Greetings to the Father, Angels and saints in Christ. In yesterday’s post, we examined the ways in which a woman can bring her husband into acclaim. I am in no way implying that the husbands of these women are deficient in any way. Boaz was revealed to us as a leader and a savvy business man who knew how to get what he wanted. Look at how he carefully led the kinsman to the catch, which was the purchase of the land. Who would turn down the offer of purchasing land? The kinsman did not, because he replied, “I will redeem it”. Boaz then played his ace, by replying to the kinsman:

“what day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance”.

He had to appear to be disinterested and not at all eager, or the kinsman could have bought the land just to keep him away from Ruth. The deterrent was found in the words, “RUTH THE MOABITESS”. Boaz’s best bet was that the kinsman would behave just like Onan in Genesis 38 who despised Tamar and did not want to raise up seed to his dead brother. Onan did not know that God was only testing him and would leave his name in the family tree. Certainly the name of ER does not appear as Pharez’s father. Like Onan, the kinsman also did not know the fine points of scripture, showing that he did not really know the Lord, when he replied, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it”.

He just missed his place in history by scorning the woman of God.

I would like to share one example of how a woman can honor her husband from the lives of a real couple that I know (names withheld for privacy). I know of others as well. In this instance, however, she works in a supervisory position on her job – a very responsible position and is held in high esteem by supervisors and clients because of her integrity. She receives continuous promotions on the job and is scheduled for more in addition to additional training. She is recognized as a very valuable employee. Think of the impact of having such an individual as your wife and mother of your children. I personally hold her in high esteem and know that God has used her to teach me about Proverbs 31: 23.

I would like to reiterate that Ruth brought honor to Boaz by her devoted love for her mother in law (the people said that she loved Naomi better that 7 sons), her deep love for God, virtuous life and by her deep respect, worship/adoration and obedience to Boaz. Ruth honored her husband by first honoring God.

Ruth did not “hap” upon Boaz’s field by accident. God led her there. Her “hap” was the result of divine orchestration.

God needed a Sarah to carry on the legacy to an Abraham in that dispensation. We already showed how she behaved just like Sarah – the mother or holy woman of old. God chose a woman after His own heart and broke His own rule to accomplish His plans and purpose. God is certainly unorthodox, but after all, He is God. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than ours! Who can understand His ways?

Boaz responded to Ruth’s honor by AFFIRMING her to the people. He was surrounded by Jewish beauties who were pedigreed as far as the blood line and purity of the family trees were concerned, yet he had not married anyone until he met Ruth. She connected with his spirit by affirming to him that he was indeed a man of God, a prophet, a man worthy of her devotion, respect and obedience.

Maybe one has to be a man to understand fully how this affirmation calls to the deep, undefined need in the spirit of the male. She fulfilled his desire to move into his destiny as a man of God. He had some secret knowledge about that destiny that was fulfilled when he met Ruth.

Her bowing and falling on her face in response to him were not accidental, but the reaction of a woman who, like Sarah, had met her lord.

This is what Ruth’s spirit was saying that day, that eventful day. I sound like a crazy woman in light of the modern-day context, when no one certainly talks of your husband being your lord.

Yet it is scriptural and for those of us who struggle to understand, Paul himself said in Ephesians 5:32 that this is a “GREAT mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”