“May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel under whose wings you have come to seek refuge. Ruth 2:12 NASB
Under whose wings – Do you realize that Boaz is the one who actually fulfills the blessing of the Lord that he himself pronounces over Ruth? With the same words, Ruth asks Boaz to cover her with his wings, translated in 3:9 as “covering” (NASB). Boaz desires God to provide for Ruth. Ruth recognizes that God will do so through Boaz. Boaz speaks a self-fulfilling prophecy.
While the self-fulfillment of blessings is repeated in the story of Ruth with other characters, there is another connection here that cannot be overlooked. Ruth is the female superior to Abraham. As Trible notes, “Divine promise motivated and sustained his [Abraham’s] leap of faith. Besides, Abraham was a man, with a wife and other possessions to accompany him. Ruth stands alone; she possesses nothing. No God has called her; no deity has promised her blessing; no human being has come to her aid. . . . Consequently, not even Abraham’s leap of faith surpasses this decision of Ruth’s.” Trible observes that the story requires Boaz to provide the interaction with God that Abraham received directly.
The point is important. First, it deliberately connects the story of Ruth with the story of Abraham. We should be on the lookout for other connecting fibers. To miss the parallels is to miss the true depth of the narrative. Secondly, it reminds us that the appeal for the direct intervention of God in our circumstances is near blasphemy. Ruth is the superior model of divine activity hidden in the ordinary events and characters of the human drama. To expect, even demand, that God show Himself before we act is arrogant, presumptuous and perhaps even sinful. God does show Himself – in whatever ways He happens to choose. It is up to us to recognize His handiwork in disguise, and at times even become the instruments by which His work is accomplished.
There could hardly be a more fitting story for Torah guidance. Ruth is the quintessential outsider. Her very existence is an affront to the Torah. She carries the stigma of scandalous beginnings and broken covenants. Her pagan background allows speculation about sexual impropriety. She comes with nothing but a bad reputation. But she demonstrates a faithfulness greater than Abraham. If we do the same, will not the Judge of all the earth judge justly with us? Ruth is our sister, our mother and our priestess. Do we honor her for who she really is?
Topical Index: under whose wings, Abraham, Boaz, Torah, Ruth 2:12, kanaf
 Phyllis Trible, God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality, p. 173.