Read: Ruth 3
Consider: Having identified Boaz as a potential redeemer, Naomi asks Ruth to present herself to him and to ask him directly if he will take on responsibility for her and Naomi as guardian-redeemer.
To 21st century ears we might think that Naomi was putting Ruth into a compromising situation with Boaz. However, the words of Boaz (3:10-14) give a very clear indication of his respect for Ruth, together with his desire to protect her reputation. We also have further insight into the age difference between the two, as Boaz takes it as a compliment that Ruth has not set her eyes on younger men.
Having put herself at the mercy of Boaz, Ruth can do no more. She reports to her mother-in-law what has happened and what Boaz said. The climax of the chapter is the very last verse where Naomi tells Ruth to ‘Wait’, as she surmises that Boaz ‘… will not rest until the matter is settled’. The fact that she expects Boaz to settle the matter ‘today’ gives an indication that Naomi believed he was willing to be their redeemer. However, there were some formalities to fulfil before Boaz could take on this role, not least of which was a closer relative who had to be given the opportunity to take on responsibility for Ruth and Naomi.
We’ll return to this in the next post when we see how Boaz takes the matter forward.
Pray: Father, it is often difficult for us to wait to see the outcome of our prayers. May we be patient as we wait for your answers. As we seek your guidance and leading, give us the courage to wait for your clear guidance. Amen