Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi.
Ruth 4:8-9 KJV
Boaz was a very meticulous man. He followed the process of Kinsman redemption ( read our vignette earlier on this ). When the man removed his shoes and handed same to Boaz, the deal was done. For the first time, Boaz made an announcement. Naomi was right. The man did not rest. Then in v10, he zeroed in on Ruth, and he got the nods on every side. It takes the same energy to break the rules and to wait for it. Here are a few rhetorical observations from Ryan Holiday’s book: The Obstacle Is the Way, ” How often do we compromise or settle because we feel that the real solution is too ambitious or outside our grasp? How often do we assume that change is impossible because it’s too big? Involves too many difficult groups? ” Ryan Holiday continues, ” Or worse, how many people are paralyzed by all their ideas and inspirations? They chase them all and go nowhere, distracting themselves and never making headway. They’re brilliant, sure, but they rarely execute. They rarely get where they want and need to go?”. All these quotes are not from a Bible commentary. They are gleanings from Meaning Ring, which shows the universality of peoples desire for the process. It may look easier to have pregnated Ruth that night, than go through the process. Don’t do it. The New Testament injunction is in James 1:4. Follow the process with patience.