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14 So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, “Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.” 15 Also he said, “Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then she went into the city. 16 When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “Is that you, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 And she said, “These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’ ” 18 Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

 

3:14

So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Then he said, “Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”

Ruth lay at Boaz’s feet until morning but arose before anyone could recognize her on the threshing floor next to Boaz. This was to protect her from gossip. Boaz had a reputation to protect as well.

3:15

Also he said, “Bring the shawl that is on you and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six ephahs of barley, and laid it on her. Then she went into the city.

Boaz gave Ruth a gift of 60 pounds of barley before she left for Bethlehem.

3:16

When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “Is that you, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her.

Naomi was eager to know the results of Ruth’s venture to propose marriage to Boaz. Ruth relayed all the events between her and Boaz, and that he had accepted her proposal of marriage.

3:17

And she said, “These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’ ”

Boaz indicated to Ruth that the barley was for her mother-in-law, Naomi.

3:18

Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”

Naomi and Ruth left the initiative with Boaz. Boaz was to resolve the issue that very day.

PRINCIPLE:

Jesus voluntarily accepted the role of Redeemer for us.

APPLICATION:

Jesus accepted the role of the Redeemer for each one of us. The word redemption means to purchase out of a slave market. Jesus purchased us out of the slave market of sin.

Ephesians 1: 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

It was the blood of Jesus that paid the ransom for our sin. By doing this, God forgave our sins. All of this is the result of God’s grace, not our merit. Jesus was the willing Redeemer. He did it because He loved us.

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