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 →

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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 →

Ruth 2:14-16 Such Grace, such Kindness

Ruth the foreigner, still dressed in her grieving widow gowns, is invited to come, not to a distant table in the back corner but invited to come to the table with the people who already belong..inviting her to belong.  She doesn't get crumbs but is offered the roasted grain and wine - no mean portion... Continue Reading →

Ruth 2:15-23 He Took Notice of You

I remember watching a documentary recently and in it a foreigner was visiting Africa and was attempting to carry something on her head without dropping it. The kids and young women were laughing at her pitiful attempt. She struggled to balance a plate on her head, let alone pales of water, firewood and crops from... Continue Reading →

Ruth 2:5-7 The Conversation

Boaz asked his young servant who was foreman over the farm hands, “Who is this young woman? Where did she come from?” The foreman said, “Why, that’s the Moabite girl, the one who came with Naomi from the country of Moab. She asked permission. ‘Let me glean,’ she said, ‘and gather among the sheaves following... Continue Reading →

Ruth 2:4 A Man named Boaz

In Ruth Chapter 2, we have already been told to look out for Boaz so when Ruth 'just happens' to be in the right field we feel the author is winking at us. She is looking for a field where she will find kindness and favour from the harvesters and little does she know that... Continue Reading →

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