I just finished reading “Real Valor” by author, Steve Farrar.
In his book he follows the character of Boaz throughout the book of Ruth and points out traits that he exhibits that caused him to stand out as a mighty man – a warrior – for God. When we talk of warriors many times we think of those on the battlefield leading great armies into victory beyond all odds. While Boaz’ story did not include him leading mighty men into battle, he was no less a warrior. He was a great protector. He was a redeemer. He was a man of honor.
He was a hero.
Yes, Boaz was a hero – especially to a woman named Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite and Moabites were a rough civilization. They killed their young by sacrificing them in fire. The abused their women. Their minds and culture were utterly corrupt. Ruth had married into the family of Elimelech and was the daughter-in-law of a woman named Naomi. When Naomi’s husband and two sons were killed in battle, one of which was Ruth’s husband, she decided to go back home to Jerusalem and Ruth committed to join her rather than staying in her own country.
Through a God-ordained string of events Ruth met Boaz who treated her very kindly by allowing her to get grain and barley from his field to feed Naomi and herself. He instructed his workers to treat her with respect and not to bother her – even to intentionally leave extra grain for her to pick up. As months passed and through additional blessing and favor from God, Boaz ended up marrying Ruth because he was considered a “kindsman redeemer” due to his relationship to Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law. Boaz made the choice to step up and take Ruth, a Moabite woman, as his wife. They were married and had children, one of which was Obed, father of Jesse, the father of King David.
Because of Boaz’ obedience, he is included in the lineage of King David, and even better, that of Jesus Christ.
In reading “Real Valor” and also the book of Ruth, there are several traits that Boaz had that we as Christian men should consider. Here are a few:
- Boaz followed and obeyed God – he was faithful.
- Boaz’ true character was made known in crisis – and it was honorable.
- Boaz brought security to his family.
- Boaz put others needs before his own.
- Boaz was pure in heart.
So, the question is: Will you be a bozo or a Boaz?
A bozo of a man will put his interests, his career, his desires over those around him – including his family. A Boaz man is steady, well grounded, and listening for God’s direction. He is looking for ways to bless those around him.
Be a Boaz.