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 →

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Ruth 4  The Nameless Man Appears in My Own Story

Note the nameless man... ' The man' who relinquishes his responsibility to redeem Elimilech's land and Ruth is nameless.  This is a book full of names.  When I first started in this book I spent so long sitting in the first chapter because the names are so rich with meaning.  As a reader, looking for... 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 →

Ruth 3:3-4 New Garments, New Day

“Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor. But don’t let him know you’re there until the party is well under way and he’s had plenty of food and drink. When you see him slipping off to sleep, watch where he lies down and then go... Continue Reading →

Ruth 2:19 Do I Need Redemption?

I don’t think the word redeem, redeemer and our need for redemption is something that our culture perceives as important or necessary. As Christians, we may sing occasionally about redemption and Jesus being our redeemer but our understanding and value for redemption and it’s relevance minimal. The apostle Paul in many of his letters, takes... Continue Reading →

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