The Book of Ruth

Day Seventeen – The truth about God

We end our series of readings through the book of Ruth with another extract of Hannah’s song, which has book ended our meditations.   Hannah’s story of childlessness, heartbroken prayer, and God’s answer in the birth of Samuel, results in this incredible song of praise. Hannah takes her experiences of life and God and turns them into statements about God that hold true for all times and all …

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Day Fourteen – Redemption

Two Old Testament legal practices, both instituted for the protection of people, are referenced here. The first is the requirement of a kinsman-redeemer to buy land that a member of the family sells in time of need (Leviticus 25). The second is the requirement that if a man died without having children, his brother should marry his widow and …

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Day Thirteen – Waiting

Naomi is anxious to know how things went. Ruth reports what Boaz has done and also his generosity in sending her back with a shawl full of barley. His words, “Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed” are significant. For on Naomi’s return to Bethlehem, she accused God, saying, “I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty” …

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Day Twelve – Loving Kindness

Was there any doubt in our minds that Boaz would say, “yes”? Once again this righteous man speaks words of blessing from God over Ruth. Boaz highlights Ruth’s “kindness” in proposing marriage. It is a word that has been uses throughout Ruth. Naomi tries to send her daughters away, with the words, “May the LORD show kindness to you, as you …

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Day Ten – Finding rest

The motivation for all that happens next is found in Ruth 3:1, when Naomi says, “My daughter, should I not try and find a home for you, where you will be provided for?”.    The Hebrew word used here for “home” means “resting place”. It occurred earlier in the story, back in Moab, when Naomi blesses her …

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Day Eight – A bigger purpose

The abundance with which Ruth arrives home leads to lots of questions from Naomi. The huge provision leads Naomi to speak a blessing over, “the man who took notice of you”. When Naomi hears that it is Boaz’s field, she cries out again, “The Lord bless him!”. Boaz, whose first words in the book are a benediction, and who has spoken blessing over …

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