Honourable

by Robert

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.

Ruth 3:10 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/rut.3.10.ESV

Boaz woke up to find a lovely lady at his feet. A lesser man might have taken advantage of her, but not Boaz. I don’t know what Naomi was thinking sending Ruth to lie at Boaz’s feet, but thankfully Boaz was better than to selfishly exploit the situation.

Instead, this verse gives us Boaz’s response. He blessed Ruth. Even if following Naomi’s questionable advice may have been reckless, Boaz didn’t judge Ruth.

Boaz got the gist that Ruth wanted to marry him. It seems that he had thought she would rather marry a young man, even if he himself was rich. But Naomi’s plan worked- Boaz finally twigged that there was a chance for him and Ruth.

On a spiritual level, godly Boaz is like a picture of Jesus. Ruth is a picture of us, if we want to be united to Jesus by faith. Even if we might have mixed motives, and have nothing much to offer Christ, He happily welcomes us with open arms.

“Lord, we chose You over all the passing pleasures that this world has to offer. Thank You for accepting us as we are, but not leaving us as we were, and for making us be transformed into Your likeness, to Your praise, amen”