So what do we make of Boaz? Ruth is a short story, yet its portrait of him has amazing depth. He is of the royal line, which assumes at this point before David that he is head of the tribe of Judah. He is a wealthy land owner with a foreman and servants. He is used to authority – he is able to protect Ruth from molestation and can call ten men to hear a case at the city gates. He is obviously respected in the community. Herein is the “problem:” Boaz a very eligible bachelor.
Ruth is a wonderful story. It has the stuff of every great tale – tragedy and triumph, allegiance and dedication, love and romance, scheming and triumph. But its purpose goes beyond heartwarming inspiration: it involves the resolution of a complex legal problem that touches on the royal line of David itself. And in that resolution, it gives us one of the great heroes of Scripture, Boaz, in whome we see a powerful example of the quality of divine mercy. David at his best will