Boaz was a wealthy farmer who lived in Bethlehem. Boaz was an ancestor of Christ and a wealthy relative of Ruth's father-in-law Elimelech. He was a successful and shrewd businessman but still was sensitive to those in need, especially caring for his workers. He had a keen sense of responsibility and integrity.
Boaz was attracted to Ruth when she was working in his fields. He asked who she was and when he realized she had been faithful to his relative Naomi, he took several steps to help her. He told her she could eat and drink with his servants, and told his reapers to let some handfuls of grain fall on purpose for her. The barley that Ruth gleaned she took home to Noami.
Boaz married Ruth and became the grandmother of Jesse, who was the father of David. Jesus Christ descended from David.
Boaz' story is told in Ruth.
'And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi. Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.' Ruth 4:9, 10
We can learn from Boaz that God often uses little decisions to carry out his big plan.
until next time...nel