Boaz foreshadowed the ultimate Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Jesus faithfully fulfills this responsibility for every believer.
by VANESSA WHITE
He was related by blood phil. 2:5-8, able to pay the price 1 peter 1:18-19, and willing to redeem Matt. 20:28.
The book of Ruth beautifully shows that the relative in redemption without hesitation paid the cost required for the one he loved just as Christ later redeemed mankind. The go’el protects property and people in the family. The levirate duty illustrated an act of pure love – the one who responded did not gain. Both inspire selfless love (Bible Study Notes).
Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.Ruth 3:1-2
In v. 1. Naomi wants to provide rest for Ruth, she wants Ruth to find a husband and a home so that her heart can rest, she wants to find security for her daughter-in-law. Naomi, took interest in Ruth’s well- being.
Verse 2, tells us Boaz is a relative and we see in scripture he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. The words winnowing and threshing floor, quietly echo in my heart. We can come before the Lord with expectant hearts, a strong desire to glean in His Word. There are wonderful principles we can learn from God’s Word.
Word studies are great, digging deep into God’s word, finding precious gems in the Word of God, there is rich application we can take and apply His word, His principles, to our lives.
Here is a description of winnowing; The grain would be separated from the husks, or chaff (Deuteronomy 25:4; Isaiah 28:28) and then tossed into the air so that the wind could blow the chaff away, leaving only the good, edible grain. This was called “winnowing.” Source: Compelling Truth
What is the Bible talking about when it mentions a threshing floor?
A threshing floor is a smooth, flat surface that was used in the process of harvesting grain. Before there was machinery, farmers used a threshing floor to separate the grain from the chaff. The harvested produce would be spread over the threshing floor and then animals (cattle or oxen) would be led over it, to crush and break the sheaves apart with their hooves. At times, people used sticks to beat the sheaves apart (Ruth 2:17; Isaiah 28:27).
John the Baptist uses the imagery of the threshing floor to describe the coming Messiah who would separate the true believers from the false. The true followers of Christ will be gathered into the kingdom of God just as grain is gathered into barns, while those who reject Christ will be burned up “with unquenchable fire,” just as the worthless chaff is burned (Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17). The wicked are often described as chaff that the wind drives away (Psalm 1:4; Isaiah 17:13). Similar imagery of the good grain being separated from the worthless weeds appears in the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13:36–43). Source: Compelling Truth
Remember, there is an eternal state. There is only two destinies: heaven or hell Isaiah 66:23-24. We have one lifetime here on this earth and we can choose to follow God or suffer the consequences. It’s not worth it to reject Christ Jesus. We must make our ultimate choice the way to life or the way to death. John 14:6-7. What is the Gospel? We have Good News!
To dig deeper I highly recommend this article: Threshing Floor by Compelling Truth, there is no need to even elaborate it is so good!
Naomi offers to find a husband for ruth
3 Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.” 5 And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.” Ruth 3:3-4.
What questions or insights do you have about this passage? Take note of anything in the text that is confusing, surprising, challenging, or hard to understand. Write down your questions and keep them in mind as you explore further in God’s word.
Ruth Beautifies herself in the lord
I love Ruth’s respectful response in V. 5, she says; “all that you say to me I will do.” She took counsel from Naomi. She clothed herself with humility and she chose obedience. Ruth washed herself, anointed herself, she put on her best garment and went down to the threshing floor.
Revelation 19:7, Let us rejoice and triumph and give Him the glory; for the time for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready.”
What does it mean to you that “the Bride has made herself ready?” While you can know the Bible and know what it means without applying it, knowledge of the Scripture should lead us to action and inspire change in our lives.
The application of oil was associated with times of rejoicing and celebration. It also possessed a deeper significance, including that of being singled out by God for special favor or responsibilities.
Anointing as a social custom – In personal grooming
Ec 9:8 The associations here are of joy and well-being.
Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.
See also Ru 3:3; Ps 92:10; Is 57:9; Am 6:6; Mt 6:17
She beautified herself in the Lord. A woman’s best garment reminds me of Colossians 3:12; Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, Galatians 5:22-23.
Pray that God will guide your time of devotion, speak to you through your reading, and give you insight into how to apply it.
Isaiah 61:3 – To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Let that be our words of wisdom, that our hearts may proclaim; “LORD, all that You say to me I will do.” Because I trust You, Proverbs 3:5-6.
Dear LORD, We glorify Your Holy Mighty Name. Thank You for Your faithfulness, the power of your Holy Spirit. Father God we thank You for Your lavish love, Your grace and mercy. Thank You for Your holiness. Please O’ LORD give us garments of godliness, a garment of praise that we may praise You no matter what trials we face. Adorn us with Your grace, that our lives may be grace-filled. Clothe us with tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and longsuffering; may we walk in Your love. In Jesus Name.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;Proverbs 18:10
The righteous run to it and are safe.
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