Monday, October 2, 2017

The Prophecy of Boaz and Ruth Lesson 2

Lesson 2 The Prophecy of Ruth

Introduction: The book of Ruth is one of two books in the Old Testament or Tanakh written about women. The book of Esther is the other one. Many writers have expressed their interpretations of the Biblical importance of these two women; and so I add my interpretation in this prophetic timeline of today. This is my heart and vision for today. I have had a Ruth heart since I was 18 years old, 1971. It is that heart and vision that has led me to my people in Israel. A journey with bitter memories of physical loss, spiritual famine, lost in the land of idols but meeting many Ruths like me along the way searching for God's truth. This lesson may be abrasive to some, thought provoking to others, and a call to repentance to others. I ask that each reader seeks counsel with the Holy God of Israel and His Son, Yeshua. Ask Him to show the truth, as you read the book of Ruth.

1. Who is Ruth?

The story of Ruth starts in a Gentile land, Moab. Elimelech and his wife Naomi have left Bethlehem in Judah because of a great famine in the land. Ruth a Moabitess marries one of Naomi's sons. While in Moab, Elimelech and the two sons, Mahlon and Chilion die. Naomi is left with no one to support her and starts her journey back Bethlehem where her family lives. On the road back to Israel, Naomi tells her two daughter-in-laws to return to Moab. Oprah returns but Ruth makes a vow to Naomi, Ruth 1:16:

"Do not plead with me to abandon you,
To turn back from following you.
For where you go, I will go,.
and where you stay, I will stay
Your people will be my people,
and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.
May ADONAI deal with me, and worse,
                                           If anything but death comes between me and you!"

Because of this vow, Ruth follows Naomi’s advice on how to glean the widow’s portion of grain from Boaz’s field. Naomi and Boaz were kinsmen. Naomi knowing the instructions of Torah, guided Ruth to show respect for the law of harvesting. Boaz takes notice and gives Ruth favor with the gleaners and leaves extra portions for Naomi and Ruth. The harvest ends at Shavuot or Pentecost. Naomi instructs Ruth to approach Boaz at night after the festivities and to lay at Boaz’s feet. Boaz awakes and asks who she is. Ruth tells him who she is and asks him to spread the corner of his garment, that  holds the tzitzit over her. She calls him her redeemer or goel. 
 Boaz knows what to do according to the instructions of the Torah. In the end, he purchases Naomi’s inheritance which includes the rights to redeem Ruth and to give her a son. The son was Obed the father of Jesse who fathered David.

Ruth in Hebrew means friend, neighbor. The root is ra’ah meaning pasture land. Ruth is from the lineage of Lot, Abraham’s nephew. Moab came from a son that Lot had with his daughter. Gen.19:36-38. In Deut. 23:4-7, Moses instructs the children of ADONAI, ‘no Ammonite or Moabite is to enter the land community of ADONAI  forever--because they did not meet you with bread or water on the way when you came out of Egypt and because they hired against you Balaam,.... to curse you.” Ruth is accepted by Naomi and her Jewish family in the land of Moab. They fled to Moab because there was no bread, grain due to drought. This a reversal of the curse found written by Moses. Elimelech’s family found bread and water in Moab. They found a friend, a daughter from a family that was cursed never to be a part of the community of ADONAI. Boaz became her redeemer and Ruth forever is mentioned in the genealogy of Yeshua, Matt. 1:5.

All Bible quotes are from the Messianic Jewish Family Bible.

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