It is through boazs generous actions that naom begins

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she had been blessed with home to Naomi. It is through Boaz’s generous actions that Naomi begins to see that Boaz is an agent of grace from God. Naomi invokes a blessing on their benefactor (2:19-20) as she now sees “The gracious hand of God acting through the gracious actions of men.”19In this case, God is imparting grace upon Ruth and Naomi through Boaz. The ending of chapter two is in complete opposition to the ending of chapter one. The first chapter ended on a negative note. Naomi returns to Bethlehem feeling empty, worthless, andhopeless. Chapter two, on the other hand, ends on a positive note. Things were looking bleak, butby the grace of God Ruth met Boaz who loves and cares for her and her mother-in-law. Things 17 Robert L. Hubbard, The Book of Ruth, 127-128.18David J. Atkinson, The Message of Ruth: The Wings of Refuge (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic), 67.19Ibid., 133.
now look promising for Ruth and Naomi as hope has been restored through Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer. Ruth and Boaz’s Romance Begins (3:1-18)Naomi’s Instruction for Ruth (3:1-5)Unlike the first two chapters of Ruth, which are initiated by the author, Naomi initiates chapter three. Chapter three begins with Naomi proposing a plan to Ruth to secure her a safe home and a comfortable lifestyle (3:1). Naomi cares for Ruth as if she is her daughter, and she clearly “Had in mind a new marriage and the attendant security, permanence, and belonging it would provide Ruth.”20Since Boaz is a direct relative to Naomi, the chances of him being open to marrying Ruth is increased. Naomi also recognizes an opportunity for Ruth to propose to Boaz, as he will be winnowing barley (“Throwing the mixture of straw, chaff, and grain up into the wind by means of a fork with large teeth”)21that night on the threshing floor (3:2). With the stage now set, Naomi discloses her complete plan to Ruth. First, Ruth was to look and smell attractive (3:3a). Second, Ruth was to be patient and wait until Boaz was full of food and drink, thus providing Ruth with a favorable situation and putting her in good standing with Boaz (3:3b). Lastly, the peak of Naomi’s plan was for Ruth to lie down at Boaz’s feet, presenting herself as a humble petitioner seeking his protection (3:4).22Ruth complies with her mother-in-law’s plan (3:5), and that plan is put into motion. Ruth’s Bold Proposal (3:6-9)20 Robert L. Hubbard, The Book of Ruth, 149.21 K. Lawson Younger Jr. The NIV Application Commentary: Judges, Ruth, 425.22 Robert L. Hubbard, The Book of Ruth, 152.
This scene begins with Ruth putting Naomi’s plan into motion by doing everything she was commanded to do (3:6). After a hard days labor, a fulfilling meal, and some satisfying wine, Boaz went to sleep at the end of a heap of threshed grain (3:7). It is unknown how much time elapsed between 3:7 and 3:8, but it appears as if Boaz was asleep since, had he been awake, he would have felt Ruth’s uncovering of his feet in the cool of the night.23At some point Boaz did feel the cool of the night, and it awoke him. To his surprise, he found a woman by his feet. After

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