Ruth’s Virtue — The law of the kinsman redeemer & Ruth the virtuous woman.
Reading 1: Ruth 3
Reading 2: Deuteronomy 25:5-10
Reading 3: Proverbs 31:10-31
The beautiful account of Ruth’s faith, loyalty, and virtue continues today. With wise counsel from her mother-in-law, she approaches Boaz and lays at his feet (a sign of offering herself for marriage, although not a euphemism for sexual relations). (more on that topic in this blog).
When Boaz discovers that Ruth is honoring Naomi by offering herself as a bride to an older man, he is in awe of her loyalty and virtue. But there is a conflict to resolve before the conclusion of this love story – another relative has a nearer claim if he will redeem Ruth and Naomi according to the law of Levirate marriage (as described in our reading from Deuteronomy).
So Boaz sends Ruth back to her mother-in-law with further provision from his riches, and the promise of a resolution the next day. Either she will be married to the nearer relative or to Boaz! Ruth is acting just like the virtuous wife in Proverbs 31 – working hard to provide for and nurture her family.
The detail of Boaz’ response shows us that he had taken great interest in this young woman. Even though she is from a foreign nation, he takes the time to make sure she will be protected and provided for. Just as Jesus puts His arms around us when we are still sinners and brings us to faith in Him, where we will enjoy His forgiveness and know His protection.
May His loving arms hold you, rescue you, and provide for you in every way.
Have a great day!