Ruth Part 7 – Marry Me   2 comments

 

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Ruth 3:9″Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a family guardian.”

We are back at the scene where Boaz has just discovered a woman lying at his feet and he asks in shock, “Who are you?”.  He does not realize or recognize that the woman at his feet is Ruth.  Ruth has been waiting and rehearsing this moment in her mind for hours. 

The following is a quote from the book, “Esther and Ruth” by Iain M. Duguid on what happens next:

“Here is where Ruth’s actions diverged from her mother-in-law’s instructions.  Instead of leaving the situation dangerously ambiguous, as a woman of character Ruth wanted to make her intentions clear right from the outset.  Her goal was a commitment to marriage, not a single night of passion.  In the ancient world, such a commitment was symbolized by the gesture of covering someone with the corner of one’s robe, roughly equivalent to the giving of an engagement ring in our culture.”

So Ruth got straight to the point and made sure Boaz knew and understood her intentions right off the bat.  She didn’t want him assuming anything but what she had come for: a marriage proposal.  Remember back in Ruth 2:12 where Boaz tells Ruth:

“May the Lord repay you for what you have done.  May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

Ruth is now asking Boaz to provide a refuge for her and Naomi under his wings as a kinsman redeemer – a guardian of the family interest.  She appealed to him to be the family member who, (quoting Iain M. Duguid again) “at his own cost, would act to rescue those whose future had been blighted.”

Does that sound familiar?  Is there One who at His own cost, acted to rescue our future that had been blighted?  You and I have a Kinsman-Redeemer and His name is Jesus.  Under His wings we can come and take refuge. We are the bride of Christ.  He has redeemed us, therefore we have a future and a hope! I love the following song by Melody Green…

There is a Redeemer 

There is a Redeemer,
Jesus, God’s own Son,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Holy One,
Jesus my Redeemer,
Name above all names,
Precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
Oh, for sinners slain.

Thank you oh my Father,
For giving us Your Son,
And leaving Your Spirit,
‘Til the work on Earth is done.
When I stand in Glory,
I will see His face,
And there I’ll serve my King forever,
In that Holy Place.

Words & Music by Melody Green

 
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Posted August 30, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Geneology

2 responses to “Ruth Part 7 – Marry Me

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  1. Praise God He has redeemed us and has given us a future and a hope!

  2. I love the Book of Ruth – so much in it to learn from. Thank you for the commintary.

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