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21 Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also said to me, ‘You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’ ” 22 And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field.” 23 So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

 

2:21

Ruth the Moabitess said, “He also said to me, ‘You shall stay close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’ ”

Ruth also indicated that Boaz allowed her to remain in both barley and wheat harvests until they were finished. Those two harvests were two months apart.

2:22

And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field.”

Naomi encouraged Ruth to remain in Boaz’s harvest because of the possible dangers of being close to strange men in other fields.

2:23

So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law.

Ruth obeyed Naomi’s words.

PRINCIPLE:

Much sexual temptation is allayed by prudent actions.

APPLICATION:

We can avoid yielding to sexual sins by not making occasion or a platform for the sin to occur. Where do you allow yourself to go with the opposite sex? We need to use wisdom to not put ourselves in situations whereby we would be more easily tempted.

Sin can use the law as an occasion to exert itself.

Ro 7:8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.

Unwise use of liberty can become a platform or a basis for sin. Liberty is not a panacea for living the Christian life. There are other principles—such as the wisdom of not putting ourselves in the way of temptation—that deliver us from sin. 

Ga 5: 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

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