Ruth: Hope in Petition
Passive Asking v. Active Asking
Naomi: Active hope means avoiding a maintenance mentality.
Ruth: Active hope is not safe, but finds its rest in God.
Ruth wanted to make her intentions clear right from the outset. Her goal was a commitment to marriage, not a single night of passion. In the ancient world, such a commitment was symbolized by the gesture of covering someone with the corner of one’s robe, roughly equivalent to the giving of an engagement ring in our culture
Ruth wanted Boaz to marry her and thus to provide a refuge for her and Naomi, just as a kinsman redeemer would. As we noted in chapter 12, a kinsman redeemer was a person who had an obligation to buy his relatives back if they sold themselves into slavery to pay off their debts. Under certain circumstances, the kinsman redeemer would also be obligated to marry his brother’s widow in order to raise up a family for the dead man, a family that would inherit his property. Clearly, there was no legal obligation on Boaz to act in this way.