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Oasis of Respect

Objective:

To help us understand the relational principles of respect and how it should be demonstrated.

Scripture Basis:

Book of Ruth: Phil 4:19,Prov 19:20-21,1 Tim 5:4-6, Phil 2:3-4

Cast:

  • Boaz - Male
  • Ruth - Female 
  •  Interview Host: as desired

Costumes:

  • Boaz is dressed well as a wealthy young man.
  • Ruth is dressed simply.

Style:

  • Host has demeanor of a Counselor

Props:

  • Lot has an large overcoat 
Dialogue:

 Host: Tonight we are going to have to use the time machine to do a little match making. You see tonight one of King Davidís ancestors is about to foul up a relationship and we can't let that happen. You see, wedged between the relational fiasco's of Samsonís in Judges and the constant fighting between Saul and David in 1st Samuel, we find an oasis. It is not one of water in the desert but one of exceptional interpersonal principles displayed in the story of Ruth.  The book describes the marriage of a young woman from Moad  named Ruth and a Jewish landowner named Boaz. The  marriage itself is touched on only as a matter of fact for it is the courtship and the background of the major characters that are the focus of the story.  That said, lets go meet these folks . Let me open the Bible to the Book of Ruth and turn on the time machine

Scene 1:

(Ruth needs help knowing what to do when Naomi decides to return to Israel)

 

Ruth: (On first entry) Hey where am I.  I just opened the door to my room and instead Ö Where is this place. Who are you people?

Host: Hello Ruth, don't be afraid. Welcome to Wed Night Live. It's the year _____ and we've brought you into the future for a few minutes to get to know you better. Why don't you come over hear and sit dowm.

Ruth: You look funny what kind of person are you?

Host: I'm Host. I'm a counselor and I help people work through problems in relationships.

Ruth: Oh, well that's interesting, maybe you could help me with a problem I've been having.

Host: Well sure what's up.

Ruth: Well, you see my husband was killed a few years ago and I have been living with my mother in-in law. I have been helping to care for her since her husband was also killed. Recently she has decided to return to Isreal. You see  she's Jewish and she wants to go home to her relatives. I am from Moab and I am really torn by her decision.

Host: Really?

Ruth: Well,if I stay in Moab, I could get me another man .  I really would like to do that so I could have a family again. But Namoi is old and she needs me. If I go with her   then I will have to leave my country and my friends and just forget about any hope of marrying again. You see Jewish men would never marry one of us Moabite women. What should I do?  (express with energy ..)

Host: Well lets see, what does the audience think? .. (listen to repsonses).

I think you need to consider one of Gods principles of relationships and that is God wants us to be loyal to and and caring of our elder family members. (Read 1 Tim 5:4-6) . One of Gods principles in relationships is to do the right thing and let God provide you needs.

Ruth: Hmmm , I see, so I should go with Naomi and trust God to provide a husband for me. Well that seems like a lot but I'll try it. Thanks. Well I'd better get back. Namomi will be looking for me. I need to let her know of my decision.

Host: Ok, Lets send you back through our time machine. Come over here and walk through this door. Oh and if you have any more questions just snap your fingers three times and well bring you back again.

Ruth: Thanks .(leaves through time machine) 

Host: (adressing audience) Well, that was nice to meet Ruth Ö

 

(Time machine flashes Ė Boaz comes out)

  

Scene 2:

(Boaz needs help to know what to do when he finds a pretty foreign

girl gleening in his field)

 

Host: Uh.oh. It looks like the time machine is activing again

Boaz: Hey where am I.  I just turned around  and Ö Where is this place. Who are you people?

Host : Hello, don't be afraid. Welcome to Wed Night Live. It's the year ____ and we've brought you into the future for a few minutes to get to know you better. Why don't you come over hear and sit dowm. Now whats your name

Boaz: Its Boaz, say .. You look funny what kind of person are you?

Host: I'm Host. I'm a counselor and I help people work through problems in relationships.

Ruth: Oh, well that's interesting, maybe you could give me some advice on how to handle a touchy problem that I just came across.

Host: Well sure what's up.

Boaz: Well see I just was out surveying my fields and I noticed this young woman who I donít know following the harvesters picking up left over barley from the field. Sheís dressed like a foreigner, probably a Moabite I suspect. Anyway, she doesnít belong here in my fields and Iím going to have to kick her out, but Iím feeling kind of bad about it since she looks a little thin and hungry and to make matters worse she is kind of cute. But I canít have some foreigner gleening in my fields so how should handle it?

Host .. Hmmmm. Well lets see, what does the audience think? .. (listen to repsonses). You know Boaz, I think you need to consider one of Gods principles of relationships and that is that God wants us to look on others as better than ourselves. (Read Phil 2:3-4). It sounds to me like you are stereotyping this woman as unworthy to be in your fields just because she is from a different town. Instead why donít you go check her out. Then when you know who she is you can make a decision on what to do.

Boaz: Hmmm. Ok Iíll ask around. Maybe someone knows who she is. Thanks. Well Iíd better be getting back now.

Host: Ok, Lets send you back through our time machine. Come over here and walk through this door. Oh and if you have any more questions just snap your fingers three times and well bring you back again.

Boaz: Thanks .(leaves through time machine)

Host: (adressing audience) Well, that was nice to meet Boaz he seems like a nice guy .. I wonder if  ÖÖ

 

(Time machine flashes Ė Boaz comes out)

 

Scene 3:

(Boaz has learned about Ruth and needs help to know what to do next?)

Host: Uh.oh. It looks like the time machine is activing again. I guess we didnít have to wait long  (Boaz Emerges) Oh its you again, I thought we just sent you back?

Boaz: Noí its been a week since I was here, (looks confused) .. anyway I need some more advice.

Host: Ok, well come on over and sit down.

Boaz: Well I did like you said and I checked this woman out and you wonít believe what I learned. This woman is not really a foreigner. She is Namoi, one of our family widows,  daughter in law.  That makes her kind of family to me although somwhat distant family.  She is actually taking car of Namoi and has a good reputation of being loyal and faithful to her.

Host: Well good thing you checked. What did you do when you found out.

Boaz: (getting excited) Well, I let her keep gleaning but now I need some more advice. I also learned that sheís a widow and since Iím single, and sheís very attractive, how should I approach her. Should I ask her out, should I Ö.

Host: Boaz, Boaz, calm dowm. I think we need to consider another principle of good relationships here. But first maybe our audience has some advice. (listen to reponses)

Well hereís my suggestion. I thinhk you should ask her out but first I want you to do two other  things, first since sheís new in town and has no job she may be feeling very insecure do something to protect her dignity, give  her some  respect.

Boaz: Well I could her a position with my other servants.

Host: Good, then secondly be of  assistance to her. Remember she is working hard to take care of an elderly woman. Make her work fruitful.

Boaz: Well I could tell the harvesters to leave some grain behind on purpose that would make her work easier.

Host: Great .. now your getting the hang of it. Now after youíve done these things then you should give her some personal attention.

Boaz: Great .. then Iíll take her to dinner and Ö. (Boaz is lost in thought for a second) .  .. can you send me back now.

Host: Ok, Ok Mr lover boy .. hold your horses, youíve got plenty of time .. come on weíll  send you back through our time machine.

(Boaz Returns)

Host: (addressing audience) Well do you think heís getting it?

 

(Time Machine Flashes and Ruth Emerges)

 

Scene 4:

(Ruth needs help on how to respond to Boaz's clearly interested

behavior, Naom's way is weird?)

 

Ruth: (addressing Host) Hey it worked. I just snaped my fingers and Iím back here at Wed Night live. Say I really need your advice.

Host: Ok, well come on over and sit down. Whatís up now.

Ruth: Well just like you said, I went with Naomi back to her land and when I was gleaning in a field there this man, heís soo cute, named Boaz, well heís the land owner, and well , he .. he

Host: Ruth calm down.. just tell the story from the beginning.

Ruth: Ok .. Well, I have never met a man like this. He actually treated me with respect even though I am a foreigner to him. He also took enough interest in my situation to learn about me. Then he gave me a special position among  his workers and even told the harvesters to leave more gain to make my work easier.

Host: Wow .. thatís great.

Ruth: Yes and he even invited me over for dinner once, He is soooo romantic.

Host: So whats the problem?

Ruth: Well itís about Naomi. See sheís telling me that if I want to let Boaz know Iím interested, I have do this really weird thing. Iím sure it wonít work and will probably just get me a bad reputation.

Host: What did she tell you to do?

Ruth: She told me to go to the threshing floor tonight where the men are sleeping (see when the harvest is going on the men all sleep there at night) .. anyway and she said that  when Boaz is asleep, I should lay down at his feet and cover them with the corner of my dress. I donít get this. I think I should just send him a card.

Host: Hmmm. Well what does the audience think? (listen to responses)

Well Ruth, I have another Biblical principle for you to apply. (Read Prov 19:20-21) Remember, you are in Namoiís culture. She knows much better than you how to approach things in the Jewish culture. Listen to her and trust that she knows best in this matter. God tells us that when we listen to the advice of our parents w/repect to relationships that we will gain wisdom and things will go well.

Ruth: Wll Ok .. but it does sond kinda weird. .. but Iíll try it. Thanks

Host: come on weíll  send you back through our time machine. I think youíre gonna like what happens next. 

(Sends Ruth back)

Host: . (addressing audience) .. Well  I just donít know. Itís a wonder that anybody back then had a good realtionship?

(Time Machine Flashes and Boaz Emerges)

Scene 5:

(Boaz needs help when he finds Ruth at his feet at the threshing floor) 

Boaz: Man Iím glad this finger snapping thing works so quickly. Dr Walkerman you wonít believe whats happening.

Host: whats happening?

Boaz: (sitting down) .. Sheís sleeping at my feet  and sheís even used the old custom of covering my feet to let me know sheí likes me and would be interested in marriage. Wow! Ö Iím so exited that I canít  even think. What should I do.

Host:  What do you think you should do?

Boaz: Well I think I would like to jump up and yell hurray or something but I think that might be a bad plan.

Host:  Whyís that?

Boaz: Well that would wake up all the others and then Ií have to tell them whatís happening and you see, Iím not Namomiís closer relative. As soon as they know Ruth wants to marry again, in our culture Naomis closest relative has first dibs on her. So I think I need to keep this secret.

Host:  Well it sound like you need another Biblical principle of realtionships here. Does anyone in the audience know what it might be? (listen for responses).

Hmm . Well first I do agree that you should not wake everybody up. When you go back, quitely acknowledge her message and then send Ruth away to protect her dignity. But after having done that you need to be honest. Go to the one who is closer related to Namomi and in public offer the privilege of marrying Ruth to him.

Boaz: But Dr Walkerman, I want to marry her. I canít offer her to another.

Host: : We have a song we sing today. Its called Trust and Obey for thereís no other way. Do you trust God with your life Boaz?

Boaz: Well yes I do.

Host: Then if God desires Ruth to be your wife, your honesty in the situation will not prevent it, but if God desires otherwise, its better for you not to marry her. Do you agree?

Boaz: Well when you put it that way.. yes I guess so.

Host: Then go and hold up the rights of others before your own and let God handle the rest.

Boaz: Ok .. your right .. Thanks Dr Walkerman, youíve been a lot of help. I hope to see you again.

Host: come on weíll  send you back through our time machine. I think youíre gonna like what happens next. 

(Send Boaz Back)

Closing Message:  

   In the final paragraphs of Ruth we find the Lord blessing the  lives  of  Boaz, Ruth and Naomi. Ruth is said to have been better than 7 sons, Naomi is said to have been renewed and sustained and Boaz became famous and had a son who was counted in the lineage of Christ. Not bad for people who simply treated others as more valuable than themselves.

Ask the following questions

  • How do you look at others?
  • Do you only value those you like or those that like you?
  • Or have you learned to resent others as competition in some way ?

Our society teaches us to compete with others for just about everything and this is one reason why we have trouble valuing others. If you are like me and have trouble with this. Consider Phil 4:19 Ö If it is truly our Lord that meets our needs, why not value others instead of resenting them for competing against us. From such a view you can only gain.

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