“Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”
Ruth declared this to her mother-in-law, Naomi, who told her to go back to her mother’s house as Naomi would go back to Judah, her own country. They must have had to live together tightly after they lost their bread providers. Yet, also, Naomi must have been a great mother-in-law, and more importantly Ruth must have been a very loving, faithful woman. I imagine she was beautiful nice looking, too.
Boaz quickly noticed Ruth, who was picking up the left-over grains following after harvesters in his field.
“Who is that young woman over there?” He asked his foreman.
” She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi…She has been hard at work except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”
Learning that Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi, his relative, Boaz went over and said to Ruth,
“Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.”
For Ruth, who was a poor vulnerable foreign woman, the kind words of Boaz must have touched deeply. She thanked him for his kindness kneeling down. ( i imagine that she looked so beautiful for Boaz.)
Then Boaz invited her for lunch with plenty of food and wine, and gave her souvenirs to take them to Naomi.
She said to Boaz,” I hope I continue to please you, sir.” And Boaz treated her very special making sure to let her pick up plenty of rich grains.
I see the romance was growing between the humble respectful woman and the caring gentleman, but the first person who noticed it was Naomi.
She suggested Ruth to take a bath, put on perfume, dress up, and go to the threshing floor, where Boaz would be, but not to be seen until he finishes eating and drinking; after he sleeps, lie down at his feet “to let him know that she is available to him for marriage.”–(Hmm, I see her mature wisdom here.)
Following Naomi’s instruction, Ruth spent a night with Boaz…
The Bible tells beautifully about God’s love (Agape) parents’ love towards kids (Storge), Love between friends (Philia), and also love between a man and a woman (Eros).
Ruth was humble, obedient, sacrificial, and passionate: Boaz was dependable, strong, protective, generous, and kind – Perhaps all of them are the ingredients of love God gave us.
In the public with witnesses, Boaz announced his becoming a redeemer of Naomi, and as a condition of the redeemer, he married Ruth.
Ruth is like Cinderella–so romantic!
Today is Valentine’s Day. I am so thankful that I can enjoy this romantic day again this year, with George. May the love never be beaten by cancer!