Scripture Reading: Ruth 3
Memory Verse: He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” Ruth 3:9 ESV
1. Looking for a place of rest/provision:
- Naomi’s Desperate Ploy for “Rest”
- This is an act of self-sufficiency. Verse1 “I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for.”
- Although the end result is righteous, the decision caused a compromising situation.
2. Righteous Covering or Compromise?
- Ruth obeys Naomi
- Ruth puts herself in the humble position of requesting Boaz to be her covering.
- Ruth is asking Boaz to “incarnate” the blessing he gave her earlier! Ruth 2:12
b. She was offered Refuge under God’s wings/Boaz’ field and provision/protection:
Psalm 91:4, Psalm 36:7, psalm 57:1, psalm 17:8, psalm 61:4, 63:7, Luke 13:34
- Ruth is asking Boaz to perform the role of the redeemer, near Kinsman. Ruth 2:20 "That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers."
(see Lev. 25:25-55); also in verses 12 and 13.
Male relative who, according to various laws found in the Pentateuch, had the privilege or responsibility to act for a
relative who was in trouble, danger, or need of vindication.
- When a widow requested the next of kin to perform the role of the goel, or kinsman-redeemer, he wasn’t forced. In fact, there were three conditions to be met:
b. He had to be able to perform;
c. He had to be willing.
3. Respond in righteousness!
- Ruth is the object of redemption! Verse 9, Who are you?" he asked.
- Two kindnesses of Ruth toward Naomi!
- Ruth will receive redemption in righteousness!
of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.
b. Nearer Kinsman? Someone else will have the first chance.
- Ruth asked. Boaz acted. Boaz affirmed with an oath. God orchestrated it all!
- God brings together husbands and wives in righteousness.
- God provides husbands to express His own promise of protection!
- All physical acts of provision and comfort are symbolic of God’s own provision!
- The sexual relationship is reserved for those who have made the commitment of marriage.
- We endanger ourselves and others when we seek to take matters into our own hands entirely.
- Propriety should be carefully maintained, even in appearances!!