Day Two: Negotiations at the Town Gate

Ruth 4:1 (NIV) – Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.

The story of Ruth is a wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness to his people and also to the triumph of his kingdom as evidenced by the genealogy that follows through Boaz and Ruth having a son named Obed, who is the grandfather of king David and so on until Christ. One of the key moments in the story is the negotiation that Boaz has with the guardian-redeemer at the town gate. He masterfully navigates the business dealing with delicate matters of land and taking on of a widow named Ruth. The outcome not only serves to preserve the family line but also continues the lineage of God’s masterplan of salvation.

1. In what ways can daily business deals affect your life, especially your prayer life?

2. How can you pray so that your daily business at work or at home will lead to greater works for the kingdom of God?

Prayer: Lord, let me follow the example of Boaz who worked tirelessly and humbly for your kingdom. In Jesus Christ, amen.

Let’s worship to the song, “No longer I by Matt Redman.

– MK