Settled Matter

“She replied, “Wait, my daughter, until you learn how the matter turns out, for the man will not rest but will settle the matter today”” (Ruth 3:18).

Ruth followed Naomi her mother-in-law, after her husband died in Moab. She stayed with Naomi to take care of her and went to find work in the nearby fields. She caught the attention of Boaz who owned one of the fields. He had high praises for her because of her kindness towards Naomi. “But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before” (Ruth 2:11). Boaz spoke a blessing over Ruth and allowed her to continue to gather grain from his field.

When Naomi heard how Boaz treated Ruth, she told her that he was one of her close relatives and one of her redeemers. Within the Old Testament context, a redeemer was anyone who would pay off the debt for another person. In this case, since Naomi’s husbands and sons died, she needed another male relative to take over her estate. Naomi had a plan to find rest and security for Ruth. She advised her to go to Boaz’s home and to lay down near his bed that evening. She obeyed her mother in law and when Boaz recognised her, she made her request known to him. “He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer”” (Ruth 3:9).

Boaz agreed to support Ruth and told her that there was another redeemer who was closer in line. Boaz agreed to discuss the matter with the other person and decide who would redeem Ruth and Naomi. When Ruth returned and told her mother in law what Boaz said, her response was that Boaz would not rest until he settled the matter that day. Either Naomi knew Boaz quiet well and spoke as a testament to his character, or she spoke prophetically concerning what God would do. In the end, Boaz did just as Naomi said and agreed to take over her inheritance. This included marrying Ruth in order to preserve Naomi’s lineage.

“Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel” (Ruth 4:14)! Jesus is our redeemer and restorer of all things lost or stolen. At times God will use other people as helpers to support our destiny. Either way, God will not leave us without help and support in times of need. When we trust him, he will not rest until we are completely redeemed and restored. For those people in authority who have the ability to help us, God will not allow them to rest until they have settled our case.

“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).


16 thoughts on “Settled Matter

  1. This is a beautiful write up to Ruth. I love the book of Ruth, to me it’s a love story, and Boaz is likeness unto Jesus Christ. Naomi was so confident that Boaz would solve the matter. We put confidence in Christ as our redeemer.

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  2. Thank you Anneta. I appreciate this. The Book of Ruth has such a great message. Ruth expressed such a special heart, both strong and determined but reverent. There is little wonder why she is in the Lord’s bloodline. I have read commentaries about it. Once, several years ago, I saw a very well performed stage play at a theater conducted by local actors who did a superb job. (It might have been a traveling production.) They certainly got the message across as you have done here.


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  3. “God will not allow them to rest until they have settled our case.” Amen Sis! God has summoned our helpers in the spirit and until they get up and get busy resolving ours cases, God will grant them no rest til they get up and ‘get her done!’ Praise God and Thanks Girl💕

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  4. Very well expressed post. I loved the powerful and encouraging message you conveyed by drawing on Ruth’s story. Such a motivation to know that our God will not wait until He settles every pending issue in our life. Thanks for this.

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