Boaz dating advice

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In seeking to apply Scripture to our lives, it's obviously hugely important that we correctly consider the genre, context and authorial intent of the book or passage we're reading.As a matter of scriptural interpretation, Ruth's approach of Boaz on the threshing floor (Ruth 3:1-13) is not an example of romantic initiation by a woman toward a man.I have read your article in the Biblical Dating series about men initiating and women responding, and it really disturbed me.You seem to equate godliness and propriety in dating with a pretty narrow idea of how relationships can start.(Not mine) Seen floating around Facebook –if you are the owner of this and you see it, would you please tell me? To all the girls who are in a hurry to have a boyfriend or get married, a piece of Biblical advice: “Ruth patiently waited for her mate Boaz.” While you are waiting on YOUR Boaz, don’t settle for any of his relatives; Broke-az, Po-az, Lyin-az, Cheating-az, Dumb-az, Drunk-az, Cheap-az, Lockedup-az, , Goodfornothing-az, Lazy-az, and especially his third cousin Beatinyo-az.

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Don't Ruth and Boaz blow your theory out of the water, and if not, how should I be thinking about this? Even though I've written on the "Ruth/Boaz" question in a number of contexts, it's still a question that comes up often.

In fact, despite the frequent misinterpretation and misuse of the book, Ruth doesn't really have anything to teach us about who should do what in a potential dating relationship.

Exegetically, the point of the book of Ruth is God's sovereignty and goodness and loving care of His people, even when that care is not immediately visible to those people.

In the context of the book, Boaz is Ruth's kinsmen redeemer.

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It is an Old Testament historical narrative that ultimately points us to God's provision for His people in Christ.

The author is not meaning to teach us how to conduct any particular person-to-person relationship.