This week in honor of Andy Griffith's passing I watched an episode from the first season called "The New Doctor." A handsome young doctor moves to Mayberry and is spending a lot of time filling prescriptions at the drug store with Andy's girl.
A mistaken Barney convinces Andy that the new doctor has proposed to Ellie. Flustered Andy storms into the drug store and makes a bumbling proposal.
"Ellie Walker we got to have us a talk and we got to have it right now too. Now I been knowin' you ever since you come to Mayberry... And since then we been goin' to picnics together and socials together and preaching together and pretty near everywhere together and people got used to seeing us together right? ... Well, missy, when two people have an understandin', they stick together for keeps."
In chapter three of Ruth we come to an awkward marriage proposal. Boaz a wealth landowner met Ruth the poor migrant worker gleaning for scraps in his field. He blesses her, prays for her, feeds her, gives her a great job, and a generous gift for the mother-in-law. He seems like perfect husband material.
But after seven weeks, the barley harvest has come to a close. The clock is ticking. And nothing has happened.
So Naomi decides "It's time to play matchmaker." And she counsels Ruth to make what looks like a very risky, dangerous proposal at best-- maybe even an indecent proposal