Going Deeper into Ruth Chapter 4
I mentioned most of the following on Episode #152, however I thought it might be nice to have this in print for you to be able to read and reference.
In verses 11 & 12 of Chapter 4, the crowd pronounced blessings on Ruth and Boaz that had to do with fertility and referred back to Genesis 29-30 and Genesis 38. You might like to read why the blessings had to do with Rachel and Leah, and Tamar.
Between the verses of 12 and 13, the wedding ceremony would have taken place, but was not mentioned. We may forget that time and life passes quickly from one verse to the next without much detail. So let’s dig a little deeper.
Boaz, as God had declared, had found a virtuous woman. This brings a picture of full restoration to the land and the family. The Hebrews are married under what’s called a Huppa, which is like the covering on the threshing floor. The Huppa signified the covering of God on the couple. A picture of the covenant between God and the married couple. Culturally, the Huppa was a promise from God that if they go His way in life He would cover them. Under the Huppa, God’s covering, Boaz made it possible once more for Ruth and Naomi to live on their land.
As you have read through your Bible, what is it that God promises to do for Israel? Yes, to bring them back to their land as a Nation which is in the process of happening. There is another Covenant promise that God made to the Hebrews, and the Millennial Kingdom will be the fulfillment of this promise.
What kind of promise does God make to the Church in the verses below?
There were other obstacles. Deuteronomy 23:2-3, God’s own words tell us that if there be a child with a Jewish Father, and a heathen mother, that for ten generations they are not to enter the congregation of the Lord. An Ammonite or a Moabite was not to enter into the congregation for ten generations. Why? I was just reading this in my personal study time recently. Deuteronomy 23:4 tells us because the Ammorites and Moabites did not meet Israel with bread and water when they came out of Egypt and because they hired Balaam, the one who spoke with donkeys, to curse Israel. However once more, God’s mercy shines through.
All things work together for our good and His glory!
May we as the Church all be serving worshippers of the Lord most High, as we are grafted into Israel, provoking each other to good works, comforting each other with the Hope of our parallel futures of the wife of God, and the Bride of Christ.
Our next stop on our Journey through the Word of God will be revealed on next week’s Episode of Moments with Moni. God bless you as you dig deeper into His Word and come to know Him more intimately.
Guard your heart with all dilliegence, for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
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