Meanwhile…Boaz goes into town and wouldn’t you know it…..GUESS WHO WALKS BY? Yes! It’s our mystery “close relative”!! What a coinky dink!! So Boaz puffs out his chest and says in a deep voice (ok, my version again) “Step aside, man…sit down…we need to chat.” Then Boaz gathers up about 10 members of his posse and says, “Why don’t you guys sit down here for a sec.” Then Boaz looks over at the cousin and says, “Ok. Here’s the dealio….there is land that our relative Elimelech had that is being sold by his widow, Naomi. I wanted you to know and you can buy it back….right here and now…but if you don’t want it then I’m next in line.”
Second cousin spits out, “I’ll buy it.” He doesn’t know where. He doesn’t know how big and he doesn’t know how much but he sure wants first rights. Boaz says, “Cool…..and oh yeah, you also get a mother-in-law, a widowed daughter-in-law and the responsibility to have more kids to carry on the family name. But, hey…..you want it, you got it.”
I imagine that Boaz gets up, winking at his peeps and starts to walk away when the cousin says, “Wwwait a minute. I can’t jeopardize my OWN family inheritance …so….you can have it.” Boaz gives him a high five and seals the deal.
PHEW!!! I wonder if Boaz gambled much? He sure had a poker face during that confrontation. God is good…..all the time……all the time….God is good.