Greetings to the Father, Angels and saints in Christ. I received this one on 4/12/07 at 4.47 p.m. when the Spirit told me that I had missed something in Ruth 4. Curiosity piqued, I took up my Bible and read it and there it was. I had missed the conspiracy between Naomi and Boaz which raised other interesting questions in my mind. Look at Ruth 4: 1-4

“Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down. And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech’s:

And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee…”

Can you see the humor, if you will? How did Boaz take it upon himself to sell Naomi’s property? There was some sort of collaboration taking place between Ruth, Naomi and Boaz subsequent to that first meeting. Was Boaz a regular visitor to the harvest fields (he did have his interests to take care of, after all)? Did he repeatedly invite Ruth to dinner? Did they have conversations? At what point did he speak with Naomi about the sale of the property? Was Ruth aware of their “plot”. It does not appear so, but once she received instructions to go down to the threshing floor, she was at least a willing participant.

As I read about Boaz’s statement that the purchase of the land involved the purchase of Ruth in order to raise up seed, I was taken back to Gen 38. Pharez was born because a desperate woman named Tamar wanted a child. She had lost 2 husbands and was not given in marriage to Selah as promised by her father in law. She waited and waited for this boy to grow up, but realized that Judah had changed his mind when Selah was given in marriage to someone else. She interpreted his actions to mean that Judah thought that she was too old to have children and was unable to raise up seed in the family name.

We now have to think the way they thought – a child was a legacy to carry on the family name and to receive the inheritance so that it would not go to waste. Tamar wanted a child so badly that she trapped Judah into it. I wonder why she did not propose to him since he was now a widower, but she did not. Maybe she was really angry. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

We have to look deeper than that, however, because God appeared to be the one who was desperate for Tamar to have this child! (Gen 38: 6-10). Look at the strategies that He used unsuccessfully (Er was killed because he was wicked and He also killed Onan for disobeying the command to raise up SEED for his dead brother). Your blessing cannot have a wicked father or mother. Tamar must have understood that God had a plan when she took matters into her own hands.

Now God winked at her ignorance just as He winked at a lot of the ignorance back then, so if you follow her example, be sure you will be in trouble, because we are living under a new dispensation. Tamar could not rest until she brought forth that SEED. That seed was PHAREZ and we previously showed how Pharez became the important issue of the womb that would later become the forerunner of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Pharez was a man after the order of his grandfather Jacob, behaving just like him (LAW OF SIMILARITIES). His greatness is encapsulated in the words of the people “Let thy house be like the house of Pharez” (Ruth 4:12). Boaz understood the purpose of God in Tamar and that is why he used the parallel when he told the kinsman that the person to marry Ruth would be raising up seed to her dead husband. He was referring, I believe, to a revelation that God had given him about the reason for marrying Ruth and not another woman. God wanted a SEED, not just a child. Jacob had many sons and grandsons, but God was looking for the SEED.

Boaz knew by revelation that God wanted to do the same for him, to bless him with a Pharez who would become a prince, a man like Israel, a ruler in the earth (not by the same means). I am trying not to rush ahead here, so I will give the understanding as I received it. God is trying to teach us something here:

  • He has something in your ancestry that He wants you and your offspring to fully reveal in the earth.
  • He wants to honor the faithfulness of someone in your family by giving you the right mate and therefore the SEED. For me, that will be my dear mother (I honor her today for giving me to the Lord before I was born).

Tamar remained forever in Jesus’ family line because she had brought forth the SEED (don’t pattern her, though).

  • God does not only want to honor someone in your past, but He also wants to bring forth a new order. For Boaz it was Obed, the servant; Jesse the gift and David who was well beloved by God then Jesus the Savior.

Remember that Pharez, as great as he was, really was thought of by the people as a divider, although God proved them wrong. Can you think of the implications of the SEED for your own family line and for the nations of the world? God is saying that your Boaz or Ruth is for the purpose of bringing forth a seed of greatness who would bring deliverance after the manner of the Lord. No where are Er, Onan and Ruth’s husband mentioned in the Lord’s family tree.

God will test you to see how far you will go in obeying him in choice of His mate for your life. Furthermore, even if you are or have been rejected by an Onan or a kinsman, God will give you a Judah, a Ruth or a Boaz, someone worthy of your love.

Your Judah is your praise, which prepares the way for deliverance (Ps 50: 23).

He will give you a Boaz (fleetness), with the spirit that will “mount up with wings as eagles… run, and not be weary…walk, and not faint” (Isa 40:31). Your Boaz will run the race and obtain the prize (1 Cor 9:24), just like Boaz did. His strength will be renewed daily. He is like his offspring David, a mighty warrior in battle (spiritual warfare) as described in Psalm 18, who ran through a troop, “leaped over a wall”, leapt up and away from his enemies, broke steel bows, pursued and wounded his enemies, beat them down to the dust and scared the devil out of them.

God had a divine generational connection in Boaz’s in family:

On one end there was Tamar, Judah and Pharez who were connected to Boaz, Naomi and Ruth, who were connected to Obed, Jesse and David, who were connected to Mary, Joseph and Jesus.

The similarity was that a seed was raised up by someone on behalf of another. The chief conspirator was actually the Almighty God, who alone has the foreknowledge of His eternal plans and allows us the great privilege of partaking. This is a high calling and may He count us worthy to partake. Next time, more on the importance of the seed.