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Putting God's Plan Together

Ruth 3:5 KJV 1900
5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV 1900
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Naomi was now using the providence of God by alloying Ruth to glean in Boaz’s field.
She now saw the big picture.
it was time to act .....
Naomi would put a plan together to see if Boaz would accept the responsibility of becoming the Kinsman redeemer and carry out his obligations as identified in the scriptures.
She now had plan that would allow Ruth to present herself to Boaz a potential marriage partner
How do you go about discovering God’s plan for your life?
There are several vital keys that will help you discover His Will.
By connecting with God, trusting in Him completely, and surrendering yourself to Him He will begin to reveal the path He has for you.
Do you want wisdom for what God has planned in your life?
James 1:5 KJV 1900
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
says to ask Him!
If you believe in His power to give you guidance, He will. Most of us have a tendency to try and figure things out on our own.
However God is trying to tell you that He is with you and He wants to help guide you. Humble yourself and don’t stress about navigating the waters alone.
Instead, ask Him for His help and He will provide you with guidance. God knows your heart, but asking Him point blank will aid in starting the process.
Surrender Your Will
While you say you are a follower of God, do you really trust your life with Him? Many times we think we know what we want in life and where we are supposed to be going. Instead of seeking God’s Will, what we really want to say to God is “here is what I’m planning to do God, do you approve?” This is not an effective way to finding His true desires. We have to trust that God’s plan is the only option we should follow. Before God can reveal His Will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is He desires of you. Surrender yourself to Him fully.
Romans 12:2 KJV 1900
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Proverbs 23:26 KJV 1900
26 My son, give me thine heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways.
So with that in mind we look at what Naomi instructed Ruth to do ....

I The Opportunity

Ruth 3:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor.

The reader is not told how much time lapsed between the closing of chapter 2 and Naomi’s question to Ruth in 3:1. Naomi asked whether she should “try to find a home” (mānôaḥ, “find rest”) for her daughter-in-law. “Rest” here (cf. another form of the same word in 1:9) implies the security and benefits found in marriage by a woman in the ancient Near East. It was customary for parents (or, in this case, Naomi) to arrange marriages (Gen 24:3–4; 34:4; Judg 14:2).

Naomi’s motive was unselfish: “where you will be well provided for” (NIV; lit., “that it will be well to you”; “I seek for you a happy future,” Sasson [in loc.]). If Ruth remained an unprotected widow in a foreign land, life could go very hard for her.

The reader is not told how much time lapsed between the closing of chapter 2 and Naomi’s question to Ruth in 3:1.
Naomi asked whether she should “try to find a home” (mānôaḥ, “find rest”) for her daughter-in-law.
“Rest” here (cf. another form of the same word in 1:9) implies the security and benefits found in marriage by a woman in the ancient Near East. It was customary for parents (or, in this case, Naomi) to arrange marriages (; ; ).
Naomi’s motive was unselfish: “where you will be well provided for” (NIV; lit., “that it will be well to you”; “I seek for you a happy future,” Sasson [in loc.]).

If Ruth remained an unprotected widow in a foreign land, life could go very hard for her.

Naomi is seeking a benefit for Ruth that she will be taken care of ....
Lets face it Naomi is seizing an opportunity that God gave her.
Ephesians 5:16 KJV 1900
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Jeremiah 8:20 KJV 1900
20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
Illustration - Opportunity to go into the ministry
Opportunity to get a grant - Monday after Easter in NJ from 8:00-12:00
Opportunity to get property next door 7 days
God opens up doors we must act on them ......

II The Operation

II The Operation

Ruth 3.3-4
Ruth 3.1
Ruth 3:3–4 KJV 1900
3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.

Naomi knew that Boaz was a kinsman (but not the nearest, as v.12 reveals; cf. a similar word in 2:1) who could satisfy the levirate law of marriage. She interpreted Boaz’s kindness to Ruth that allowed her to work alongside his maidservants as an indication of a favorable disposition on his part toward Ruth and possibly a willingness to do the kinsman’s part.

One must resist an inclination to caricature Naomi as a “matchmaker,” but obviously she had been giving the matter some thought. She knew that Boaz was going to winnow barley at the threshing floor that same night, and she had devised a plan whereby he might know of Ruth’s willingness to marry him.

Threshing floors were nothing more than level places of smooth rock or pounded earth located on a hill, where the grain could be separated from the chaff by tossing the threshed grain into the wind that rose in the evening from the Mediterranean. The grain, being heavier, fell to the ground as the chaff was blown away.

3 Naomi instructed Ruth to beautify herself according to the custom of the times by washing (cf. Isa 1:16) and perfuming herself (“anoint,” NASB). Then after putting on her “best clothes” (NIV, RSV; however, it is unlikely that an impoverished Ruth would have had best clothes; the Hebrew means only a “garment” or “mantle”; cf. Ezek 16:9–13 for a description of a bride’s preparations), she was to “go down” to the threshing floor (Bethlehem stood on the ridge of a hill that was higher than the threshing floor; however, the LXX has “go up”). Naomi cautioned Ruth not to reveal herself to Boaz till he had finished eating and drinking.

Commentators have speculated about Boaz’s presence at the threshing floor. It seems unusual that a man as important and wealthy as Boaz would have been guarding his grain through the night from thieves, as some suggest (Morris, p. 285), when a trusted servant would have been expected to perform that duty. Also, to avoid falling asleep, one who planned an all-night vigil would not likely have filled himself with food and drink (and, as a matter of fact, Boaz did fall asleep). Some scholars have interpreted his actions as ceremonial, perhaps as preparation for some cultic festival; but this interpretation finds no support in the rest of the story. Whatever Boaz’s motive may have been for spending the night at the threshing floor, his presence there reveals an unpretentious man, one who enjoyed all aspects of life associated with the land.

4 Naomi further instructed Ruth to “note” (lit., “know”) where Boaz lay down and then to go in, uncover his feet, and lie down. She would then wait for Boaz to tell her what to do. Naomi probably had in mind that Boaz would recognize Ruth’s action as an appeal to marry her as the next of kin. Many scholars point out that the word “feet” is frequently used as an euphemism for the sexual organs and is so used here (cf. Exod 4:25; Judg 3:24; 1 Sam 24:3; Isa 6:2; 7:20; Ezek 16:25). Others caution against rashly accusing Naomi of encouraging Ruth to such an act of boldness and immorality. The verb šāḵaḇ (“lie down”) frequently refers to sexual intercourse, but again that interpretation is not unequivocal here. Staples (“Ruth,” pp. 150, 156–67) interpreted Ruth’s act as an example of sacred prostitution at the high place in Bethlehem, but the extreme cultic interpretation he gives the book has been almost universally rejected as without foundation.

Now lets look at a plan......
Now lets look at a plan......
Naomi knew that Boaz was a kinsman (but not the nearest, as v.12 reveals; cf. a similar word in 2:1) who could satisfy the levirate law of marriage.
Naomi knew that Boaz was a kinsman (but not the nearest, as v.12 reveals; cf. a similar word in 2:1) who could satisfy the levirate law of marriage.
key - She interpreted Boaz’s kindness to Ruth that allowed her to work alongside his maidservants as an indication of a favorable disposition on his part toward Ruth and possibly a willingness to do the kinsman’s part.
Key - She knew that Boaz was going to winnow barley at the threshing floor that same night, and she had devised a plan whereby he might know of Ruth’s willingness to marry him.
Threshing floors were nothing more than level places of smooth rock or pounded earth located on a hill, where the grain could be separated from the chaff by tossing the threshed grain into the wind that rose in the evening from the Mediterranean. The grain, being heavier, fell to the ground as the chaff was blown away.
vs3 Naomi instructed Ruth to beautify herself according to the custom of the times by washing (cf. ) and perfuming herself (“anoint,” NASB).
Then after putting on her “best clothes” she was to “go down” to the threshing floor
Naomi cautioned Ruth not to reveal herself to Boaz till he had finished eating and drinking.
Commentators have speculated about Boaz’s presence at the threshing floor. It seems unusual that a man as important and wealthy as Boaz would have been guarding his grain through the night from thieves, as some suggest (Morris, p. 285), when a trusted servant would have been expected to perform that duty.
Also, to avoid falling asleep, one who planned an all-night vigil would not likely have filled himself with food and drink (and, as a matter of fact, Boaz did fall asleep).
Whatever Boaz’s motive may have been for spending the night at the threshing floor, his presence there reveals an unpretentious man, one who enjoyed all aspects of life associated with the land.
4 Naomi further instructed Ruth to “note” (lit., “know”) where Boaz lay down and then to go in, uncover his feet, and lie down. She would then wait for Boaz to tell her what to do.
Naomi probably had in mind that Boaz would recognize Ruth’s action as an appeal to marry her as the next of kin.

Some commentators suggest that what Ruth did presented an opportunity for immorality. But nothing in the passage supports this. Her mother-in-law had complete confidence in the integrity of the kinsman-redeemer. Boaz could be trusted to act responsibly. And Ruth was recognized by everyone as “a woman of noble character” (v. 11). The uncovering of the feet was a ceremonial act that was completely proper. Probably the scene took place in the dark so that Boaz had the opportunity to reject the proposal without the whole town knowing about it.

Some commentators suggest that what Ruth did presented an opportunity for immorality.
But nothing in the passage supports this. Her mother-in-law had complete confidence in the integrity of the kinsman-redeemer.
Boaz could be trusted to act responsibly. And Ruth was recognized by everyone as “a woman of noble character” (v. 11). The uncovering of the feet was a ceremonial act that was completely proper. Probably the scene took place in the dark so that Boaz had the opportunity to reject the proposal without the whole town knowing about it.
The plan was made to present Ruth and willing able to marry Boaz.
If he was to decline then no one would know and they could go their happy way.
illustration - plan to fund the new building?
Plan for new SS program
The plan was based on God’s Law and the circumstances and they were presented.

II The Obedience

Ruth 3:5 KJV 1900
5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
Ruth agreed to do exactly as her mother-in-law had instructed her (cf. ; ; ). Verse 9 suggests, however, that Ruth did not wait for Boaz to tell her what to do after he awoke, as Naomi had instructed her. Divine providence does not eliminate human activity.
They key here was obedience!
Ruth more than likely did not understand the OT Law completely
She trusted her moth-in-law for her intentions.
She was looking out for her best interest.
What Am I asking you to know?
Are you willing to follow God’s Plan like Ruth did?
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