“Waiting on Your Boaz”: Everything Wrong With How We Read Ruth | Maggie Felisberto's Blog
A lot of people take Ruth to be at its heart a Boy-Meets-Girl love story. Ruth waits for Boaz, Boaz redeems Ruth, Boaz and Ruth get to be. THE REFORMED WITNESS HOUR Message theme: The First Meeting of Boaz and Ruth, Ruth Broadcast date: February 25, What can we learn from Boaz being Ruth's kinsman redeemer? The next day, Boaz met with this relative and presented the situation. The relative turned down .
In case of abuse, Report this post. Many people have different views as to what Ruth and Boaz did on the threshing floor during the night that the two were together. Ruth, Esther, and Judith.
To secure food Ruth gleans barley stalks in the field of Boaz, a kinsman of Naomi. Boaz is fascinated by Ruth from the moment he sees her, even before he knows who she is, and his interest in her increases upon acquaintance.
What Did Ruth and Boaz Do on the Threshing Floor?
However, after the barley harvest ends, after around three months, Boaz made Ruth no offer of marriage. Naomi suggests to Ruth that they need to take matters into their own hands. Rabbinic sources agree that there was no premarital sex between Ruth and Boaz.
If you are a lady, flee from such men. If you are such a man, repent! A man should be able to earn his living. He should be doing something and be consistent in it. Scripture says he who can not provide for his household is worse than an infidel.
Earn your bread, brother. Boaz was not a thrifty person. He was kind enough to ensure that his fields were left with some barley for those in need to harvest. He cared about the less- privileged Ruth 2: Marriage is all about caring for someone else and attending to their needs. Again, he was not a womanizer. He was a man of good conduct who knew how to keep his third leg from wandering away. He got to know her first before he could get intimate with her.
Both Ruth and Boaz had a past but they did not focus on that. A lot of singles are so tied down by their past that they can not move on to the glorious future God has ahead of them. You can start afresh. God is still in the business of bringing people together to enjoy marriage.
Are you ready for Him? Are you ready to forget what lies behind and press on to what lies ahead? Ruth was a widow but she got a good man. This is a detail that the Holy Spirit records so that we can get a glimpse into the heart of Ruth. Here she is, a newcomer, a stranger. She had to leave her family and her loved ones. But she is not feeling sorry for herself. She is not asking others to feel sorry for her. No, she is putting others before herself.
And, again, this is part of faith. If you love the Lord, you will love His people, and you will prefer others before yourself. That will show itself not in spectacular works but in the little details of your life.
As a mother, you will love your children; you will go about your work serving your family. As a husband, you go off to work for the day, much as Ruth does here, because you love your wife and you think about her, and maybe there is some small token of your love expressed to her during the day. It must start there, because if you do not love one another in the closest relationships, you cannot love and you will not love others in the church or your neighbors.
If we are selfish, it is going to show itself in those closest relationships. Ruth is a woman of faith, a woman of activity, and a woman of love.
Then also, Ruth is a woman of humility. She is humble before God. And that makes her humble before men. As one who is poor, she has the right to glean, but she is not demanding.
A true believer who knows his unworthiness before God will be humble, gracious, and grateful also to others. So you have these two portraits: Boaz and Ruth—two believers. They meet, and each takes note of the godliness of the other. These portraits are here in Scripture for us to emulate and follow. Let us pray that God will do that. But this also shows how God, by His Spirit, prepares these two believers, a man and a woman, for each other, to bring them together in a godly marriage.
The First Meeting of Boaz and Ruth
If you, as a Christian, are looking for a husband or a wife, this is the kind of person to look for, the kind of person to be—a Boaz, who, in his personal and private life, is a man of God; a Ruth, who trusts under the wings of the Almighty, who is industrious, who is loving, who is humble. This is the beginning of the relationship of Boaz and Ruth. It will develop into marriage. But what a foundation, what a beginning. If you are unmarried, pray that God may prepare you to be godly and to look for godliness in a spouse.
Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised. And that is true for the man, too. Winsomeness is deceitful, strength is vain; but a man that fears the Lord, he shall be praised. As we conclude this message, let us look to God and see His hand in these events. Paul says in I Corinthians We have not made ourselves to differ from others.
We have nothing to boast in against others. It was grace that opened the heart of Boaz to a Moabitish stranger.
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Why should He look on me, seeing I am a sinner? It is a question that shows the sovereign grace of God in salvation. Why should God save you or me or anyone of us? When Ruth asked this question, that is what she means: What is the answer? There is nothing in me. I once was a stranger to grace and to God. But it pleased Him to choose me and to change me to be one of His children. If we can see that, then we will be truly humble.
In verse 3 there is a statement that should make us smile.
As she went out to glean, she just happened to end up in the fields of Boaz. Was that by chance? From a human point of view, it seemed that way. Naomi had forgotten that Boaz was a kinsman. Boaz had heard of Ruth, but she was a distant foreign girl. So, was it by chance? No, God was working. The characters here were not thinking and planning.
In conclusion, there are three things I want to say about that. First, in connection with finding a godly spouse, the best you can do is to be godly and to wait on God.