Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17
Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shouldn’t I seek security for you, so that things might go well for you? Now isn’t Boaz, whose young women you were with, our relative? Tonight he will be winnowing barley at the threshing floor. You should bathe, put on some perfume, wear nice clothes, and then go down to the threshing floor. Don’t make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, notice the place where he is lying. Then go, uncover his feet, and lie down. And he will tell you what to do.”
So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife.
He was intimate with her, the Lord let her become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi, “May the Lord be blessed, who today hasn’t left you without a redeemer. May his name be proclaimed in Israel. He will restore your life and sustain you in your old age. Your daughter-in-law who loves you has given birth to him. She’s better for you than seven sons.” Naomi took the child and held him to her breast, and she became his guardian. The neighborhood women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They called his name Obed. He became Jesse’s father and David’s grandfather.
I love the book of Ruth for multiple reasons:
All cultures have innuendos regarding sexual relation. Here are a few from American culture:
"Would you like to come in for coffee?"
"She's been deflowered."
"He's been around the block."
The Israelites had innuendos as well. To "uncover his feet" is a sexual innuendo. Naomi was telling Ruth to make herself pretty so she could get in bed and sleep with Boaz. When I first learned the truth about Ruth and Boaz it felt like my grandma just told me something lewd about her childhood. At first it made me think: Yeah, it happened but I didn't really need to know it happened. After I got over the shock I had a second thought: Hey, this thing is real.
I cling to the earthly in the bible because the earthly brings it home. These are not perfect people acting out in perfect ways. These are real people making real choices. These are people like us. Ruth and I are daughters of Eve. We were created by divine hands but feel drawn to the chaos. We are all sons and daughters of God's created order. We all struggle with our need to go towards the chaos while pushing towards God. I ultimately have comfort in these little biblical snip-its because they breath life into the bible. It lets me know I am not struggling in vain. God's plan can come to pass even with the waves of chaos upon us.
I love the book of Ruth because it is saucy. I love that it is saucy because saucy is real and we can relate to it.