When we left our study last time Ruth was waiting with Naomi for Boaz to resolve the situation of Ruth needing a husband. Of course we know that Naomi and Ruth would both like to see Boaz as Ruth’s husband, but Boaz has brought up the fact of a kinsmen who has a higher claim … [Read more…]
And now comes the waiting. Ruth has obeyed Naomi’s instructions. She met with Boaz. He has agreed to marry her, but there is someone who has a higher claim. So now Ruth has to wait – will this one with the higher claim give it up?
Last week we saw that Naomi had a plan for getting a husband for Ruth. We also saw Ruth trusting Naomi and agreeing to her plan. Now it all begins to happen. Ruth 3:6-13 6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her. 7 And … [Read more…]
We’re halfway through the book of Ruth. Life is looking better for the two widows. It is likely they have enough food to last until the next harvest thanks to the generosity of Boaz and hard work of Ruth, but that’s it. Life is more than just food although it is a very important part … [Read more…]
Life is now settling into a pleasant routine for Naomi and Ruth. Boaz tells Ruth to glean only in his fields and Naomi seconds this plan. Ruth 2:17-23 – 17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she … [Read more…]
Ruth continues to move up from poverty-stricken foreigner to someone with enough food to share. Ruth 2:14-16 14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, … [Read more…]
The verses we are going to look at today in Ruth are some of my favourites in the book. They show the seeds of a new love being planted. We learn more of the character of Boaz and Ruth. Being attracted to someone’s character is so much more important than looks. Looks can and will … [Read more…]