August 16: An Unusual Proposal (Ruth 3:1-18)
This Sunday Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on church history in the youth room at 9:00am, focusing on the roots of the Reformation and how theology develops over time. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
[We will study all of chapter 3, though only vv. 8-13 are provided here]
At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” And he said, “May you be blessed by the LORD, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman. And now it is true that I am a redeemer. Yet there is a redeemer nearer than I. Remain tonight, and in the morning, if he will redeem you, good; let him do it. But if he is not willing to redeem you, then, as the LORD lives, I will redeem you. Lie down until the morning.”
Last week, our passage ended with Ruth still living with her mother-in-law. This week, we see a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law hatch and carry out a plan that might be called, "an unusual proposal." While Ruth and Naomi had been provided for with barley, there was much more that they needed: protection and ultimately a progeny, a son to carry on the name of Elimelech. In our story, Naomi directs Ruth to seek more than protection, but also redemption, by Boaz who as we learned was a close relative. How they seek this redemption is the theme of this chapter. We will see God's grace continue to draw two people together not simply for their personal happiness but for the joy of the world.
Review and Apply
1. What is the most unusual marriage proposal you have heard?
2. What is Naomi seeking to do for Ruth? See Ruth 1:8-9.
3. Explain the custom of a redeemer in Lev. 25:25-28 and Deut. 25:5-10?
4. What is Ruth seeking from Boaz in Ruth 3:9?
5. Explain the redemption of Jesus. What do you need to be redeemed from?
6. How did you approach him for redemption?
7. Draw similarities between Boaz and Jesus? Between Ruth and you?