Monday, November 02, 2009
1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.”
5 And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.
(Ruth 3:1-6, New King James Version)
Because our culture is so very different, this passage is a little hard for most of us to understand. What is the significance of Naomi's question in verse 1?
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?
This is more than just a simple question. Naomi was fulfilling the duty of the parent for Ruth; it was her responsibility to seek out a husband for her. Observing the events of the past few days, Naomi realized that the answer was right before her very eyes. Not only have Ruth and Boaz met, but Boaz has shown a special kindness to her.
When a man died childless, it was the custom of that time for a brother or closest relative of the deceased to marry his widow so that his line would not end in his death. The first child was considered to be a descendant of the deceased man. Boaz just happened to be a very close relative of Naomi's son.
When Naomi requests that Ruth go and lay at the feet of Boaz, she is asking Ruth to assert her right as a widow to claim Boaz as her kinsman redeemer. Naomi understood the Godly character of Boaz, and knew that no harm would come to Ruth.
This is a beautiful picture of our Kinsman Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to this earth to secure a Bride for Himself. Nothing we can do or say gives us the right to even do as Ruth did with Boaz, but our Lord came to this earth to a people not worthy of Him, and chose a people (a bride) for Himself!
When you think of Ruth and Boaz, just think of the beautiful picture it paints, where Boaz is a type of Christ, and Ruth is a type of the church of God. What an amazing God we have, who has sent His only Son as our Kinsman Redeemer, that we may have life everlasting in the arms of our Lord.
God Bless You,