Sunday, May 25, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Joy exploded as shouts of mazel tov came to Boaz. Wasting no time, he mounted his steed and rushed from the city gate to Naomi’s home. Today he would purchase her field and redeem his beautiful bride.
“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife…”
But what was Ruth’s redemption price?
Leviticus 27:4 reveals the price of a female is thirty shekels. In Exodus 21:32, thirty shekels will also purchase a gored slave. Since ancient Israel’s shekel was a silver coin, is it possible Boaz paid thirty pieces of silver to redeem Ruth?
Again, there’s a hint of symbolism: Boaz spiritually representing our Lord and Ruth, the Church.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The morning sun was mid-sky when Boaz acquired the sandal from the nearer kinsman. In this crowded, open-air courtroom, Boaz held the sandal high and shouted, "You are witnesses to this transaction. I have bought all that was Elimelech's and his sons. In addition, Mahlon’s widow, Ruth, will become my wife and I will raise a son for Mahlon, so neither his inheritance is lost nor his position at the city gate.”
“...All the people…said, ‘We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.’”
What an amazing and grand blessing. This very wealthy, prominent Israelite would marry a Moabite, and they were excited about it.
Nevertheless, what did their blessing mean, especially since they referred to Rachel and Leah building the house of Israel?
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