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Embracing Responsibilities      Ruth 3:10-13a; 4:1-4a, 9-10, 13-17     Aug. 26, 2012


Introduction

      Today some people seem to avoid their responsibilities. Boaz was not that kind of man. No doubt the Lord placed him in the genealogy of Jesus.

 

1.   Embrace Responsibilities by . . Accepting Them. 3: 10-13a

      A.  Accepting Them . . Honorably. 3:10-12

      10 Then he said, “May the LORD bless you, my daughter. You have shown more kindness now than before,

       because you have not pursued younger men, whether rich or poor.

       11 Now don’t be afraid, my daughter. I will do for you whatever you say, since all the people in my town

       know that you are a woman of noble character.

       12 Yes, it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am.

 

      B.  Accepting Them . . Happily. 3:13

      13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning, if he wants to redeem you, that’s good. Let him redeem you. But

       if he doesn’t want to redeem you, as the LORD lives, I will.


       It is an enjoyment to see someone accept responsibilities with an honorable and a happy attitude. Many people accept opportunities to serve with a begrudging attitude, rather than one of eagerness to serve. Someone might say “but this involves a pretty woman.” Yes that is true but it also includes the attachment of some serious requirements. But to accept this responsibility was the honorable thing to do. Boaz seemed to do it happily. He acted as if the Lord was in control and he would be pleased to be obedient to Him. My wife and I are going through some events right now that might have a pleasant end result. As I thought out some questions my wife says to me, “I believe this is of the Lord, this is His doing”. When we reflect with that thought it brings forth praise.

 

2.   Embrace Responsibilities by . . Acting Biblically. 4:1-4a

      A.  Acting Responsible with . . Proper Protocol. 4:1-2

1 Boaz went to the gate of the town and sat down there. Soon the family redeemer Boaz had spoken about came by. Boaz called him by name and said, “COME over here and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.

       2 Then Boaz took 10 men of the town’s elders and said, “SIT here.” And they sat down.

 

      B.  Acting Responsible with . . Patient Presentation. 4:3-4a

3 He said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has returned from the land of Moab, is selling a piece of land that belonged to our brother Elimelech.

       4 I thought I should inform you: Buy it back in the presence of those seated here and in the presence of the

       elders of my people. If you want to redeem it, do so. But if you do not want to redeem it, tell me so that I

       will know, because there isn’t anyone other than you to redeem it, and I am next after you.” “I want to

       redeem it,” he answered.


      Boaz knew all the proper ways and protocol in taking such a matter to the men of town at the city gate. I believe he wanted to take Ruth to be his wife but he did not try to side step the proper ways of presenting the business opportunity to the first in line as next of kin. Boaz knew all the ways in which the presentation should be made and he proceeded that way. For anyone to make a proper presentation brings respect and honor to him. People respect such a man and honor his ways. He has a fine reputation and gains respect for his name.

 

3.   Embrace Responsibilities by . . Acquiring In A Biblical Manner 4:9-10

      A.  Acquiring Biblically Elimelech’s . . Land. 4:9

9 Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “YOU are witnesses today that I am buying from Naomi everything that belonged to Elimelech, Chilion, and Mahlon.

 

      B.  Acquiring Biblically Mahlon’s. . Lady. 4:9

10 I will also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, to perpetuate the deceased man’s name on his property, so that his name will not disappear among his relatives or from the gate of his home. You are witnesses today.”


       Boaz knew what was required to acquire the land of Elimelechs and Mahlon’s lady and he proceeded to do that in front of the proper witnesses. Today we don’t do things with the same details but we still have laws related to the proper way to proceed in such matters. Sometimes someone might want the land but not the lady or a relative could want the lady but not the land. Boaz’s willingness included a desire for the land and the lady. Boaz announced to the witnesses his willingness and that made the transaction easier for all involved,


 

4.   Embrace Responsibilities by . . Associating with God’s Plan. 4:13 & 17

       A.   Associating with God’s Plan of . . Genesis. 4:13

       13 Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he was intimate with her, the LORD enabled her to

       conceive, and she gave birth to a son.

 

       B.   Associating with God’s Plan of the . . Genealogy of Jesus. 4:13. 4:17

       17 The neighbor women said, “A son has been born to Naomi,” and they named him Obed. He was the

       father of Jesse, the father of David.

 

Embracing the responsibilities of God’s plan associated Boaz with God’s plan of genesis and the future genealogy of the Christ Child. What a privilege to be in the family tree of the Christ Child. You know

m any people make a big deal out of the family tree as it is associated with the signers of the Declaration of Independence or some other famous historical document. We must admit many of those documents led to Embracing Responsibilities for which we are very fond. Amen? Amen!