TO CHEW ON: “'I will do whatever you say,' Ruth answered." Ruth 3:5
Boaz’s kindness to Ruth got Naomi thinking. Maybe Boaz would be willing to do even more for them. Naomi remembered that Boaz was a relative. He had the right to buy back the land she and her husband had sold when they left Bethlehem years earlier. But if he did that, he would also have to marry Ruth. Would Boaz want to do that? She would find out.
“Take a bath and put on your best clothes,” Naomi said to Ruth one night. “Then go to the threshing floor. When Boaz goes to sleep, lie near him and uncover his feet. When he wakes up, he’ll tell you what to do.”
Did Ruth understand that by doing this she was actually asking Boaz to marry her? Didn’t she know that the man usually asks the woman to marry him? What if he didn’t want to marry her? Whether Ruth understood exactly what she was doing, or thought about how things could turn out – or not, she did exactly as Naomi told her.
1. What happened when Boaz woke up? (Ruth 3:8-11) _________
|Ruth sleeps at Boaz's feet - Artist unknown|
The next morning while it was still dark, Boaz sent Ruth home with a shawl full of grain.
|Boaz sends Ruth home with a gift - Artist unknown|
The man said, yes, he would. Then Boaz reminded him that if he did that, he would also have to marry Ruth. So the man changed his mind. He said Boaz could buy the land instead. Now Boaz was free to buy Naomi’s land – and make Ruth his bride.
How wonderfully God took care of Ruth when she listened to her mother-in-law’s advice.
PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for parents. Help me to listen to and take their wise advice. Amen.
MORE: Jesus’ family tree
Did you know that Ruth is part of Jesus’ family tree? In time Ruth and Boaz had a baby boy named Obed. He was David’s grandfather. If Ruth and David had met, David would have called her Great-great-grandma.
1. Find Ruth’s name in Jesus’ genealogy - Matthew 1:1-16.
2. What other names do you recognize in that list? What stories could you tell about them?
3. Look for a picture of Jesus’ family tree on the internet or in books.
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