Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Morning Cup of Tea: A Study of Ruth Part 3

Good morning! It's a beautiful, rainy Lord's day today and I'm here at home. Not exactly where I want to be, but there isn't much help in it today.

Because it's Sunday and this is a day for worship and family, I'm keeping this short and sweet.

Today we are in chapter 3 of Ruth. Ruth has been gleaning from fields that Boaz, relative of her dead Father in law, owns. He has made it clear to his workers that she is not to be bothered and has sent her home with extra grain.  Ruth has shown she loves Naomi and wants to do well by her. She certainly could have listened to Naomi in the beginning and gone back to her family, but she chose to be with her Mother in law.
     Naomi wants to do well by her daughter in law as well. She knows that Boaz is a relative and she's seen that he is kind to Ruth. Law at this time indicates that if a woman is left a childless widow, then the brother of her husband can marry her so as to continue the family line. If there is no brother, then the next closest relative can fulfill this duty. Ruth is young still and Naomi wants her taken care of, so she tells the young girl to bathe and get dressed --make yourself pretty!--and go down to the threshing floor where Boaz will be. Don't let him know you're down there though. When Boaz goes to lie down, watch where he goes. Then later go lie down at his feet.
   Ruth obeys Naomi. She went in and lay at the man's feet. He wakes up, alarmed that someone is near him, but she tells him who she is. He cares enough for her that he wants to protect her. He tells her that there is one who is a closer relative and could marry her. However, if this one will not, Boaz will. He allows her to sleep where she is, but before dawn, so that no one sees her, she wakes and goes home. Before she leaves, he gives her six measures of barley to take home. Ruth takes the barley to Naomi, who assures her that she will have an answer before the end of the day.

What are your thoughts on Ruth?    

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