Summary: When you are willing to risk your preferences and follow what God is prompting, something incredible will always happen! Are we willing to follow God when He tasks us to move?

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Boaz’s Joy in Redeeming Ruth

Ruth 3:6-10


- So far we’ve seen a very interesting story develop in Ruth

-- We know there was a great famine and so Elimelek has moved his family

-- While they were in Moab, 3 out of 4 people have died in this family

- After, Naomi returns home and Ruth makes three promises to Naomi:

-- Where you go I will go and where you stay I will stay (Commitment)

-- Your people will be my people; your God will be my God (Public profession)

-- Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried (A promise to honor)

- Ruth then goes to look for work and finds favor in a field of Boaz

-- Boaz is taken with her … but as a guardian and provider for her

- Boaz’s response to Ruth is one of great grace and mercy

-- I’ve heard about what you did for your M-I-L

-- I’ve heard that you’ve left your land to come here; leaving everything

-- And now, here you are working to provide for Naomi among strangers

- Naomi displays some incredible excitement for who Boaz is … why?

-- He is their “go-el” (one who literally REDEEMS)

-- Boaz has become their “kinsman-redeemer” which is vital for them

-- In OT times, this would mean that he would assume the family responsibility

-- He would become the provider, the protector, and the overseer of them

- When the harvest had ended, Naomi understands Ruth needs to have a life

-- Re-read Ruth 3:1-5

1) Be attractive: Take a bath and put on some perfume; mourning is over

2) Be attentive: Pay attention to where Boaz finally rests for the evening

3) Be assertive: Go and uncover his feet and lie down at his feet

4) Lastly, Ruth is to be available: Ruth, Boaz will tell you what to do

- IMP: The focus is NOT the budding relationship with Boaz and Ruth

-- The focus is: What GOD is doing, and has done, and WILL do!

-- Any other focus is on “self” or “me, me, and me” … and we lose sight of Him

- Read Ruth 3:6-10

∆ Point 1 – Ruth Goes to Boaz

- So let’s talk about this “date” that is about to happen …

-- The grain would have been threshed, and ready for transport

-- However, this transport would not have happened until morning

-- And so Boaz, as the boss, stayed with the grain to prevent thievery, etc.

- Having heard her mother-in-law’s direction, Ruth takes herself to where he is

-- Therefore, Ruth has gone to the location where is to wait for him to retire

- After the celebration that the grain had been harvested, it was time for sleep

-- Therefore, Ruth remember to take note of where Boaz lays down

-- Boaz definitely would have had a good night and is now ready for rest (v7)

- The bible tells us that Ruth approached quietly to not disturb him (v8)

-- This word quietly implies stealth-like; without making a sound; “ninja”

-- It is not likely that she went to sleep in this place (nervous, scared, etc.)

-- But there she waits and then about midnight, Boaz is suddenly startled

- It is likely that he was cold there in the room, and so he reached for blanket

-- APP: Anyone ever have pets sleeping in bed and you go to grab the covers?

-- Sometimes, we become VERY awake because we are startled; same thing here

- So Boaz, started, asks the logical question (v9), “Who are you?”

-- What she responds with is critical for us today and it’s really where we land

- “I am your servant, Ruth.”

-- If we remember Ruth 2:13, she is already placing herself as subservient

-- “Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”

- In the original text, she uses the word “doule” means “hand-maiden; servant”

-- Note: “doulos” is Greek word SLAVE, what we are to be to Christ

-- 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body--whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”

- APP: She responds by saying I am literally “your female slave”; I belong to you

-- If you remember earlier she identified herself more as a worker, in the shadows

-- Now, she has changed that to mean you are a man with a woman in waiting

- Literally, she has placed herself at his feet to wait for his instruction

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