Ruth 4:1-6 Boaz Stands in Ruth’s Place

“Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down. Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so.... Continue Reading →

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Ruth 4 From Empty to Full

The town women said to Naomi, “Blessed be GOD! He didn’t leave you without family to carry on your life. May this baby grow up to be famous in Israel! He’ll make you young again! He’ll take care of you in old age. And this daughter-in-law who has brought him into the world and loves... Continue Reading →

Ruth 4:1 The City Gate

Boaz went to the town gate and took a seat there. Just then the family redeemer he had mentioned came by, so Boaz called out to him, “Come over here and sit down, friend. I want to talk to you.” So they sat down together.” Ruth 4:1 NLT The town gate / the city gate...... Continue Reading →

Ruth 4 Back to Naomi

As I re-read the book of Ruth this morning I was struck by the authors agenda to ignore my desire for romantic detail. We don’t read about the details of the wedding and what type of wedding dress or who was invite. We don't get to see the detail of a first date and what... Continue Reading →

Ruth 4:8 When Doubt Creeps In

I wonder, if years after Ruth married Boaz and had had her son, how often, as the years went by, did she mull over this story with a sense of wonder at how God brings things to pass? There have been several times over the past few days where I have felt seeds of doubt... Continue Reading →

Ruth3:4 ‘Your garment over me’

"May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:12. These are the words of Boaz in first meeting Ruth. In Ruth 3:4, Naomi encouraged Ruth to go to Boaz at night, saying,... Continue Reading →

Ruth 3 When Hope Finds A Way

As I move into the second half of Ruth, although the focus is on the unfolding story of Ruth, my eyes are on Naomi. Back in chapter one our introduction to Naomi is of a woman who is in deep grief, overwhelmed with a sense of emptiness and bitterness and returning to a place she... Continue Reading →

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