Welcome back! Greetings to the Father, Angels and saints in Christ. I felt that I should write on couples in the bible and have been holding most of this information for a few weeks. To some extent, this writing may be an examination (however brief) of the progression of married love.

For example, we read of Ruth and Boaz in the book of Ruth. She was a widow, foreigner (from foreign as the Jamaicans would say) and daughter in law to Naomi, a Jew. She left her country to follow her mother in law back to Israel, since they had heard that God had blessed his people financially. Although she was a Moabitess, from a heathen nation, she had a genuine love for her mother in law that seems to imply that she had adopted the God of her husband and mother in law.

This was a critical element in her future, since she became the wife of a rich Jew, a member of the tribe of Judah by marriage and eventually the great-grandmother of David, through whose line the Lord was born. God used Ruth to teach us that those who believe on Him would be delivered from their past, culture, customs and receive a rich inheritance.

Her devotion to her mother in law’s God is stated clearly in Ruth 2: 14 – 16:

 “And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law.

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her”.

Ruth chose righteousness rather than unrighteousness, God rather than Baal, the people of God rather than her idol worshipping kindred. I believe that God saw her faith and counted it unto her for righteousness.

The love story

begins in chapter 2 with the introduction of Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s husband who is described as “a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech”.  His name means “fleetness”  (Strong’s in blueletter bible.com). He was swift to move – did not waste time.

Ruth went out to reap corn in the fields in order to provide food for herself and Naomi, a signal of her industry and innovation.  Maybe she was beautiful, because she caught Boaz’s eye. Did he fall in love at first sight? Is there such a phenomenon? Whether he did or not, he seems to establish possession of her by giving her instructions to stay in his field which she willingly obeyed:

 “Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:

Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him…”

He then prophesied and blessed her

showing that he was not an ordinary man:

“And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.

The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.”

Something in him responded or reacted to her devotion to her mother in law and her love for God, more than anything else. Heathen women do not show unabandoned love for God. Look at the words which he spoke to her when he said,

The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust”.

This was a blessing indeed and released upon her the anointing to prosper. Her response was a shadow of things to come, since “she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground” after the manner of the holy woman Sarah and her mother in law from whom she had learnt obedience. In other words, she worshipped Boaz, recognizing and accepting his authority!

How many women would respond like this in our times? Is this the kind of love a man is looking for?

Her response to Boaz triggered an even greater release of favor towards her as seen in Ruth 2: 14 – 16.

His favor progressed from:

inviting her to reap after the young men

inviting her to drink water

to inviting her to eat food at dinner time

inviting her to sit among his employees

offering her food himself and

commanding the young men to let extra corn fall so she could gather extra.

What a man!  Boaz established himself as her provider, a picture of Jehovah Jireh!

Women, do you know that we need favor from the man you marry? Don’t marry a mean man!

Boaz was a man worthy of the line of Jesus. He was discerning, a visionary, a prophet, generous and a provider.

Hallelujah. I did not have all of this in mind when I wrote my notes, but this is a love that is out of the ordinary, or is it just my imagination? What kind of “love” are we looking for? How do we discern the character and spirit of the person that we should marry?

This comes only by the presence and instruction of the Holy Ghost, because, believe it or not, this is a key and even critical element as we learnt from Boaz. Blessings and more to come!