How much are YOU prepared to risk for Jesus?

In the book of Ruth, Naomi creates a plan to assist her widowed daughter, Ruth, find a husband who will be able to procreate children with her.  She suggests to Ruth that she beautifies herself so that she catches the eye of Boaz, who is actually related to Ruth, but many years older. Boaz could be Ruth’s  “kinsman redeemer,” and marry her.

Ruth had been working as a field hand for Boaz, and he’d shown great kindness to her, but so far he had shown no interest whatsoever  in marrying the young foreign widow who was related to him.

Naomi instructed Ruth to go to the threshing floor on the east side of town that night, where Boaz would be sleeping next to and guarding his pile of grain. She was then to uncover his feet, lie down next to him, and wait for him to tell her what to do.

In the days of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25) because Israel had no king. It was a huge risk for any young woman to cross town alone at night. And it was a huge risk to lie down next to an older man in the dark. Would he take advantage of her? But Ruth makes her way to the threshing floor, and in the darkness manages to locate Boaz asleep by his grain. She gently lifted his garment back, exposing his feet, then laid down.

In the middle of the night, something startled Boaz, he turned over and – behold –  there is a woman at his feet! In the darkness he doesn’t know who it is so he cries out “Who are you?”

“And she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your servant. Spread the corner of your garment over me since you my kinsman-redeemer.’” (Ruth 3:9)

“Spread the corner of your garment over me”  was a commitment of marriage, similar to our giving an engagement ring today. Ruth didn’t wait for Boaz to tell her what to do, as Naomi had instructed her, but made her own marriage proposal to Boaz!

This was a BIG risk by Ruth!

In those ancient times it was very unusual and against the culture for any woman to propose to a man, or a young person to an older person or a field hand to the field owner.

Naomi had told her to be silent, but Ruth couldn’t wait, she was too enthusiastic and made her marriage proposal to Boaz.. How will Boaz respond?

Will he reject her?

Will he say ‘how dare you ask me to marry you’ and send her weeping into the night?

Ruth takes a BIG gamble/risk……………..

Are you prepared to take a risk for Jesus?

And take a venture in Christ……………………………..?

God Bless

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

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