In HER Shoes – Ruth (Week 6)
Hello Mummy Meditators!
Welcome to Week 6 of our series focusing on the story of Ruth. This week we studied the following verse:
“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 woman of noble character.” Ruth 3: 10-11
Even though we are stepping into the shoes of Ruth during this series, these verses invite us to speculate on Boaz as it is him talking at this point. He has just woken up to discover Ruth laying at his feet. We discussed the significance of this in last weeks summary. His initial reaction could have been one of fright, disdain for her lowly status or shock at her imprudence. Instead he affectionately refers to her as his daughter. There was some discussion this week about the age of Boaz and curiosity as to why he was not married or had a family. One Mummy reminded us that Boaz’s heritage was not celebrated and that this could be the reason why he has not married. He praises Ruth for not running after younger men. Some commentators cite Boaz’s age as nearer 80 years old which explains this comment. It also makes their encounter and her intentions even more remarkable. Boaz is reassuring and kind, taking his position as kinsman redeemer seriously by committing and surrendering to Gods law.
In HER Shoes
We also asked the question – what do these verses reveal about Ruth? Boaz praises Ruth’s kindness and loyalty to Naomi’s family. Boaz commends Ruth for her virtue as we learn that she has not engaged in any immoral relationships or married outside of the family. She had stayed true to Israelite customs even though she had accepted by marriage and had no real claim to do so. In verse 11 we learn that Ruth is already a well respected member of the community and in The Message version refer to her as “a real prize”. To Boaz, Ruth must have been quite a catch!
And after all of this, we considered how Ruth might have been feeling. One Mummy said that Ruth would be feeling a sense of relief that it had all gone well and that she had saved her family. I think Ruth would have been feeling jubilant and joyful with a sense of acceptance and respect from her community given that she was a foreigner.
Next week we move onto our penultimate verse of the series:
“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. ” Ruth 4: 13
Post your initial thoughts to the group and then join Rachel at 8pm tomorrow for our weekly Facebook live discussion.