Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A Man with a Purpose


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And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 And he said, “Who are you?”
So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”
10 Then he said, “Blessed are you of the LORD, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman. 12 Now it is true that I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I. 13 Stay this night, and in the morning it shall be that if he will perform the duty of a close relative for you—good; let him do it. But if he does not want to perform the duty for you, then I will perform the duty for you, as the LORD lives! Lie down until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, “Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Also he said, “Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then she went into the city.
16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “Is that you, my daughter?”
Then she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 And she said, “These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’”
18 Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”
(Ruth 3:7-18, New King James Version)

A Man with a Purpose

Ruth has done exactly as her mother-in-law Naomi advised her to do. When she noted that Boaz was asleep on the threshing floor, she quietly lay down at his feet. When he awoke during the night he was alarmed to discover a woman lying at his feet.

And he said, “Who are you?” So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”

How did Boaz respond to Ruth?

Then he said, “Blessed are you of the LORD, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.

Boaz was impressed with the Godly character of this young woman; being an honorable man himself, he was careful to preserve Ruth's reputation. Early in the morning, before it was light, Boaz sent Ruth back to her home with a gift of barley for Naomi. Boaz, being a man with a purpose would seek to settle this matter before the day's end.

I love reading Lori Wick books; as a Christian writer she uses people with real Christian character, and is very gifted in her development of unusual plots. However, I have yet to read any Christian fiction writer who has used a plot such as this! It is easy to see God's hand guiding Ruth and Boaz throughout this book. This same God guides our lives in the same way!

Reading Bible stories such as this gives us a definite advantage, because the entire story, beginning to end is laid out before us. Remember, however, that was not true for the characters in the story. We, like the characters in the story, do not know our own future, but we are not left to wander aimlessly through this life. We know that our God loves us, keeps us, and guides us in the path that we need to go. What a comfort!

Ponder that as you go about the duties of this day.

God Bless You,
Linda

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