“And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.”
She obeyed all that her mother-in-law told her to do.
“And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.”
Naomi knew that Boaz was working in the threshingfloor. and she also knew what Ruth needed to do.
“Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.”
She obeyed in faith, believing that Boaz would do what he could.
“And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman.”
He was a near kinsman that could redeem them, and he was willing.
“And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”
She was kind and virtuous, and although there was a nearer kinsman, Boaz was whom God had prepared to be the redeemer.
Ruth also serves as an example of how Christ is willing to redeem us if only we will trust in Him by faith.
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Jeremiah 35-36 | Philippians 3 | Psalm 40
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