Summary: See Ruth 3 through the eyes of 4 people: Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and Jesus Christ (Key thoughts from Sermon Central's Jim Erwin at: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/true-love-jim-erwin-sermon-on-christmas-advent-115564.asp)
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In the Princess Bride, Westley is driven by one goal- to return to the love of his life, Buttercup. Westley does whatever it takes for his one “true love.” He scales mountains, fights giants, goes through extreme torture, and even dies- or at least he becomes half dead. In all honesty this is the Hollywood kind of love but this love is what we would all like to have.
In our Scripture today we have a real love story. Not about young love, the Romeo and Juliet kind of love, but we do find a man and a woman coming together for mwwiage.
Here we find true love between a man and a woman. True, real love is what they need.
Thesis: Eyes of 4 people: Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and Jesus Christ
Last time we saw Naomi she wanted people to call her Mara, not pleasant (Naomi) but Mara (bitter). Several weeks, maybe months have gone by since Naomi came to town and told her sad story. Ruth and Naomi have settled into the ole home place. Ruth goes out to the field to glean (Ruth 2 last Sunday night) everyday while Naomi is at home keeping house and having kinfolk come by to help and visit. Even though Naomi has told Ruth that the chances of finding love and a husband in Israel are slim, things have changed. I am sure that Naomi has told many about Ruth’s confession of faith in chapter 1. Even though she is a Moabite, Ruth feared the God of Israel and has come under God’s wings (Ruth 2:12). Much talk among the younger men (vs. 10) of making Ruth their wife. However, Ruth is loyal to Naomi and to Naomi’s family and she will not think of leaving Naomi because of her promise.
Ruth keeps coming back to Naomi and talking about Boaz. Can speculate that Naomi has asked Ruth’s feelings for Boaz as Ruth blushes.
Naomi also knows that the time of harvest will soon be over. Ruth has brought back enough food for quite a while but Naomi knows that they need more than handouts. They need someone to provide for them. Naomi’s time for having children is gone, but Ruth is a different story. Important to have an heir and it must come through Ruth but not just through any man, it must be from a relative and from a man who is willing to have a child be called by Mahlon’s name.
Naomi assumes that Boaz is their nearest relation. Naomi knows that Ruth and Boaz are sweet on each other but what are Boaz’s intentions? Boaz is no young man. Would he be willing to inconvenience himself and take on a needy wife and mother in law?
Naomi and Ruth could force the issue. Deuteronomy 25:5-10, NIV.
To do this and Boaz declined the offer would be humiliating to everyone. Create many hard feelings. Naomi thinks, “How can I force this without causing a public scene?”
One day Ruth tells Naomi that Boaz and his workers are going to spend all night threshing their barley. Been such a good harvest they will have to work long into the night. After this, Boaz and a few of the men would have to guard the grain until morning when they could put some away for the winter and sell the rest. Considering this, Naomi came up with a plan... Vs. 1- 4