PROFILE OF BOAZ, "STRENGTH"
A BENEVOLENT BUSINESSMAN
The story of Boaz is found in the Book of Ruth
And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz. – Ruth 2:1
- Boaz was a very wealthy man who lived in Bethlehem. When Naomi returned to Bethlehem with her widowed daughter-in-law, Ruth, Ruth went into the fields of Boaz to glean. Boaz learned that Ruth's deceased husband was a distant relative of his.
- He acted kindly towards Ruth and instructed his farm workers to leave extra sheaves of barley for her to gather. Ruth had another relative of her late husband who was closer than Boaz.
- By law, the other relative was obligated to marry Ruth, as stated in Deuteronomy 25:5-10. Boaz confronted the other relative with this law, and after the relative refused to marry Ruth, Boaz agreed to marry Ruth, and to buy the estate of Ruth's deceased husband.
- After they got married, Ruth had a son named Obed, who became the father of Jesse, who became the father of David. Boaz and Ruth became the great-grandparents of King David.
- When Boaz dealt with other people he always was sensitive to their needs. His words to his employees, relatives and others were colored with kindness. He offered help openly, not grudgingly.
- Boaz not only did what was right, he also did it right away.
Like Boaz, socially responsible businessmen are ready to do the right thing and to give back! Social responsibility means that individuals and companies have a duty to act in the best interests of their environments and society as a whole.