Ruth and Boaz, Preparing the contract: Ruth chapter 3

Before I look at chapter 3 of Ruth we need to look at some points of Jewish law.

“5 If brothers are living together and one of them dies without a son, his widow must not marry outside the family. Her husband’s brother shall take her and marry her and fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to her. 6 The first son she bears shall carry on the name of the dead brother so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.

7 However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.” 8 Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,” 9 his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.” 10 That man’s line shall be known in Israel as The Family of the Unsandaled.” Deutronomy chapter 5. Verses 5-9

Remember that we said earlier that God cares for the widow, the weak and orphaned.  God will fight their cause.  If a brother dies childless and there is a widow, the closest relative is supposed to take up the cause of his brother so that his name is not blotted out.  This is a duty.

Verse 1 Naomi is helping Naomi to find some safety and life security when there wasn’t any.   Naomi knew that Boaz was a close family member and that he would be ideal for Ruth.  Ruth has been commanded to look her best. Anointing (looking fresh), washing (being clean), Putting the best clothes on.   So as not to embarrass Boaz but also to fulfil legal obligations she has to play a waiting game.  For some reason shoes are important for wheeling and dealing.  That is the way things were done in those days.    

Boaz was tired and he went to sleep.      She came secretly to him and uncovered his feet.  This was done as an intention of marriage. (legal obligation)   Boaz got scared and then realized it was Ruth.  She asks Boaz for marriage security. Uncovering his feet and covering Ruth were legal acts.   The contract continues.  Boaz is excited because she chose him instead of the other men, although legally the man holds all the cards. He could have said to Ruth; What do you think you are doing?   He didn’t do that.  He whole heartedly took up his obligations.  He calls her a woman of Excellence (proverbs 31:10 onwards if you care to read) Boaz knew there was a closer relative so he had to have first pickings.   Boaz explains the Law to Ruth about redemption.     She left before anybody could recognize her.  This was not only for Ruth but it would also protect the reputation of Boaz.      Boaz then gives barley to Ruth and Naomi as a symbol of his seriousness about this situation.  It was quite a lot of Barley but obviously she was able to carry it.      

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This chapter 3 is preparation for a marriage. There are legal obligations that need to be fulfilled.

2 Responses to “Ruth and Boaz, Preparing the contract: Ruth chapter 3”

  1. samo lucija Says:

    Molitva Svetoj obitelji
    Sveta nazaretska obitelji, tvojoj nebeskoj zaštiti predajemo sve naše obitelji.
    Isuse, učini da u svakoj obitelji vladaju odnosi ljubavi i povjerenja. Nauči djecu poslušnosti roditeljima, marljivosti u školskim i drugim obavezama. Oslobodi ih od utjecaja zla i zaštiti od svake ovisnosti. Daj da rastu u mudrosti i Božjoj milosti kao što si ti rastao u svojoj obitelji.
    Marijo, naša Majko, tvojoj dobroti preporučujemo srce svake žene i majke. Udijeli joj otvorenost životu, strpljivost i smisao za žrtvu. Daj da sa svojim mužem bude vlastitim primjerom prva odgojiteljica vjere svojoj djeci.
    Sveti Josipe, skrbniče Isusa i Marije, izmoli očevima otvorenost Božjem vodstvu, posao koji će raditi u marljivosti i poštenju i vrijeme koje će posvetiti svojoj ženi i djeci.
    Isuse, Marijo, Josipe, predajemo vam sve obitelji, a na poseban način one koje su najpotrebnije vaše pomoći. Bdijte nad nama i čuvajte nas u svojoj ljubavi! Amen.
    Skriv en kommentar …

    Suzana Monika
    zato su stara skola dobili jabuke za te romakatolicke praznike
    · Svara · 1 m
    Suzana Monika
    Amen prekrasna roza je za maminu utrobu womb zato 2 xputa na godinu ta roza boja vesta zupnika , Bob DavisHAS PADRE PIO EVER ANSWERED YOUR PRAYERS?
    8ltn cmarSps fuonksiliort.mS o16:trega1t5rSd ·
    Prior to my Cervical spine surgery, for 2 weeks I prayed to Padre Pio for his intercession, I was so scared because the Neuro Surgeon had told me that I could possibly be paralyzed. My surgeon came to me prior to the anesthesia taking effect and told me that he had been praying and all would be ok. Sometime during the surgery I looked over to my side and there was Saint Padre Pio standing there, he reached out to me and said everything, is fine, everything will be fine Bobby. I felt a calmness unlike anything that I had felt before in my lifetime. When I awoke the first thing on my mind was that Saint Pio was there watching over me, The surgery went fine the recovery was rough and years later I still have pain, but knowing Pio and all the Saints are with me gives me peace! Saint Pio, Pray for Us!
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    Suzana Monika
    GOD BLESS YOU !St. Joseph Society
    etr9Sphmo tsonsiormed ·
    𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐚 𝐭𝐨 𝐒𝐭. 𝐉𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐩𝐡 (𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝟓)
    Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, for you are especially close with God. Therefore, I humbly commend myself, with all who are dear to me and all that belong to me, to your intercession. I beg of you, by your love for Jesus and Mary, not to abandon me during life and to assist me at the hour of my death.
    Glorious Saint Joseph, spouse of the Immaculate Virgin, pray for me to have a pure, humble, charitable mind, and perfect resignation to the divine Will. Be my guide, my father, and my model through life that I may die as you did in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
    Loving Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, I raise my heart to you to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the Divine Heart of Jesus all the graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly the grace of a happy death, and the special grace I now implore: (Mention your request)
    Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel confident that your prayers on my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
    St. Joseph Most Obedient, Pray for us!
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    Suzana Monika
    Amen.Wolfgang Hütten
    mm1St3g Saopnfmatrsos 2ls0nsg2or0ed ·
    Det här är mitt blods kopp,
    nytt och evigt förbund — hemligt
    av tro –, det för dig och för dig
    de många kommer att skjutas till de
    Syndens förlåtelse.
    Johannes. Joh. 6, 53-59 Jesus sade till dem, Amen, amen, detta säger jag till dig, om du inte äter köttet av Människosonen, och inte dricker hans blod, har du inte levt i dig …
    Den som äter mitt kött och dricker mitt blod har evigt liv, och jag kommer att lyfta upp honom på sista dagen. För mitt kött är verkligen en mat och mitt blod är verkligen en drink. Den som äter mitt kött och dricker mitt blod förblir i mig och jag håller mig i honom. Som den levande fadern sände mig och som jag lever genom Fadern, så kommer den som äter mig att leva genom mig. Detta är brödet som kom ner från himlen. Hos honom är det inte som med brödet som papporna åt; de dog. Men den som äter detta bröd kommer att leva för evigt. Jesus talade dessa ord när han lärde ut i synagogan i Kafarnaum.
    · ·
    Roman Szkwara
    Herr, ich bin nicht würdig, dass du eingehst unter mein Dach, aber sprich nur ein Wort, so wird meine Seele gesund. Amen
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    Suzana Monika
    Roman Szkwara AMEN

    • weaver1has Says:

      Thanks for connecting. I will remember you in my prayers that God through his Son by the Holy Spirit will bless you and show you the way into his truth.

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