Ruth, Week 3 | Threshing Floor
What a challenging task it must have been when Naomi asked Ruth to be obedient to her and lay at the feet of Boaz. However, Ruth so humbly did so saying, “I will do whatever you say.” (Ruth 3:5) During this time the people of God were under the Law of Moses and that meant that Ruth was eligible to have a kinsman redeemer. This was a part of Israeli family tradition. A man who was a close relative was responsible to care for a childless widow and thus carry on the family name (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). Naomi was not asking this of Ruth in a selfish way - she was doing so because she wanted what was best for her daughter-in-law. She wanted rest and security for her. She knew that in Ruth doing so she would be offering herself as a bride to Boaz.
The patience that Ruth must have had to bear during that time is a perfect example of the patience that we should strive to have during whatever it is we are enduring. She not only had to be patient and wait until Boaz was asleep to approach him in the night, but after she had to wait and see if he would accept her offer.
If you are wrestling with being patient in an area of your life right now, then the story of Ruth is one for you… myself included.
When Boaz woke to Ruth at his feet, I can only assume that he was a bit stunned. She asked him, “Spread the corner or your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9) When Ruth asked Boaz to spread a corner of his garment over her, I believe she was asking him to both spiritually and physically be her covering. Boaz saw Ruth for the woman she was and not for what life had thrown at her. He noticed in her “kindness, and that she was a woman of noble character.” Boaz vowed to be her kinsman redeemer if a man of nearer kin was not willing.
Ruth was a woman of integrity with a kind heart and great nobility, but to the rest of the world she could have been seen as a barren widow in a foreign land.
I believe that there is a specific reason why this encounter between Boaz and Ruth takes place in a threshing room. A threshing room was a place where grain was separated from husks. Where the old was being stripped away from the goodness inside. Ruth was being separated from the past. She was becoming redeemed:
From poverty to wealth.
From widow to wife.
From barren to fertile.
From foreigner to an Israelite.
This is a beautiful picture of the redemption and transformation that happens when we surrender and lay our lives down at the feet of Jesus.
“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering
his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew
I challenge you this week to allow God to thresh out all that you do not need to be carrying and to lay down your life at His feet.
I challenge you to be patient in the time of waiting and trust that He is making something beautiful out of your life.
Trust that God can restore and redeem all things in your life.