Strategic Righteousness – John Piper
July 15, 1984
righteousness – desire to do what’s right
strategic – intentional, active, not passive
Who plans? Those who hope.
If we do not hope, we will not plan, for there is nothing to look forward to.
When a godly woman comes to you
How did Boaz see and perceive Ruth’s actions? She came to him in the middle of the night, and behaves in a seemingly suggestive manner. She asks him to cover her with his cloak,
Ezekiel 16:8 – “When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, and you became mine.”
Boaz knows that Ruth is a woman of worth, a woman who isn’t loose with her body. He knows that she’s not just coming with a desire for sex, but a proposal for a covenant. The phrasing she uses here mirrors that which Boaz uses when he first addresses her.
Here we have Ruth and Naomi seemingly plotting to seduce this man, yet this is not what plays out. Ruth could’ve come on to Boaz and immediately tried to seduce him, yet here she reveals her true purpose – to establish a real covenant of marriage.
Boaz suggests from the start that he wants to take Ruth under his wing, and Ruth responds in an equally subtle manner.
Who knew, there could’ve been veiled signals in the Bible.
Yet, because the two of them were righteous, there was no conflict. There was no mistrust, no grey in between. There was merely love, and the working out of it in righteousness.
Righteousness in temptation
Boaz had Ruth beneath his sheets, and stopped it for the sake of righteousness.
What a man to model.