Summary: There is a time for God’s people to wait for God to remove the obstacles in front of us; but there is also a time to confront the obstacles! Both are done in faith, because we live out our faith by acting as God prompts and leads us!
Boaz’s Promise to Ruth
- 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
- 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 3:11-18
∆ Point 1 – Boaz Responds to Ruth
- Boaz has proven himself to be an honorable man (go-el (redeemer))
-- Ruth has proven herself to be an honorable woman (chesed (grace))
- Their meeting was NOT by chance, but something that God ordained
-- This is a critical point for all of us to understand here
-- God had this planned before time began; they simply followed His lead
- IMP: Does this mean we have no say to make choices in our lives?
-- Absolutely NOT! But, it does mean that we have to MAKE a choice
-- NOTE: To choose nothing is to choose …. Nothing!
- Boaz had a very unique choice to make here; and he blesses Ruth
-- Re-read Ruth 3:10
- Naturally, this scene could’ve gone all kinds of awry and awkward
-- Boaz could’ve tossed her out and called her a “child”
-- Boaz could’ve forced his will on her had he not been honorable
-- Ruth could’ve retaliated and swear an oath against him for dishonorable deeds
-- Think about it: This could’ve gone VERY bad for both of them!
- But instead, we see what happens when God is at the center of lives
-- IMP NOTE: Their choices center on God’s best; not their preference
- Boaz was a man above reproach, of considerable standing in the community
-- But more importantly, a Godly man who lived for God’s honor alone (Ruth 2:1)
- In v11 we see his response to Ruth’s request that he stretch his cloak over her