Earlier in the book, Naomi balked at her name. She did not want to be called Naomi any longer because it meant “pleasant.” Instead, she wanted to be called Mara because her life had become so “bitter” by God’s hand.
Here we see another name being emphasized. This time, the city elders and others at the gate blessed Boaz and called on the Lord to make his name well known in Bethlehem (v. 11). The lineage of Jesus is recorded in two different places in the Gospels, and we don’t recognize many of the names listed, but Boaz is one that we do. His name had indeed become great in Bethlehem, but because of one of his descendants who would later be born in Bethlehem, the name Boaz is known far outside of the modest town. Boaz appeared to be a man who lived in a way not to make much of his own name but the name of another—the Lord.
How have you sought to make your name great only to see it backfire? When have you sought instead to make God’s name great and have seen Him bless you?