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Ruth & Boaz, Part 2: a faith based story from the Story Powerline
11/12/2020 4:00:00 AM by: Maria Luisa Navarro

Part 1 Story: The Bible tells a double love story in the Book of Ruth. Ruth loved her mother-in-law Naomi so much that she decided to leave her own people in the land of Moab and take responsibility for taking care of Naomi in Naomi’s native Israel. Both women were widows, and Ruth could have remarried more easily in her native country, Moab. In Israel, people looked down on people from Moab.

The two women were on the verge of starving. So Ruth went to gather leftover barley from the field of one of Naomi’s rich relatives, Boaz. Boaz was immediately attracted to her.

A rich farmer notices the foreign widow

When Boaz saw Ruth gleaning in his field, he asked questions and found out what she was doing for Naomi. He invited her to lunch and then showered her with food to take back to Naomi. Then privately, he told his young men to snap off some heads of barley and drop them on purpose for Ruth to gather. “And don’t make any remarks to her,” he warned.

That evening, Ruth returned to Naomi with a whole bushel of barley. When she told her mother-in-law all about Boaz’s kindness to her, Naomi cried “Boaz! He is one of our closest relatives!”

Naomi explains Israelite customs to Ruth

As harvest time drew to a close, Naomi told her daughter-in-law that it was time for her to think of marriage -- to Boaz, who had continued to be so kind to them. Then she advised Ruth how to proceed according to Israelite customs of that day.

“Dress up and go to the threshing floor,” she said. This is where Boaz would be sleeping that night to protect his crops. “Then lie down at his feet.” Boaz would understand this action as Ruth’s desire for him to marry her, as her deceased husband’s next of kin, to raise children to carry on the family name.

Boaz is charmed but must follow Israelite customs

When Ruth did as Naomi advised, Boaz said, “You are being even kinder to Naomi now than before. Naturally you would prefer to marry a younger man than me, even if he was poor. But you have put aside your personal desires.”

By then Boaz was completely taken by Ruth’s inner beauty and determined to marry her. However, custom decreed that a closer relative of Naomi’s than Boaz had to be offered the first chance to marry her. So Boaz formally went before the city elders to ask this man if he was willing to marry Ruth. Fortunately, this relative already had a family, so he turned down that honor and responsibility.

Boaz marries Ruth

Boaz married Ruth, and the Lord gave them a son, Obed. When Obed was born, the women of the city came to Naomi and said, “Bless the Lord who has given you this grandson! May he be famous in Israel. May he restore your youth and take care of you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law, who loves you so much and has been kinder to you than seven sons.”

In time, Obed became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of Israel’s famous King David. Truly Ruth was blessed many times over for her love and her faithful responsibility to Naomi.

Today’s prayer

Thank You, Lord, that as I choose to please you and show love and compassion, You bless me and provide me with every good thing. Amen.

© 1998 Maria Luisa Navarro


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