Ruth: It’s Time to Find a Man

Ruth 3:1-18

We now move on to how Ruth becomes married and has a child who will be in the lineage of the Messiah.

Naomi knew she would not be able to find a man for herself because of her age and the absence of child-bearing. Ruth was her only hope. Naomi tells Ruth to go where Boaz was and after he finished working, eating and drinking he would lay down. When he laid day, Naomi  told Ruth to go uncover his feet and lay with him. Ruth responded with love and compassion.

Verse 5: “I will do whatever you say.”

Ruth could have told her mother-in-law no, however, Ruth knew how much wisdom Naomi had. She loved Naomi and knew she must obey.

She goes to the field where Boaz is and follows the directions of Naomi. When Boaz awakens during the  night he finds Ruth and ask her, “Who are you?” Ruth responds, “I am your servant Ruth. Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”

Boaz responded with sincerity. He explained to Ruth that her kindness was great. Boaz knew she could have ran after younger and richer men, but she did not.

Boaz continues telling her that he is kinsman, however, he knew there was a closer kinsman. Instead of lying and taking her for his own, he did the right thing. Boaz told Ruth he must first go ask the closer kinsman if he would marry and if he does not then he will.

I must stop here for a moment. I believe that Boaz really liked Ruth. I believe he really thought she was beautiful. Instead of committing a sin or doing the wrong thing, Boaz followed the law to the letter. He did want to marry her, but Boaz knew it would not be right by the law. Boaz showed his true character of honesty.

Then Ruth laid with Boaz till morning but left before anyone could see. (She probably did not want to be the talk of the town gossip.) Boaz also left her with 6 measures of barley to take home to Naomi. There Boaz goes again showing his sincerity and kindness to others.

Ruth returned home to Naomi and told her all the details and gave her the barley Boaz had sent. Naomi knew Boaz would not rest until the matter was settled today.

Ruth 4:1-22

Moving on to chapter 4, where the fairytale will continue.

Boaz went to town and found the kinsman-redeemer he had spoken about. He asked him to sit down with him as well as requesting ten of the town elders to sit as well. Boaz was conducting business and wanted to makes sure everything was done by the Law. Again we see Boaz’s integrity.

Boaz explained to the kinsman about Naomi having land that belong to their brother Elimelech and he should by the land since he was the next in line and no one else should by. He agreed, however, then Boaz throws a curve ball. He also explains that he not only will acquire the land but also a young lady named Ruth as to keep the name of the dead with the property. The kinsman-redeemer then said he would not be able to redeem the land. In these times to redeem and transfer property, one party took off a sandal and gave to the other legalizing the transaction in Israel. So the kinsman-redeemer removed his sandal and gave to Boaz, and explained for him to buy the land.

The elders and people were the witnesses that the matter was handled correctly by the law at that time. The elders and people told Boaz “may he have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.   Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” The town praised Boaz and wanted him blessed.

So Ruth and Boaz marry and have a child who is named Obed, who was the father of Jesse who was the father of David and they live happily ever after.

You may think this is just a nice story about a girl who was very fortunate to marry the right person. But God had a plan. He knew Ruth would be the mother of Obed who would be in the lineage of the promised Messiah. Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz never knew what the future was going to hold for them and their families but the one above sure did.

There were several opportunities for one of them to not act in the correct faithful manner, but they did.

There were times they could have walked away from situations, but they didn’t.

There were times they could have behaved sinfully, but they didn’t.

There were times they did not have to think of others, but they did.

There were times they could have broken the laws, but they didn’t.

We are unaware of the plans God has for us, but God does.

There are times when we make decisions that we do not know the consequences, but God does.

There are times when we feel God is not answering our prayers or listening to us, but God is.

How does this fairytale story from the Old Testament relate to me and today?

We need to live faithful to God and trust in Him. We should obey His laws. We should read His Word, spend time learning more about Him, so we will know how to treat others. We need to live knowing that we may not receive our reward here, but we can receive an eternal reward that is worth far more and will last far longer than anything on this earth.  We do not need to hurt others for our own personal gain.  We need to always treat others with the love that Jesus has for us.  We need to remember that because of Jesus our sins are forgiven.  Someone DID AND DOES love us enough to sacrifice their life for us. 

Will you sacrifice your life for Him?

Will you sacrifice things on earth for Him?

Will you go out into the world and be a Ruth, Naomi or Boaz?

I pray you will!

The Kindess of Ruth and Boaz Continues

Ruth 2:5-23

We left off with Ruth working in the field of Boaz. Boaz had returned from town and in his usual manner he addressed his workers with respect. As a result of his respect for them, the harvesters respected Boaz.

In verse 5, Boaz asks his foreman about Ruth. With all his harvesters in a field which I’m sure was very large, he noticed one person – Ruth. I’m sure God had a hand in making sure Boaz’s eyes were toned in on her. The foreman explained Ruth was a Moabite who came with Naomi and had asked him to glean in the fields.

Boaz spoke to Ruth in verse 8 but not with harshness or insult but with kindness and love. Boaz told Ruth to stay in his fields with his servant girls and not to glean in another field. He warned the men not to harm Ruth. He also told her whenever she was thirsty, to please get a drink from the water jars.

Boaz could have kicked this lady out of his field but he did not. He saw she was a good hardworking lady and he rewarded her. He also knew she was a Moabite woman who had accompanied Naomi who wasn’t. I’m sure he thought about what Ruth had given up for the mother of her deceased husband.

Ruth was humbled. We know this because in verse 10 she bowed her face to the ground and asked Boaz “why have I found favor in your eyes…. a foreigner.” Boaz replied by letting her know he knew all Ruth had done for Naomi and how she left her homeland to come live with people she did know. The final sentences show Boaz’s true character.

“May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

Boaz knew the Lord. He knew he was the God of Israel. He knew God would reward her for her kindness and for following Him. Ruth knew whose wings to go to for refuge – the Lord God of Israel and no other God. Ruth replied with kindness by thanking him for giving her comfort and speaking kindly to her.

The story continues with Boaz’s kindness. He not only let her work in his fields, but at mealtime, Boaz had her come eat with him and dip her bread in the wine vinegar. She took the grain he offered and ate all she wanted and had some leftover.  She then did not waver, she went back to work.  When she had finished, Boaz gave orders to the men to be nice to her, not embarrass her and not to rebuke her.

Again, Boaz shows his kindness by offering her his grains and making sure she was not harmed. He had no obligation to feed her and offer her a safe haven but he did.

Ruth worked hard till evening and headed home. She had gathered about an ephah – which is about 3/5 bushel. Now, that sounds like a lot for one person to pick but to carry but she did it without complaining. When Ruth got to Naomi she handed her the barley and she also brought her what she had left from her lunch.  She could have kept for herself, but she shared with her mother-in-law.

Naomi was curious as to where she worked that day and said, “Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” Ruth explained to her it was Boaz. Naomi then said, “Lord Bless this man.” She knew he had not stopped showing kindness to the living or dead because he was one of their close relatives. Naomi told her to make sure to go back to his fields because someone else may harm her. Ruth did as she said and stayed close and gleaned barley and wheat until the harvest was up while living with her mother-in-law, Naomi.

gleaning ruth

As I look back on this story, there are a couple things that pop out at me.

First, Boaz show much kindness and love to Ruth. She was a Moabite woman and Boaz probably did not have to show her any kindness because a stranger of another country had come to his field to work. But, He allowed her to continue to glean in his fields with his girls. He told the men not to harm her. Boaz also allowed her to eat with him.

Does Boaz not have some of the loving characteristics of the Lord God of Israel?  Does Boaz not act as the Lord says in His Word we are to act and treat others?

  • Spoke with kindness
  • Gave her safety
  • Fed and gave her water

Does not God offer us all these things?

God speaks to us with kindness. We know we have nothing to worry about. He says in His Word He will keep us safe. The Lord will feed and clothe us.

Boaz had the Lord in his heart and was giving to Ruth what the Lord had given to him.  Boaz was sharing the Lord with Ruth.

Times have changed, but His Word has not and how we are to treat others has not!

Secondly, Ruth was a very humble lady. She spoke to her master with respect and thankfulness in her tone. Ruth worked hard. She did not go about her working half-heartedly or with evil in her heart. Not only was she picking enough barley and wheat for herself, she picked enough for her mother-in-law, Naomi. She could have been jealous or envious of Naomi because she was not in this field doing all the work. But she wasn’t

When Ruth ate all she needed, not all she wanted, at mealtime with Boaz, she left some to carry home to Naomi. She did not take it all for herself. Instead she shared with Naomi.

Ruth’s action portray characteristics Christians should have who have The Lord in their heart. She spoke to others in command with respect and thankfulness. She worked hard at her work. She not only provided for herself, she unselfishly provided for her mother-in-law without complaining!

Do we act like this in our daily walk? Do we treat others this way? Do we share what the Lord has provided us with?  Do we share without complaining?

Boaz and Ruth’s actions and characteristics of respect, love, gentleness, compassion, and faith are prime examples of how we should love, respect and care for others.

Will you go out today and be a Boaz and Ruth??

The Study of Ruth Continues – Chapter 2

I would like to first begin by saying I am sorry. The month of December was crazy – as I’m sure it was in your life as well. I did not blog as I should have. I am disappointed, however, I am not going to sulk long. I’m going to be committed now and start back.
My goal is to do at least 3 a week. I had begun the study of Ruth in November which I was enjoying very much. I have decided to continue this study now. I have done away with the Mapping Monday, Worship Wednesday & Food for Friday at this time. Thank you for staying with me and I pray you will receive a blessing from my blog. I would also like to ask you to share with friends and family or on social media. I really would like to get my blog out for others to read.

We have studied chapter 1. Below are the two posts for Chapter 1.

Ruth Post 1

Ruth Post 2

Now to Chapter 2. Ruth 2:1-4 (NIV)

At the end of Chapter 1, Naomi & Ruth arrive in Bethlehem as the harvest of barley is beginning. Naomi had a relative from her husband side who lived there. His name was Boaz and he was of good standing.

Now let me give a few details about Boaz before we go any further. He was from the clan of Elimelech. He was a wealthy farmer but he was a man of his word as well (we will see this as we continue the study). Boaz was sensitive to those in need, because he allowed the poor to glean in his fields. Gleaning in a field was where the poor would pick up any grain that was dropped on the ground and use for food. In those days this was law and helped to feed the poor and prevent owners from hoarding. We will see in future chapters he was very successful.

In the scriptures it states Ruth asked Naomi to let her go into the field and pick leftover grain. Naomi told her to go out my daughter. Now both of these ladies were truly respectful of each other. Ruth did not expect Naomi to be capable of going out into the fields. Ruth offered to go out to help them find food. Ruth did not sit around and wait for the older more mature Lady Naomi to figure out what to do – she took it upon herself to do.

Are you respectful to your elders?

Do you help older people when you see a need?

Now Naomi to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” Remember Ruth is not her daughter but a daughter-in-law. Naomi considered Ruth as her own flesh and blood and respected her as if she was. Ruth was not of Naomi’s bloodline or heritage, but she respected and loved her.

Do you love your in-laws as Naomi loved Ruth?

Do you love others who are not of your family, race, sex, etc?

Ruth went out into the fields BUT she had no idea she was in the field of Boaz. God was in control again. He knew the plans – He wanted her in this field. If it is God’s plan, He will send you where He wants you.

Boaz enters the story. He had been in town at Bethlehem, probably taking care of business or meeting with others. Instead of walking past the harvesters, the servants and the poor and ignoring them or speaking harshly to them, Boaz speaks with kind words. Not just kind words – words of Prayer.

Vs. 4a “The Lord be with you!”

From this statement, we see many things about his character. We see his kindness to the people. I can just picture him waving, smiling and speaking these kind words. We see he cared for these people. Why did he speak if he did not? He was the business man, he had plenty to do. He didn’t have time for them – BUT HE DID. Boaz was also a man who believed in the Lord. We know this by his statement. He was not ashamed of the Lord. He wanted everyone to know even the people in the fields working, the poor and the less fortunate.

Wow, what a boss, what a person!

Do you speak to people who may be under you at work, school, or the world in an uplifting manner or in an arrogant manner?

But, here is another amazing thing. The people in the fields called back to him.

Vs. 4b “The Lord bless you!”

We did not hear the employee’s talk harshly. They did not yell or talk under their breath. They blessed him back. These people must have loved this man. These people must have respected this man.

Do you speak to people with authority with this respect and love?

As I close this study of these 4 amazing verses, let’s look the character traits of these three people.

  • Humble
  • Respect
  • Love
  • Courteous
  • Virtuous
  • Hard-working
  • Embrace
  • Acknowledge
  • God Believing
  • Trust
  • Faith

Naomi, Ruth and Boaz are no doubt God believing and God-fearing people. They each showed respect to one another, to people of higher standard as well as people of lower standard. They loved others and showed others their love.

Are you striving to have these character traits?

Can others give any of these character traits when asked about you?

Does God see these traits in your actions and words?

We all can be committed to being more like these 3 people in our daily walk. We can all be committed to helping others, loving others, and praying for others. Will you be committed today to working on having these traits?


Please leave comments to your thoughts on this study and on the characters.