Bible Reading / Book By Book: Genesis to 2 Samuel
Day 64 / Ruth 3
Ruth goes through a custom to declare her willingness to marry Boaz. Boaz marrying Ruth is also a legal transaction involving land. She is supposed to have a son who will inherit Elimelech’s land. The transaction must be witnessed by the elders at the town gate. There is a relative who is more closely related to Ruth and should have been the one to marry her, but apparently he is less godly than Boaz.
He’s willing to get the land, but not the wife. He was interested in getting the land and passing it to one of his sons, not having a son through Ruth and giving the land to him. At the end we are given the detail that the marriage is in the lineage of David, a future king of Israel, which also means they are in the lineage of Jesus (Matthew 1:5).
God turns another problem into a bigger solution than anyone could have anticipated. Ruth and Naomi can’t even provide for themselves and God turns that into a future king of Israel and eventually Jesus, who will save everyone from their sins. Like Rahab, Ruth is one of the rare women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus and is not an Israelite.
For those of you looking for a spouse, don’t miss the qualifications of Ruth and Boaz. They were people who depended on God and did the right thing even when inconvenient. Boaz was kind, generous and protective. Ruth was loving, faithful and hard-working. Those things don’t sound very romantic but form a better basis for a great marriage!
Ruth 3 (NASB)
Boaz Will Redeem Ruth
3 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. 3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your bestclothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.” 5 She said to her, “All that you say I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7 When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative.” 10 Then he said, “May you be blessed of the Lord, my daughter. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence. 12 Now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. 13 Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the Lord lives. Lie down until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Again he said, “Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.” So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her. Then she went into the city. 16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did it go, my daughter?” And she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 She said, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” 18 Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.”