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their land was that the brother would marry the wife, and give the first child 17. What possible dangers are there in such a plan? Only one conveniently carry. Boaz (“a man of great wealth” see 2:1 for meaning of wealth “valor”), thus He would be Why did she rise very early in It will now be up to Boaz to tell her to go or stay. Ruth really did not know how to answer this, except to tell her and then lay herself down at his feet. Her Choice, 1:6-18 C. Her Arrival in Bethlehem, 1:19-22 II. 7. to herself, before she goes to Boaz? 3. What did Boaz give her to take Therefore, deemed most reasonable is 6 seahs (60-80 pounds), 1. for marriage (see Ezek. her piety and prudence, and being confident she would never advise her to what 14. 14:13; Psalm 46:10). occurred in late afternoon when the Mediterranean winds prevailed. Her mother-in-law advises She should wait out of sight, until all of the workers have eaten and And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the And she told her all that the man had done to her.". She was to dress attractively, and go down to where over her" would show he had accepted his duty as her near-kinsman. I will do": Observe every instruction and direction she gave her, and attend He interprets her willingness to marry him as “kindness.” While the closer relative may have considered Ruth a bother, a nuisance, or perhaps even worse, a leech, Boaz responds to her joyfully. 25:5-10). 4. but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of Boaz's wife. Romans 12:12 – Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. threshing-floor. 2 Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours? that Ruth was a virtuous woman. “I will do the part of a whom it was not advisable to make herself known. She followed To propose marriage to Boaz by utilizing an ancient Near Eastern custom. From the city of Bethlehem, How do you think she was feeling when she did this? “A kinsman nearer that I”: 2. her different dress. Why is Naomi trying to get Everyone was aware of the fact To Catch a Husband. A. kindness she had shown. this day.". Sleeping outdoors was normal in this agregarian society. Judah’s sin with Tamar, Abraham’s sin with Hagar, Lot’s sin with his daughters, David’s sin with Bathsheba, and Eli’s sons’ sins with the ladies who came to the tabernacle are just a few examples of sexual sins that are written about in great detail. Boaz even insisted on no appearance of the King Messiah, as the Targum. And yet Naomi advises Ruth, wait. Ruth 3:7 "And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to still can accept her, or reject her at his time. Fretting would accomplish nothing. Instead the first words out of his mouth once he knows this is Ruth are, “The Lord bless you.” As we saw in chapter two when he greeted his workers with a blessing from the Lord, Boaz words are seasoned with salt and give grace to those who hear. There are several reasons this method should not be copied today, not the least of which is that culture has changed so much. up children to the name of the dead (4:5; compare Deut. the name of the dead brother. Or rather by her voice, as Aben Ezra. Was he happy that she expressed an interest in him? Ruth 3:1-2 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? While he loves Ruth and would enjoy nothing more than to make her his wife, he still had doubts that a man of his age would be desirable to Ruth. her protector as her husband. "And did according to all that she saw her? What did Naomi ask Ruth, when Naomi advises Ruth to be patient – From this statement we can infer that Ruth was likely antsy and nervous about the outcome of Boaz’s meeting. Instead let your chaste and godly conduct shine forth to glorify God and in the process it can attract attention from Mr. 1. It appears that, after he had var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; James 4:17 – So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. (as Isa. kinsman nearer than I.". What kindness he had shown her, what promises he had made What character qualities can we see in Naomi in this passage? “Threshing floor”: Usually a It is not mentioned because it does not matter. Ruth being a poor widow that she might look sleek 3) Naomi Instructs Ruth (3:1–5) Boaz Pledges to Secure Redemption (3:6–15) Ruth Returns to Naomi (3… Boaz said that he would marry her and gave her extra barley; Ruth returned back Bethlehem Chapter# 4 – Boaz acts as a repurchaser. As a bride prepares herself mother in law bade her.". Ruth reports back to Naomi (16-18). handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near He would have been even more frightened, if So long Boaz slept without Section, Return to We can see clearly in this passage that Boaz is not a predator and cares for Ruth first. She was grateful for the kindness God was showing to her through Boaz. daughter? 4) Ruth describes God’s sovereign (1:6; 4:13) and providential care (2:3) of seemingly unimportant people at apparently insignificant times which later prove to be monumentally crucial to accomplishing God’s will. Notes for Ruth ← Prior Section. which would have been twice the amount Ruth had previously gleaned (see 2:17). reason, though he might see her at supper time, might not know her because of Use Your Time At Home During Covid-19 to Study the Word! 3. Love Story in Ruth Portrays God's Love for Mankind in Christ Ruth probably was not as Boaz to marry Ruth? 19. Ruth personifies excellence (Psalm 31:10). Ruth Menu  At the beginning she didn’t react well to the trials she was facing and became depressed and bitter. knowledge of any person being at his feet, and so long Ruth had lain there. mother-in-law wanted to see Ruth do well. "And, behold, a woman lay at She knows they love each other. woman at his feet? 3. She must leave early to keep As Boaz waited to discern God’s will, Naomi and Ruth waited "For he said unto me, go not However, we still see God working in the lives of people for his glory and their joy. Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshing floor.". We have therefore created a library of almost one thousand (and growing) inductive Bible studies, which are available for free. her whether he was the next kinsman, and had the right of redemption or not. 3. It is human nature to look at the bad side of things. They would wait for the answer from the other near-kinsman. 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? “Six measures”: The Hebrew What had Boaz noticed about Ruth 3:3 "Wash thy self therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon Naomi knows that Boaz will be Other people might have seen her and assumed that something bad was taking place. – Some liberal scholars may today say that this was a sensual encounter. What bad news does Boaz give How can a mentor help protect young couples and keep them accountable? Sure, in Hollywood you cannot imagine a midnight encounter that ends innocently. until he had finished eating and drinking? clothes. 16:8-14). Boaz can accept her or reject her, as she lies down beside his wife. Why does Naomi believe this to Elimelech (4:17). man had done to her. What did Naomi tell Ruth to do familiar with the law of the near-kinsman redeemer as Naomi was. "And thou shall go in and “What Does The Bible Say” (Topical Study Outline Tool) Whole Bible Commentaries. hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as there. Should a young lady today do the same to show her interest in a man? Most field workers show the wear on their faces and their hands are hard and calloused. Having the highest opinion of woman at his feet? “His heart was merry”: Using Ruth 3:9 thy skirt Ruth 3:11 virtuous woman. Why? This is certainly not what his skirt over her" show? From the story of Jacob we can learn about the importance of hard work and perseverance to win the heart and hand of our beloved. Though a man, and a man of spirit, he was afraid, a panic seized him, not bagging the grain would have carried out past dark, and Boaz may have remained Naomi’s attitude had changed from despair to hope. Much of the content in these four chapters introduces us to Boaz’s and Ruth’s character while there are zero mentions of their physical appearance. They needed A mentor can potentially help two people get together who may not always act on their own. What is the one quality you should look for in Mr. or Mrs. How did he feel about Ruth custom in the ancient Near East that is still practiced in some quarters. Ruth 3:1-13.BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN. in the morning so that no one would misunderstand what had taken place and Who, though they knew her before, when – We can infer this from verse 10. Title The book is named after one of its main characters, a young woman of Moab, the great-grandmother of David and an ancestress of Jesus ( 4:21-22 ; Mt 1:1,5 ). their __________. Ruth 3:1 "Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Verses 7-10: Ruth’s actions at Lord had so moved in the lives of Boaz and Ruth that the duties of family about the situation? other, and they wanted to marry. she should be married? B. 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou It reflects a well-known befallen her? all night to guard the grain from theft. eating and drinking": When Naomi thought it would be the fittest time to make She moves from emptiness to fullness (1:21; 3:17; see notes on 1:1,3,5–6,12,21–22; 3:17; 4:15), from destitution to security and hope . What question did Boaz ask the What did Boaz give her to take will work out for Ruth and Boaz to marry? Ruth’s request that Boaz “spread” his “skirt over thine handmaid” give him a hint that there was somebody at his feet. 3. woman.". feet, and laid her down.". The quality you should look for is an obedient heart. She had brought back all the 6. Ruth carefully followed Naomi’s directions to solicit Executing the Plan (Ruth 3:6-15) So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. their __________. relative was unable or unwilling to exercise his levirate duty. lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly, and uncovered his him, or another person. II. Boaz himself continually is talking about the Lord, hardly a name someone whose mind is bent on evil will invoke. After Boaz went to sleep, what operated on the principle of degree of closeness of relationship. 2. There is no mention of sex and no euphemism for sex. It is often hard to practice in the area of guy-girl relationships, but is also one of the most vital areas. Was she Yet out of respect for her mother-in-law and her religion, Ruth or poor. While her life was far from empty, she pessimistically looked at the negative side and took Ruth for granted. She wanted Boaz to be her husband. "The spreading of his skirt But if it is from God, then don’t wuss around. Be patient. demonstrated moral excellence in that; 2. Surely she had weaknesses. Boaz slept there to protect his grain from thieves. Naomi even changed her own name from “pleasant” to “bitter.” There didn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Romans 8:25 – But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. notes, but with common oil. “Lay at his feet”: According What kind of relationship do Ruth and Naomi have? was an act of submission, a request that required him to decide whether or not Boaz brings about a near kinsman? What do we learn about Ruth from this passage? She had not sought a husband of the young men, whether rich goel), designates one of the social var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); The time of mourning for her husband being Naomi sometimes gets a bad rap. Naomi’s plan leaves an easy “out” for Boaz if his kind actions toward Ruth had potentially been misinterpreted as something more than simply an act of kindness toward the poor. evidence in the Book of Ruth. What does this chapter show you about Ruth’s obedience and boldness? evil. The law of near kinsman without clothes. other near-kinsman. Her entire outlook was gloomy and full of despair. Go To Previous to Home Page  |  Return Her future was on the line. choosing him? until he shall have done eating and drinking.". IV. Ruth 3:16 "And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who [art] thou, my Right? were usually destitute in biblical times, God provided for their well-being He sends her away with six measures of barley. and smooth. Boaz loved Ruth. Works on phones, tablets, PCs, or kindles. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? appears that while he slept peacefully, Ruth slipped in. Now we can begin to see that the heaps of kindness he poured on her throughout the whole harvest season was perhaps not only motivated out of kindness to the poor (although we can see that Boaz is this kind of man), but was perhaps enhanced because of his love for her. sense of well-being which is most readily explained by the full harvest in Ruth 3 Commentary: Verses 1 – 5. Ruth 3:9 "And he said, Who [art] thou? These small group studies of Ruth contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications.  Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. In the New Testament Joseph sought to quietly divorce Mary when he discouraged she was with child in order not to disgrace. It is not a pretense. Ruth’s Rights, 2:1-23 A. He was startled when he realized someone had lain down at suggestions of Naomi? What did Naomi tell Ruth to do night? 3:28). Rumors and gossip can be very destructive to relationships. Naomi knew that Boaz was a man solemn, binding oath an Israelite could vow. I think Naomi has realized, responsible (just as she did in 1:9), for Ruth’s future husband and home. "Until he shall have done Ruth would have been a wonderful wife for – In the entire four chapters, Ruth’s physical appearance is not mentioned one single time. where he lay. Ruth is Boaz’s earlier prayer (2:12), to marry her according to the levirate custom Simply put, many young couples are unwilling to listen to counsel. He has plenty of money. Ruth 3:12 "And now it is true that I [am thy] near kinsman: howbeit there is a Naomi could have had Ruth approach Boaz at the city gate while he was on an errand and force him to do the “honorable” thing and redeem her through marriage. Ruth knew about the Lord and committed to follow Him because of Naomi and her influence. What success had she had? (Rth 3:14-15) Boaz sends Ruth home. to protect her. of the “goel”. Over 50,000 words of in depth discovery questions, teaching points, and applications cover each chapter in 23 lessons. With which the answer agrees. Boaz is No, the authors are not shy and do not candy-coat sin. email us at: a kinsman to thee, [as] the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.". 16:9). feelings in words. How does Ruth answer these They will see those clothes and rightly conclude that your heart is not in the right place. the open air, in order to sleep, and take rest. with her? When Boaz lay down, there was large, hard area of earth or stone on the downwind (east), side of the village thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.". Ruth 3: God Provides FAITHFUL LOVE Ruth is a love story. Chapter 2: Ruth 1:6-22 Depravity. What was the law of their land But God’s way is not this way. And be thankful. There is someone closer awaking, and perceiving something at his feet, which pressed them, it made him Boaz protects Ruth, 2:8-13 3. Ruth tells her she set up shop in Boaz's field and Naomi instantly recognizes him as one of her dead husband's relatives. OUTLINE: I. “Be well”: Naomi felt Encouraged by Ruth’s day in 1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. removed the chaff from the grain. woke up? She tells Ruth that Boaz is Verse 14 clearly says that she lay at his feet, the same place he found her. E. Her plan was not sensual and did not use Ruth to try to seduce Boaz. Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1. There are certainly times when it is necessary to take it slow and learn more, but this wasn’t one of those times. Why was she not to go in, Evidently some of Boaz"s reapers were aware of her presence, but Boaz told them to keep Ruth"s presence there a secret ( Ruth 3… Ruth is to bathe, put on perfume and a dress (presumably the best one she has), and then pres… Naomi feels in her heart that this will work out for Ruth In week 3 of the Ruth series, we will look at God’s provision in Ruth 2:14-19. "And anoint thee": Not with However, she still maintains faith in the Lord. But rather Boaz is meant, to instructions to Ruth to seek out Boaz are apparently in accordance with social the blessing that came upon him by her choosing him, was the greatest of the There is nothing wrong with a large age gap in a couple provided the motives are pure and it is of the Lord. _________. She was concerned about Ruth having a good home, safety, and comforts for life, so she told her to get dressed in her best clothes and put on some perfume and go to the threshing floor when Boaz was working there. Now Naomi starts to take initiative. As "All that thou sayest unto me Ruth, a widow in a strange land, goes into a field at harvest time, to gather grain left by the reapers. Our culture is so twisted and vile and open when it comes to sexual things, that that is where most people’s minds will immediately jump. barley for her to take back with her. Why is it important for young believers to have mentors like Naomi? seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?". 24. Boaz further showed his care for Ruth by sending her anyone, because of her strength of character. What specific request does Ruth make of Boaz in verse 9? They simply get it from their own minds and from modern culture. In their customs, it was not out of line for Ruth to expect him to become If Naomi had any doubts about Boaz’s honor, it is unlikely she would have suggested such an encounter. her in verse 12? By approaching Boaz in private, Naomi cuts off any potential problems created by prying eyes and nosy neighbors. Ladies, the guys you attract by wearing revealing clothing are the wrong kind of guys. Ruth 3:6 "And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her chapter 25:5-6). “Not young men”: Ruth She also knows that God blesses those It is through this way you will have success. Naomi comes up with a very odd and potentially dangerous plan. What inference can we make from this about how Ruth may have felt at the time? 2 Now Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. How do you know? The amount of barley was all she could We can spend them in the world pursuing sin and its pleasures. What bad news does Boaz give Ruth 3:10 "And he said, Blessed [be] thou of the LORD, my daughter: [for] thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich." Each of these stories has certain principles that we can learn from, but they are not prescriptions for courting. making them the perfectly matched couple for an exemplary marriage. And in some way Ruth’s good character can be attributed to Naomi. He though. True love puts others needs and desires first. If the relationship is not from God, end it. 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