Ruth’s Gamble

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Ruth 3:7 Ruth came quietly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.

Throughout the first two chapters of Ruth, we’ve seen the brokenness and trauma of her life as well as the kindness Boaz has provided. But now Ruth’s story takes another turn. 

Ruth’s former mother-in-law, Naomi, asks Ruth to wait until Boaz is asleep and then to go and uncover his feet and lie down. While there is much speculation as to the cultural significance of this act, we know that Ruth trusted Naomi enough to go with this plan. 

When Boaz awakes and asks who it is at his feet, she responds and says, “I am your servant Ruth. Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”

The Cultural Background Study Bible notes that Ruth’s request to spread the corner of his covering over her would have been an idiom for marriage. This was a bold move. Ruth wasn’t simply warming Boaz’s feet, she was welcoming the opportunity to be his wife! Boaz responds favorably, and sets out with a plan to make it happen. 


     RUTH 3:1-18 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: What have you found most interesting about the story of Ruth so far throughout the week? 

Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess there are times when I put You in a box and don’t live life in such a way to expect the unexpected. But Your Word regularly reveals that You will work in unexpected ways in the lives of Your people. Today, I pray that You will work through me in an unexpected way to offer support, love, and encouragement to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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