Often when we read the book of Ruth, some of us may think that it teaches how mothers and daughter-in-laws should behave towards one another. It is the truth that both can learn much from Naomi and Ruth in this respect. But surely, there are teachings for brothers too?
1. Wealthy, but not snobby
Boaz was “a man of great wealth” (Ruth 2.1) – yet he greeted those who served him instead of waiting for them to greet him (Ruth 2.4). He did not only have company with those who were elders of the people, but could identify someone who was lowly and in need and brought them closer to himself to help them (Ruth 4.1-2; 2.14).
2. Wealthy, but of a sharing spirit
Boaz was generous not only in words, but in deed too (1 John 3.18). He let Ruth glean among his own fields (Ruth 2.8-9), which showed not only obedience to God’s law (Lev 19.9-10; 23.22), but demonstrated his compassion as Israelites should remember that their forefathers suffered hardship in Egypt and so should also take care of those who are in difficulties (Deut 24.21-22).
3. Wealthy, but did not let his right hand know what is left hand was doing
Some people may disagree. Boaz told his servants how they should let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her (Ruth 2.16). But the context does not contain any indication that Boaz wanted to let everyone know the good thing that he was doing, which is totally different when contrasted with the people who blew their own trumpets when they did similar deeds (Mt 6.1-4). Boaz did the good deed in such a way that it was hidden from Ruth’s eyes.
In conclusion, the truth is all of us are wealthy in God’s grace (2 Cor 8.2). Now that we have been furnished with God’s teachings about Boaz, let us follow in His good example so that we may be transformed, from glory to glory, that we may attained to the likeness of the perfect man, our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor 3.18; Eph 4.13; Col 1.28). Amen.