“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 Ruth 4:1-6 Boaz Stands in Ruth’s Place
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 From Empty to Full
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 4:1 The City Gate
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 The Nameless Man Appears in My Own Story
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 Ruth 4:8 When Doubt Creeps In
A couple of years back I saw a look in my daughters face I have seen and sensed many times since. As often happens with me, what I read in Ruith 3:18 helps me see with eyes of faith, a situation that my girl will face often because I have faced it and so will … Continue reading Ruth 3:18 Teaching A ‘Daughter’ to Use Her Sword.
"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 Ruth3:4 ‘Your garment over me’
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 When Hope Finds A Way
“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 3:3-4 New Garments, New Day
The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-REDEEMER. ”” Ruth 2:20 NIV What do I believe about redemption and what does the Bible teach me? It is … Continue reading Ruth 2:20 What is this thing called REDEMPTION ?