Doubtlessly this inspiring story would have inspired Titus 3:2-5 that admonishes "The aged women... (to) teach the young women...." In seeking answers to our prayers and to fulfilling God's will for our lives we must be aware that God has already endowed each of us with some natural and time-honed capabilities to accomplish these divine purposes. Here therefore we see Naomi's wisdom, Ruth's charm, virtue, and beauty applied under the blessing of the Lord presenting Boaz with an irresistible offer.
You would imagine that Naomi and Ruth were great friends at this stage of the game; they would have formed a bond built by honesty, love and trust. It wouldn't be difficult for Ruth to have responded to Naomi's suggestion accordingly, "All that you say to me I will do." Jesus says of those who would be His friends, "You are my friends, if you do whatsoever I have commanded you." John 15:14.
I'd like to see represented in this story the following:
Naomi representing Christ - providing the way to a better (more secure/eternal) life
Ruth representing us - showing willing obedience to every instruction received
Boaz representing the Father - who will find a way to secure our well-being (salvation)
There is neither deception nor dishonour here, just the pure genius of pragmatic strategy at work. 2 Timothy 3:15 talks of our being "wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." Salvation, though a gift of God, will not be gained by those who are slight of mind; but are wise (Matt. 25: 2).
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