This is what real manhood is about. Suicide is a shortcut, my friend, and shortcuts are wrong. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Why not hasten the process and gain heaven now? A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. No wonder King Lemuel was warned about the dangers of wine: 5 lest they drink and forget what is decreed. (1-5) Boaz acknowledges the duty of a kinsman. Our task as believers who are part of the body of Christ is to challenge our fellow believers to take the high ground and to do the hard (even impossible) things which God requires of us, through the power of His Spirit. When David sinned by numbering the Israelites, God brought a plague of pestilence on the people. Why would her change of attire have been perceived more easily under a blanket and in the dark of night? 17 It is interesting that the Hebrew text literally reads, “Who are you, my daughter?” It is as though she was asking, “Are you Mrs. Boaz?” See the note in the NET Bible. I will, however, give a brief As these words from Proverbs tell us, we must seek for God’s wisdom as for hidden treasure. 1 For the choir director; set to Mikhtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. In Naomi’s mind, at least, it gives her some basis for taking the lead here. He believed the best of Ruth because he was pure in heart, and he and Ruth were kindred spirits. These are drugs that cannot be obtained legally, but may produce the same end result – taking away the pain in one’s life so that there is a momentary relief from it. Ruth 1:6-18. While she agreed to do all that Naomi said, she did not do everything exactly the way Naomi seems to have expected things to be done. All of this was leading up to Satan’s effort to turn the Lord Jesus from the cross (whether or not Satan grasped it at the time). I can boil the essence of my hermeneutics down to a couple of points. So what is the point of calling attention to the fact that Boaz will be at the threshing floor that evening? … Continue reading "Commentary on Ruth 1:1-18" Naomi’s proposition is pure pragmatism, and it is patently wrong for the following reasons: (1) Naomi proposes to solve a problem in secret that should have been dealt with in public. 23 And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. 2 Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours? (6-7) Ruth lays down at Boaz’s feet. And she is right, as we will soon see from chapter 4. So let us read on and rejoice. Naomi would have done well in modern day advertising, for she seeks to “sell” Ruth to Boaz the way Madison Avenue sells toothpaste or lingerie. But there are also those who would rather dull emotional pain than deal with it. 7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And this is why he refuses to become intimate with Ruth that night, and why he gave the nearest kin the opportunity to do the right thing the next day. Some children need discipline more than they need a prescription. But her way of bringing this to pass is vastly different than the way Boaz chooses to accomplish this. Remember, Boaz was a “mighty man of valor.” He showed that not only on the battlefield, and in the barley field, but at the threshing floor as well. How, then, would Boaz deal with his present circumstances? Boaz has not told Ruth to do anything; he has asked who she is. To whom she now made haste for three reasons, as is well observed: (a) (1.) Ruth 1:6 "Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread." She would not go back to the king unless the king was pleased with her and she was requested by name. This explains why Boaz will later insist that no one know that “a woman came to the threshing floor” (Ruth 3:14). We cannot accept the “watered down” (pardon the pun) rendering of the NET Bible here: “When Boaz had finished his meal and was feeling satisfied.” It is just too obvious that Naomi was anticipating that the wine would have a dulling effect on Boaz’s judgment. 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth your maid. The subject of her being in mourning is not emphasized in the conversations that took place in chapter 2. Love and faithfulness abound, as much as the piles of grain at the threshing floor, and blessings overflow into the lives of those who once were empty. So with that background in mind, let’s start reading Ruth 3:1. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all (1 Thessalonians 5:11-14, NET Bible). The book of Ruth is a beautiful story. Thus, I take the text at face value. And discover the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:1-5). Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. Doing things in a way that seems to get the job done, but which falls short of the means God requires. Perhaps it was a familiar storythat a *scribe wrote down after King David’s death. Notice how the unwilling relative is dealt with at the gate of the city in Deuteronomy 25:7-10. In effect, Naomi instructed Ruth that she was to do whatever Boaz said (3:4). Circumstances were far from ideal here, but that did not prevent these two people from living in a way that should command our respect. Professor and Elva B. Lovell Chair of Old Testament. Medication should not be a substitute for discipline. We would do well in evaluating the counsel of others if we asked this question: Is the counsel I am being given coming directly from the Words of Scripture, or is it the opinion of the counselor? Thus, it is very possible that even if Ruth and Boaz had consummated a physical union, no child would have resulted. 14 In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to a separate part of the harem, to the authority of Shaashgaz the king’s eunuch who was overseeing the concubines. 17 She said, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’ ” 18 Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today” (Ruth 3:1-18, NASB95). The author takes up his account at the point that Boaz lies down for the night after eating and drinking and being merry in heart. 20 For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:15-20, NET Bible). The directions given to Ruth by Naomi. Lie down until morning.” 14 So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Again he said, “Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.” So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her. Ruth is praised several times, and Boaz likewise is praised. I think this was a “male celebration,” with no women present. Second, I believe that the Scriptures provide me with all the supporting information I need to understand what I find in any biblical text. 4:4-7), 3. Such are the wise men of this world, whom the Lord charges with folly. The LORD do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me: Ruth had little knowledge of the true God, the God of Israel – but she knew He was a God of fairness and justice, so He could be called upon to hold Ruth accountable to this promise. This may be what Naomi had in mind, but I am convinced that it is not what Ruth did. Boaz would do everything he could for Ruth, but he would do so as God’s law prescribed. 13 Tamar was told, “Look, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14 So she removed her widow’s clothes and covered herself with a veil. Verses 6-22: The death of Elimelech and his two sons (1:3, 5), prepared the way for Naomi and Ruth to leave Orpah in Moab (1:6-14), and return together to Beth-lehem (1:15-22). Now I say this to forewarn you that I do not believe that Naomi’s proposition meets muster. He was thinking how wonderful heaven is, and how terrible his life on earth had become. In the midst of such easily misunderstood actions, how was it that Boaz could so quickly conclude that Ruth was acting in a praiseworthy manner? Stated in a different way, Naomi’s proposition (as she coached Ruth to carry out her plan) did not appeal to one’s moral high ground. The owner’s name was, Boaz. (14-18) Commentary on Ruth 3:1-5 (Read Ruth 3:1-5) The married state should be a rest, as much as any thing upon earth can be so, as it ought to fix the affections and form a connexion for life. 18 “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven. In any case, there are obviously some sexual overtones to this chapter. When I think back on the origin of the Moabites in Genesis 19, the mother of Moab (Lot’s oldest daughter) sounds a lot like Naomi, and nothing like Ruth. When Ruth identifies herself as the servant or maid of Boaz, she chooses a different term than the one she employed in verse 13 of chapter 2. 12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s bidding conveyed through the eunuchs. Come on, that’s just trying too hard to avoid the obvious. Anyone is at liberty to use this lesson for educational purposes only, with or without credit. Yes, in a general sense, she is asking Boaz to marry her, but more specifically she is asking him to be her kinsman redeemer (go’el). This story is about an ordinary family whose members suffered manylosses but God went on looking after them. Providentially, Boaz lays down at “the end of the heap of grain.” In other words, Boaz lays down some distance removed from the workers, providing the kind of privacy that enabled Ruth to slip under the covers at his feet, unnoticed by anyone (even Boaz, for the time being). 16 There is a good bit of discussion as to just what the quantity of grain was, but it seems fair to say that it was a generous gift, which would be as much as a woman could carry. In His mercy, God stopped short of destroying all. (8) Naomi’s plan seems to assume that the end justifies the means. Such people need to carefully consider whether their medication is truly a solution to their problems or a shortcut around them. I find it hard not to assume that since Naomi knew that Boaz would be at the threshing floor that evening, she anticipated that this would likely be a more vulnerable time for Boaz. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare. In other words, Ruth is asking Boaz to be God’s answer to her prayers by redeeming her. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence. but the kisses of an enemy are excessive (Proverbs 27:6, NET Bible). But sometime in the middle of the night, Boaz was suddenly startled out of his sleep. I believe that just as Boaz had declared in chapter 2, Ruth had sought refuge under God’s wings, just as any true Israelite should do. If Boaz is a prototype of Christ, our Redeemer, then should he not have been trusted to assume a leadership role in redeeming the family property and marrying Ruth? So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative.” 10 Then he said, “May you be blessed of the Lord, my daughter. Let me say one more thing by way of introduction. The essence of these shortcuts was for Jesus to satisfy, or please Himself, by acting independently of the Father (much as Adam and Eve had done in the Garden of Eden). 15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute because she had covered her face (Genesis 38:12-15, NET Bible). Allow me to suggest several factors that may have influenced Boaz. The greatest example of refusing to take a shortcut is found in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that shortcuts are both unbiblical and unwise. cutting corners), I decided to do a search on the Internet to see what kind of shortcuts I could find. I chose to use the expression, “cutting corners,” because it is a word play. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Be at peace among yourselves. If women were present, it would be assumed that something immoral took place. Boaz does not flatter himself. 6. For the Christian, shortcuts deprive us of the opportunity of seeing the hand of God at work in our lives. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing. 17 She said, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’” 18 Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today” (Ruth 3:16-18, NASB95). But just how is one to discern the difference? On the one hand, it refers to a shortcut. 7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. I’m not sure that things are going exactly the way Naomi planned. 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