Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

07 Aug

So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had instructed her. When Boaz had eaten and drunk, and he was in a contented mood, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came stealthily and uncovered his feet, and lay down. (Ruth 3:6-7, NRSV)

Ruth came stealthily and uncovered his feet and laid down…

Why stealthily?

Why did she uncover his feet?

She was stealthy probably so no one would hear her in the threshing floor. She was not married to Boaz and this was not the behavior most people expected of a lady.

And she uncovered his feet…

Feet here are not feet. This is a euphemism for genitalia. She uncovered his lower leg region and laid down with him.

She had gotten her self all cleaned up and snuck into the threshing floor to uncover Boaz and lay with him…

How will this work out for good?

Sometimes we read things we don’t really know what they mean, and after we do we wonder how they pertain to our faith. But God works in and through all circumstances, to have His will done. God knows that Boaz is an honorable man and will work in and through all the things that happen in this world.



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