Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,…
If you are acquainted with how Christ expresses love towards his church, you will know what a woman ultimately desires and should be able to expect when a man claims to love her. A suitable man will love her in such a way that he will seem unique. A man of God, a man who knows God and the laws of God and not only knows them with his mind but knows them intimately because he obeys them and they have become a part of him, that man will be a man like Christ.
He will be like the man Boaz, who was a type of the coming Savior and Protector. Ruth went to him for protection but it was he who earlier had shown his desire to provide for and protect her. He became her redeemer. All Ruth did was to respond to his kindness. She did not initiate the relationship. She did not throw herself at him. She did not offer to pay his bills or buy him a car. She responded to his kindness. He saw her need and sought to provide for her.
3So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.
4Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!”
“The Lord bless you!” they answered.
5Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?”
6The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”
8So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. 9Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”
10At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?” (New International Version)(http://biblehub.com/niv/ruth/2.htm)
In Ruth chapter 3 Ruth is advised on how to approach Boaz by her mother-in-law and he notices her respect for herself and her good reputation and says in verse 11, “And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character.” Ruth asked for his covering, his protection and care. The hem of the man’s robe symbolizes rank, power, authority and protection when covering another. Of course the problem with symbolism is that those who don’t get the meaning of the symbolism are consistent in placing some superstitious magical power to the thing or the tradition rather than believing in what is being illuminated. Without the person of Christ to which the symbols, traditions, feasts, celebrations, commemorational events, ceremonies, and rituals would mean nothing. Even marriage symbolizes truths found in our relational experience as children of God.
Everything God tells us to practice has significant meaning and the practice of which is either in remembrance of or it points to something later fulfilled by the person of the Christ, the Messiah. Thus there is an importance in the order in which something like a marriage relationship functions. There is an earthly purpose and then there is a greater unseen purpose which is revealed through personal adherence and subsequent experience. Faithful obedience to the word of God takes knowledge from the head to the hands and feet then to the heart where it becomes a part of us. We become one with the word of God as we do with our marriage partner, remembering that these relationships serve a greater purpose than what meets the eye.
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