Ruth’s Appeal to Boaz
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Ruth 3:1-13, Proverbs 31:10-31, Ephesians 1:7-12
BY Rebecca Faires
Everybody has awkward first dates. Right?
Naomi set Ruth up on an incredibly intimate and awkward first date. First of all, she tells Ruth to go to the threshing floor. In the ancient world, the threshing floor was sometimes like the middle school bleachers. In fact, the threshing floor was often a place where folks went to make whoopee (Hosea 9:1).
But this was far from Naomi’s scheme for Ruth that night. Instead, it’s a plan to find Ruth’s kinsman redeemer (Ruth 2:20). Naomi wants to find a husband for Ruth; she wants Ruth to be at rest. Boaz was a good guy. He was a farmer. I imagine him with a weathered face and hands, and on this day he was winnowing. Winnowing meant “party time” because it’s the final step in separating the barley from the chaff. The harvest was finally ready, and he and his workers were having a well-earned celebration.
Boaz was a good boss. He worked with the harvesters, then ate and drank and celebrated with them. The boss doesn’t have to get his hands dirty, but great bosses aren’t too proud to serve when they are needed. Then he went to bed at a good hour, so that he was already asleep by midnight. He was all set to be ready for work again the next morning.
Boaz lay out in the barley that night, not because he didn’t have a bed, but to guard his harvest and to be close to work tomorrow. Naomi sends Ruth to him. And when you put a man and a woman together alone in the dark, it’s a risk, right? But Naomi knew Boaz was sober-minded and Ruth was chaste. Naomi trusted that Boaz would tell Ruth what to do.
Our dear Ruth creeps onto his farm, uncovers his feet and lies down on the hard ground, waiting for Boaz to wake up and acknowledge her. This date is completely terrifying! She could’ve easily doubted the whole thing, wondering, “What if Naomi was wrong? What if Boaz looks at me and recoils in horror? What if he rejects me?”
I imagine her lying there at his feet, watching the stars in their courses, listening to the wind in the barley, and awaiting either her doom or her redemption.
She calls to him, “I am Ruth, your servant….Take me under your wing” (Ruth 3:9). And that night Boaz sends her away no less chaste but much happier than when she came. He gives her the promise of marriage and protection.
We, too, are sometimes on the cold, hard ground of life, putting our reputation at risk, waiting for our redemption. Call out to your Redeemer, who waits to take you under His wing.
45 thoughts on "Ruth’s Appeal to Boaz"
This is a very powerful story the fact that Ruth displayed so much obedience to Naomi she trusted Naomi’s judgment as a woman of God. I think Ruth could feel Naomi being led by God, and I could imagine Ruth praying asking God for strength, courage,and guidance before even going, and even on her way there she was probably so nervous but courageous at the same time to step out on faith.Boaz was an honorable man of God cause if he wasn’t it could’ve went a totally different way but the Hand Of God was all over this. I belive that each person Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz was led by God. Boaz mentioned the Lord when he said in (Ruth 3:12 ) “Yes it is true that I am a family redeemer, but there is a redeemer closer than I am.” Right in that instant he gave the glory to Christ Jesus that we’ve been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. He was humble,and in all honesty all the glory belongs to God. So I’m so grateful for this reading plan it has truly blessed me. Thank you
Catching up after several days of touring! I loved the image Rebecca painted of Ruth waiting on the threshing floor. I can imagine her laying there, not knowing exactly what the future holds, but trusting enough to remain in the waiting.
Mari V- Praying for you and your situation. May God grant you peace.
Thank you Arina for the commentary, it was great to add the context and deep dive even further into the story. Ladies, your comments have been so encouraging and insightful as always. I love the thought that we are covered and protected!
Mari, praying for you. She’s, if you could please pray for my friend as well (we’ll call her “A”), she just made a TRO against her uncle and needs to go to court soon to get it extended. I pray God’s protection and peace over Mari and A, that they will be sheltered under God’s mighty wings. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Catching up on my readings. This was so good! <3
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