In HER Shoes – Ruth (Week 5)
Hi Mummy Meditators!
Hope you’re all doing ok? It’s been a bit of an unusual verse this week, so here’s a reminder:
“When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned – and there was a women laying at his feet!” Ruth 3:7-8
IN GOOD SPIRITS
This got me thinking. As it promptly follows the words that tell us that Boaz had finished eating and drinking, so was he in ‘good spirits’ because he was drunk? I really wasn’t sure so I turned to some of the online commentaries for this verse to see what they say and some make reference to it actually meaning that his heart was merry, that he was cheerful and in good spirits, thankful to God for the harvest. Whilst others do believe him to be drunk and this was why Ruth was instructed to lie down at his feet after he had finished eating and drinking. So I’m still not quite sure what to make of it, so it will be good to see what you all think.
We then learn that Boaz went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. So maybe he was drunk after all? Or maybe it was just to help protect the harvest from thieves in the night as some commentaries say. Or maybe a bit of both?!
RUTH…..UNCOVERED HIS FEET AND LAY DOWN
Ok so now we come to an interesting part! Why has she been instructed to do this by Naomi and what does it actually mean?! It definitely got some comments over on the Mummy Meditations Facebook Group page and again there were mixed responses!
Some said they thought that this was an act of submission and servant-hood, others thought that it had sexual connotations, whilst others thought that it was a form of marriage proposal, or a request for him to fulfil the duty of a responsible kinsman and that she was adopting the posture of a humble supplicant by laying at his feet.
So it has been really interesting to see the different interpretations and it’s been good to carefully read, study and consider different thoughts on several aspects of this verse.
It was also interesting hearing Rachel telling us in the Mummy Meditations Live this week how she and her husband met. Other people also shared their own stories and this reminded me that all relationships, including friendships can be formed in so many different ways, creating such wonderfully unique stories.
THE THEME OF FAITH AND HOPE
I think for myself this verse speaks a lot about faith and hope. As here’s Ruth choosing to trust and follow Naomi’s instruction and lay at the feet of Boaz. I would be so nervous of even the thought of doing something like this! But it showed trust in God’s provision, protection, purpose and plan for their lives. It also acts as a reminder to me to continually put my faith and hope in Jesus. To remember to lay my full self and all of my ‘stuff’ down at his feet, as He is our ultimate and never-ending source of love, hope and protection after all.
So may you go into this next week more encouraged and strengthened and here is the verse we’ll be looking at below:
“The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a women of noble character.” Ruth 3:10-11
Rachel will be going live at 8pm tomorrow night to start the discussion with you all over on the Facebook Group, so do join her if you can!