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ruth 3:1 6 explained

In Ruth 4:13, we encounter only the second instance in the book (in addition to Ruth 1:6) where an event is expressly attributed to the hand of God. He recognized that had she sought to merely satisfy her physical desires, she would have looked elsewhere – to someone younger. So far as Naomi is concerned, “seeking security” for Ruth’s well being means getting her a husband. He agreed to her request for marriage10 because Ruth was a woman of character, and his duty (under the law) was also his delight. From the city of Bethlehem, from her mother-in-law's house there, to the threshing floor of Boaz, which was at some distance from it, and lower. 11 Other translations render this word differently (“covering,” “cloak,” “skirt,” “garment”). Why not hasten the process and gain heaven now? I think this was a “male celebration,” with no women present. In my opinion, it is a futile effort. 16 There is a good bit of discussion as to just what the quantity of grain was, but it seems fair to say that it was a generous gift, which would be as much as a woman could carry. And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord. The book of Ruth is a story. As much as Boaz wanted to comply with Ruth’s petition, there was something that he could not overlook as a man of principle, as a man who was intent on obeying God’s law. 3 I believe it is significant that the word Naomi uses here is not the word (gaal) that is used in verses 9 and 12. Intro: The book of Ruth opens with a tragedy and ends with a victory.It is the story of how God took a Moabite girl by the name of Ruth, brought her out of death and darkness and made her part of the covenant people of Israel. And this is why he refuses to become intimate with Ruth that night, and why he gave the nearest kin the opportunity to do the right thing the next day. Medication (both illegal drugs and prescription drugs) can be a shortcut. She spends the night there and leaves before dawn. But our Lord refused the easy path and chose the path of shedding His blood as the payment for our sins. He was thinking how wonderful heaven is, and how terrible his life on earth had become. But to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their minds and consciences are corrupted (Titus 1:15, NET Bible; emphasis mine). 18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. Medication should not be a substitute for discipline. Let us remember that the events of the Book of Ruth take place in the days of the judges (1:1). 6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. So why did she choose the words that she spoke to Boaz? t 3 Wash, u put on perfume, v and get dressed in your best clothes. 17 It is interesting that the Hebrew text literally reads, “Who are you, my daughter?” It is as though she was asking, “Are you Mrs. Boaz?” See the note in the NET Bible. I like the way the NASB, KJV, and NKJV translate verse 6, when it says that Ruth “did according to all that her mother-in-law commanded her.” The way I read these words, Ruth did not do everything exactly as Naomi had instructed, but she acted consistently with what she was commanded. It urged Ruth to seek a husband in a questionable and compromising manner. I have participated in the funeral service of at least one Christian who committed suicide as a shortcut. I am convinced that the same temptations were often associated with the threshing floor. Boaz was a “pure” man, and thus he was not predisposed to assume impurity on the part of Ruth. Naomi supplies one more detail. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others with you, so that at the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. 14 In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to a separate part of the harem, to the authority of Shaashgaz the king’s eunuch who was overseeing the concubines. The goal was a good one. Boaz is introduced in the narrative as an esh gibor hayil (a powerful man of integrity) in 2:1, and he pronounces the community’s opinion of Ruth as an eshat hayil (a woman of integrity, a worthy woman) in 3:11. 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.”. The subject of her being in mourning is not emphasized in the conversations that took place in chapter 2. Ruth 3:6-7 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her. Preaching text: Ruth 3:1-18; accompanying text: Matthew 7:7-8. We should begin by noting the author’s choice of words in verse 6. 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. It is, in fact, the very same expression used to describe the noble woman in Proverbs 31:10. Yes, “feet” sometimes are a euphemism in the Bible. Why would her change of attire have been perceived more easily under a blanket and in the dark of night? It is my contention that Naomi is attempting to take a shortcut in her efforts to get Ruth married to Boaz. Naomi’s proposition is pure pragmatism, and it is patently wrong for the following reasons: (1) Naomi proposes to solve a problem in secret that should have been dealt with in public. I will, however, give a brief 11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest. (12) Nowhere in the Book of Ruth is Naomi praised. Such people need to carefully consider whether their medication is truly a solution to their problems or a shortcut around them. All of this was leading up to Satan’s effort to turn the Lord Jesus from the cross (whether or not Satan grasped it at the time). No generation has had as many opportunities to read good books and commentaries, or to listen to sermons on the radio, television, or your MP3 player. As I was thinking about shortcuts (a.k.a. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing. The author lets the reader assume these things took place. So with that background in mind, let’s start reading Ruth 3:1. If he refuses to listen to the church, treat him like a Gentile or a tax collector. But “feet” are also sometimes just feet and there’s no way to know for sure what’s meant in this passage. The author takes up his account at the point that Boaz lies down for the night after eating and drinking and being merry in heart. He could not escort her home without raising all kinds of questions, nor could it be known that any woman was there on the threshing floor that night. Sitting up and leaning forward, he asked who was there. All right, I’m already in trouble with some people, so let me go a bit further. So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. Let me suggest a few. We know that some people suffer from depression and need psychiatric drugs, at least for a time. 15 “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault when the two of you are alone. Biblical Commentary Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Understanding the context is critical to understanding this lectionary reading. But there are also some children who just need parents who will insist that they sit down and behave. He then sent her away with all the grain she could carry.16 Anyone who works hard at finding some indication of “romance” in chapter 3 has a lot of explaining to do regarding this hefty load of grain. The workers explained that she was with, Naomi, from the land of Moab. Hide me in the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 17:8, NASB95). 3 “Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine,” says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 16:1-8, NKJV; emphasis mine). Naomi seems to “pick and choose” the issues she will seek to address by orchestrating a solution. 16. 3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. First, we should not overlook what Boaz knew of Ruth from previous experience. The owner’s name was, Boaz. She lies down beside him, uncovering some part of his body. I am not saying that all prescription drugs are wrong. How, then, would Boaz deal with his present circumstances? I must admit that I am puzzled why so many of the translations would render the same Hebrew word “wings” in Ruth 2:12 and something different in 3:9. Second, some students of Scripture try to convince us that all Naomi is asking is for Ruth to bathe and change her attire, replacing her garments of mourning with normal garments in order to indicate that her period of mourning has ended and that she is now ready to remarry. Thus, it is very possible that even if Ruth and Boaz had consummated a physical union, no child would have resulted. 8 “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. (6-7) Ruth lays down at Boaz’s feet. Doing things in a way that seems to get the job done, but which falls short of the means God requires. We should readily see that it is important for every Christian to discern the difference between sound counsel and ungodly counsel. Suicide is a shortcut, my friend, and shortcuts are wrong. The plan is really simple. But having said this, I would hasten to say that when the chapter ends, neither Ruth nor Boaz have compromised their character. Ruth 3:1-18 1 One day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for? In chapter 2, the term for maid (or handmaid or maidservant) is one that speaks of a very lowly maid, which is exactly Ruth’s point. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law.] First, some seek to convince us that in that culture there was a commonly understood practice that made this a harmless symbolic request for marriage. God’s will can only be accomplished when His Spirit gives life to our flesh which is dead with respect to righteousness.20. Such are the wise men of this world, whom the Lord charges with folly. Ruth 3:1-13.BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN. Her response to the inquiry of Boaz is a masterpiece: He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. 17 And the king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she met with his loving approval more than all the other young women. A. Ruth's Determination (1:6–18) With nothing to keep her in Moab, Naomi prepared to return to Bethlehem. I find it hard not to assume that since Naomi knew that Boaz would be at the threshing floor that evening, she anticipated that this would likely be a more vulnerable time for Boaz. We are told in Ruth 4:13 that God enabled Ruth to conceive. I read about an older (well, 69, which isn’t that much older than me) man in Europe, who tried to take a shortcut home by cutting across an estuary and finding himself up to his knees in mud. 15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute because she had covered her face (Genesis 38:12-15, NET Bible). In effect, Naomi instructed Ruth that she was to do whatever Boaz said (3:4). That is the way she perceived it. While she agreed to do all that Naomi said, she did not do everything exactly the way Naomi seems to have expected things to be done. cutting corners), I decided to do a search on the Internet to see what kind of shortcuts I could find. But now she uses a term which speaks of a maid who is higher in the social strata, a class of maid who would be considered eligible for marriage.12. The kind and honourable treatment Boaz gave her . The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers, Ruth: A Story of Redemption -- A Study of the Book of Ruth. The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. We know what this means from what Naomi has already said to Ruth in chapter 1: “May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the home of a new husband!” Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept loudly (Ruth 1:9, NET Bible). I believe that just as Boaz had declared in chapter 2, Ruth had sought refuge under God’s wings, just as any true Israelite should do. Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor. 24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:23-25, NET Bible). (19-21) Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem. Whatever it is that some might think Ruth did that night under the covers, Boaz does not see it that way, and we had better esteem her highly, as he did. Here, he tells the reader that when Ruth went down to the threshing floor, she did all that her mother-in-law had “commanded” her. Fortunately, Boaz was committed to doing the right thing the right way. When we get to Ruth’s actions and choice of words, we find that she obeyed Naomi’s command in a way that was completely honorable and consistent with her noble character.9 We should add that because Ruth responded in a godly and honorable way, Boaz could immediately recognize her piety and respond accordingly. Judah was afraid to give his third son to Tamar, and so Tamar took the shortcut of dressing like a harlot and having sex with Judah.25 Fearing that they would not be able to marry and produce offspring, Lot’s two daughters got him drunk and had sexual relations with him, resulting in the births of Moab and Ammon.26 Seeing his fighting men scatter, Saul went ahead and offered the sacrifices himself, rather than to wait for Samuel as he had been instructed.27 Fearing that they would suffer persecution from the Jews, some who claimed to trust in Christ began to insist that Gentile converts must be circumcised.28 Wishing to appear more generous than they were, Ananias and Sapphira sold a piece of property and gave some of the proceeds to the church, secretly keeping some for themselves, but declaring that they had given the entire purchase price.29, Thankfully, we also have examples of those in the Bible who refused to take a shortcut. Pursued By Grace - Sermon #2. (3) Naomi’s plan seeks to appeal to the baser instincts and impulses of Boaz, not his higher sense of duty. Impure people expect others to think and act as impurely as they do. Naomi’s second question makes it very clear that Boaz is the one she has determined to secure for Ruth as her husband: “Now is not Boaz our kinsman,3 with whose maids you were?” So, Naomi must have been satisfied that she had vindicated her efforts to bring Ruth and Boaz together as husband and wife. This explains why Boaz will later insist that no one know that “a woman came to the threshing floor” (Ruth 3:14). And so Boaz instructed Ruth to lie down once again at his feet until morning. Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. And once that union was consummated, there was no turning back. When David sought to purchase the property on which the threshing floor was located, Araunah offered to give it to David. And she told her all that the man had done to her. And so Ruth managed to return to the home of her mother-in-law undetected. Ruth 3:16 And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who [art] thou, my daughter? Boaz does not flatter himself. Before dawn and before anyone else was awake, Boaz warned Ruth not to let anyone know that a woman had been there. Clearly not! In the midst of such easily misunderstood actions, how was it that Boaz could so quickly conclude that Ruth was acting in a praiseworthy manner? 11 “Now, my daughter, do not fear. Boaz promises that he will do all that Ruth asks. Stated in a different way, Naomi’s proposition (as she coached Ruth to carry out her plan) did not appeal to one’s moral high ground. (5) Naomi’s plan seems to deliberately bypass and exclude the nearest kin, giving preference to Boaz instead. 4 As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. Then there was a young man who took a shortcut when hiking in the mountains of Alaska and had to be rescued from a precarious position on the side of a mountain. Why is it that Boaz felt it was necessary to address the redemption of Naomi’s property first, and yet Naomi did not address this matter at all? Her faithfulness to her mother-in-law is matched by Boaz’s own faithfulness. Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Verses 1-5 Here is, I. Naomi’s care for her daughter’s comfort is without doubt very commendable, and is recorded for imitation. Mt. While the Israelites were terrified because the sea was before them and the Egyptian army was behind, they were blessed to see God’s hand at work in a powerful way, bringing about their salvation and the destruction of the entire Egyptian army. Spread your wings11 over your servant, for you are a redeemer” (Ruth 3:9, ESV). Naomi may have thought these things would tip the scales in Ruth’s favor, but Boaz was a man of principle. But the reality is that we see no such practice in the Bible – anywhere! I said that drugs can be misused as a shortcut. 6. I am reminded of these verses in Proverbs: 21 She persuaded him with persuasive words; 22 Suddenly he went after her like an ox that goes to the slaughter. Upon her arrival, Ruth was met by her matchmaker mother-in-law, who questioned her about the events of the evening: 16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did it go, my daughter?”17 And she told her all that the man had done for her. I believe there is a very close link between humility and wisdom.14 Arrogance clouds one’s ability to see things clearly, while humility enables one to see things as they are. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence” (Ruth 3:10-11, NASB95). He carried them on His pinions” (Deuteronomy 32:11, NASB95). 15 When it became the turn of Esther daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai (who had raised her as if she were his own daughter) to go to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who was overseer of the women, had recommended. Think of the destitute circumstances of a bereaved sinner, when awakened to find out how deplorably he is ruined and utterly undone under the fall. — Or rather, Is it thou, my daughter? It would be foolish to assume that God would open Ruth’s womb if her marriage was brought about in a dishonorable way. 18 See Corinthians 10:13; Romans 14:4; Jude 1:24. Ruth 3:1-2. But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the Lord lives” (Ruth 3:12-13, NASB95). (9) Naomi’s plan only dealt with the matter of finding a husband for Ruth, and yet we shall see in chapter 4 that another pressing issue was the redemption of her property. 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. Verses 6-22: The death of Elimelech and his two sons (1:3, 5), prepared the way for Naomi and Ruth to leave Orpah in Moab (1:6-14), and return together to Beth-lehem (1:15-22). I also read about a … More than this, Naomi’s question implies that what she is about to propose is intended for Ruth’s good. Sometime later, Naomi takes matters into her own hands. Fourth, the response of Boaz was a reflection of his personal purity. This may indicate that her mourning had already ended. But they would fail to appreciate the virtue of both Ruth and Boaz in their zeal to capitalize on the sexual nuances of Naomi’s plan. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Ruth 3 Commentary: Verses 1 – 5. In her words of advice to Ruth, there is not one word of reference to God. Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation. She made a point of calling attention to the barley that Boaz had sent with her, indicating that these were a gift from Boaz to Naomi. There are some children who suffer from conditions that may require medication to help them control their behavior. like a stag prancing into a trapper’s snare (Proverbs 7:21-22). 2 Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? 8 Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak. This story is about an ordinary family whose members suffered manylosses but God went on looking after them. It seems clear to me that Boaz should have been granted the freedom to assume the leadership role in this matter, as he will do the next morning. He is fully aware that he is (in my words) “an old coot.” He knows that young men would be far more attractive to a young widow like Ruth, and thus her request is but another evidence of her godliness. They project their impurity onto others. Humility is, in fact, seeing things as they are. (6-13) Ruth's return to her mother-in-law. I can boil the essence of my hermeneutics down to a couple of points. While the cross of Christ may not be the solution to a broken arm, and it may not dull the pain of a dentist’s drill, no drug will solve the problem of man’s sin and guilt, for only the blood of Jesus can remedy sin. 2 Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative s of ours. But there are also those who would rather dull emotional pain than deal with it. 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. 12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them most highly in love because of their work. 13 “Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. Circumstances were far from ideal here, but that did not prevent these two people from living in a way that should command our respect. Where do they come from? 22 See Romans 8:13; 1 Corinthians 10; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 2:1-10; Colossians 3:5. 15 See, for example, Leviticus 25:47-49. Only then was Ruth to slip under the blanket at the feet of Boaz, waiting for him to tell her what to do next. Paul set a high standard for these early believers because he was confident that God is able to make His people stand.18 We often bemoan the fact that we live in dark days, but it is during such times that the light of the gospel should shine ever more brightly.19. Ruth is also one of the few places in the male-dominated world of Scripture where women play the major roles and are the central characters. Boaz seems to have immediately perceived this to be the case, as we see from his response to Ruth: 10 Then he said, “May you be blessed of the Lord, my daughter.

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