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Ruth proposed to Boaz, shouldn’t women propose?

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Remember Ruth in the Bible, the one with a kind mother-in-law named Naomi who had lost her husband and two sons in Moab.

Naomi was married to a man named Elimelech. A famine causes them to move with their two sons, from their home in Judea to Moab. While there Elimelech died, as well as her sons who had gotten married in the meantime.

The two brothers married Moabite women, Chilion married Orpah, and Mahlon, married Ruth. Both died childless.

After the death of Chilion and Mahlon, Ruth relocates with her mother-in-law to Bethlehem where she met her wealthy heart throb named Boaz who was Noami’s relative.

Now, I have studied the book of Ruth over and over. The first time Ruth and Boaz’s had a conversation was in Ruth Chapter 2 from vs 8 while Ruth picking leftover grains from Boaz’s field.

8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Let me give you some advice. Don’t pick up corn anywhere except in this field. Work with the women here; 

9watch them to see where they are reaping and stay with them. I have ordered my men not to molest you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and drink from the water jars that they have filled.”

10Ruth bowed down with her face touching the ground, and said to Boaz, “Why should you be so concerned about me? Why should you be so kind to a foreigner?”

11Boaz answered, “I have heard about everything that you have done for your mother-in-law since your husband died. I know how you left your father and mother and your own country and how you came to live among a people you had never known before.

 12May the LORD reward you for what you have done. May you have a full reward from the LORD God of Israel, to whom you have come for protection!”

13Ruth answered, “You are very kind to me, sir. You have made me feel better by speaking gently to me, even though I am not the equal of one of your servants.”

14At mealtime Boaz said to Ruth, “Come and have a piece of bread, and dip it in the sauce.” So she sat with the workers, and Boaz passed some roasted grain to her. She ate until she was satisfied, and she still had some food left over. 

15-16After she had left to go on picking up corn, Boaz ordered the workers, “Let her pick it up even where the bundles are lying, and don’t say anything to stop her. Besides that, pull out some corn from the bundles and leave it for her to pick up.”

Takeaways from Boaz

  1. Boaz was a kind man, he spoke gently & didn’t harass Ruth.
  2. He was a giver, he’s able to share and reward.
  3. He praised and prayed for Ruth.

Whose idea was it that Ruth should marry Boaz?

Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law was the master mind behind the marriage between the two. Probably or not, Ruth might have nursed some kind of admiration for Boaz without any ulterior motives. Since women are easily attracted to kind and generous men.

Now listen Naomi says to Ruth; This evening, Boaz will be threshing the barley. So wash yourself, put on some perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes.

Then go where he is threshing, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. Be sure to notice where he lies down, and after he falls asleep, go and lift the covers and lie down at his feet. He will tell you what to do.” Ruth did exactly as she was told.

During the night, Boaz woke up suddenly, turned over, and was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet. 9“Who are you?” he asked.

“It’s Ruth, sir,” she answered. “Because you are a close relative, you are responsible for taking care of me. So please marry me.” Ruth chapter 3 vs 9.

If Ruth proposed to Boaz, why hasn’t it been normalized yet for Christian women to propose to the men they liked without having to feel awkward and society making them look desperate?

How did Boaz respond to Ruth’s proposal?

The LORD bless you,” Boaz replied. “You are showing even greater family loyalty in what you are doing now than in what you did for your mother-in-law. You might have gone looking for a young man, either rich or poor, but you didn’t. 

Now don’t worry, Ruth. I will do everything you ask; as everyone in town knows, you are a fine woman. It is true that I am a close relative and am responsible for you, but there is a man who is a closer relative than I am. 

Stay here the rest of the night, and in the morning we will find out whether or not he will take responsibility for you. If so, well and good; if not, then I swear by the living LORD that I will take the responsibility. Now lie down and stay here till morning.”

Conclusion

Boaz finally married Ruth and of course they lived happily ever after with a son Obed.

What are your thoughts on this, I’d like to hear from you. Share your ideas on women proposing to men in the comments section. If your girlfriend proposed would you say yes? Ladies, can you ask a man to marry you?

Reference

Good News Bible (GNB), Ruth chapter 1-3

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