Re:Verse reading–Ruth 2:1-12, 17-23; 4:1-14 (day three)
May your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.
What happened after Ruth’s encounter with Boaz at the threshing floor? Eyebrows went up all over Bethlehem, that’s what. Yes, Ruth and Boaz took steps to keep it quiet, but it ended up in the Bible anyway. News like that tends to get out. That’s not to say a sexual indiscretion occurred; it is to say that unless Ruth were to become the mother of a rich man’s baby, the sinkhole of abject poverty in which she and her mother lived would swallow them whole. Whatever the original plans with the inebriated Boaz, Ruth ended up in the crucial moment just being straight up with him rather than trapping him in scandal: “Make me your wife.” She took the risks, and her strength won the day. The town took note. Our Savior’s lineage owes as much to scandalized or sexually exploited women—Rahab, Tamar, Ruth, Mary, each of whom spoke with courageous voices—as it does to the men who make up that same family tree. God raises up women whom this world has attempted to silence.