Bible Study

Ruth and Boaz

June 1, 2017

The story of Ruth and Boaz resembles so many truths encompassing Jesus and His Church. During a season of famine and hardship, Naomi, her husband Elimelech, and her two sons, took a long trip to Moab and resided there. For a while it seemed as though her family had everything they needed until all of the men in her life died. Naomi was left with two Moabite daughters, but they had not children.  Ruth and Orpah had a choice…They had a choice to remain in the land of their forefathers or take a chance with Naomi in Bethlehem.

So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.”

But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?  Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!”

Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”  But Ruth said:

“Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”

When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.

Ruth 1:10-17

One of the necessities to life…A necessity no one can live without, is food. Therefore, Ruth took the responsibility to take care of her beloved Naomi and herself with a new harvest of barley. That day, the day Ruth went to glean, she gleaned in the field of a wealthy relative of Elimelech, named Boaz.

He was so good to Ruth he invited her to eat at his table, along with his servants. Naomi encouraged Ruth to seek Boaz for lovely union and she followed her directions and went to the place where Boaz was resting, a place called the threshing floor. The threshing floor is a hard level surface on which corn and other grain is threshed with a flail.

“So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.” Ruth 3:6

To make a beautiful, love, story short, Ruth received Boaz as her husband, and not just any kind of husband…He’s a GOOD, wealthy husband. And what looked like devastation and poverty suddenly became a blessing for Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi, and the lineage of King David and the Kingdom of God!

“His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  Matthew 3:12

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