Ruth waited, Boaz confronted, and the nearer kinsman declined.
But why? Why was Boaz, the near kinsman, able to redeem, where the nearer one could not?
Quickly assessing the opportunity, this closer relative realized having Ruth for a wife, would ruin his inheritance. He would be spending his own money to purchase something his children would not inherit. Elimelech’s field would accede to the child he fathered for Mahlon, and he was unable or unwilling to share his inheritance.
Therefore, today we come to the most important lesson of this series.