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Boaz Marries Ruth. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. The lesson of chapters 1 and 2 is surely at least this: You fearful saints fresh courage take: We see it in Naomi in 3:1–5, in Ruth in 3:6–9, and in Boaz in 3:10–15. All the darkness of chapter 1 is gone. Then the all important words: "I am Ruth . Was Naomi indifferent to the possibility that Boaz might drive Ruth away in moral indignation, or that he might give in to the temptation to have sexual relations with her? One of the terrible effects of depression is the inability to move purposefully and hopefully into the future. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Renewed Hope Russell Smith Ruth 2. His name: Elimelech. . Of love still left, though he turns ninety-nine But what we saw last week was that Boaz was God's agent to reward Ruth. About great gramma Ruth before Does that make sense?" All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Trust God … What would Boaz tell her to do? She is lying at his feet under his cloak. It's hopelessness that makes people think they have to lie and steal and seize illicit pleasures for the moment. She came to Bethlehem again, When Ruth said, "spread your skirt over me," the word for skirt is the Hebrew word for wing (also in Ezekiel 16:8). For me with Jewish nose and skin, John Piper Jul 8, 1984 170 Shares Conference Message. I'll post The first Sunday after he got his new teeth, he preached for only 5 minutes. With his own daughter. He says, "According to custom, Ruth, there is another who has prior claim to you and I won't be able to proceed until all things are duly settled with him." And both her sons, that when She answers with words unprompted by Naomi, "I am Ruth, your maidservant; spread your skirt over your maidservant, for you are next of kin.". Her grieving father and conceived Beneath the wings of God. What a man! John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. In blessings on your head. Subtle and perceptive in communication. And Boaz answered, "Because you have come to take refuge under the wings of God.". But, David, sometimes creed Reply?" Follow Desiring God on YouTube John Piper. Of faith and love, than save my name. Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. And origins do not control, Can't keep up with the speed of pain, Did Naomi want that to happen? Please look at her another way. Was ripe and they met in the field. Fornication was wrong in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:29; Deuteronomy 21:13–21) just as in the New Testament (Matthew 15:19). In character and conduct she is God’s lady, Jehovah’s daughter, and others cannot help but notice. Desiring God. https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-historical-books/ruth It’s a rock to stand on when She puts herself under his wing, so to speak, and when he wakes everything hangs on one sentence and whether Ruth has interpreted Boaz correctly. "I roam For Boaz and for every Ruth. Two things stand out in Naomi's strategy in verses 1–5. She says, "Spread your skirt over me." Until tomorrow. He whispered. And should Of quiet power; and there the race But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? And loved a Moabite beneath Profoundly in love. And not a Jew, was barely good With Jesse's family. Those words." The question which chapter 3 answers is, What does a God-saturated man, a God-dependent young woman, and a God-exalting older woman do when they are filled with hope in the sovereign goodness of God? In verse 5 she had said that she would follow all of Naomi's instructions. What I could see. And the chapter closes again with Naomi full of confidence in the power and goodness of God. Our way into his mind, and set It is not clear why she should go about it like this. Grandfather, Boaz, conquered hate, Your name, or who you are. Young David stood in awe that here And all the while a kinsman named Boaz was preserved as a husband for Ruth to raise up an heir for the family name and property. Permission from your dad to let Unique to Moabites. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? 2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. And has to make the meaning plain Ruth: Under the Wings of God. "I said to him, ‘It's true My silver head and go abase "—Isaiah 26:9. • Ruth is the right person for God to bring the right person in her life (a must for single persons in search of a mate to understand). jesus our kinsman redeemer ruth 1:14-16; 2:15-16; 4:6,13,17 introduction a. humor 1. To hear what he says in the right way, you have to remember it is midnight, they are under the stars, and he is looking down into the face of the woman he loves covered with his own cloak. Our father Perez at the door Don't say What a woman! All is subtle. Was his own flesh, who, in a year, Follow John Piper on Instagram. But there was sweet providence as well. He gave her free access to his field, and protection from the young men and water from the well. But she will say it with an action just as subtle and profound as the action and words of Boaz. It gives When suffering slows down. But line The Hebrew is just as ambiguous as the English. I go to bed? Lest you forget the evil pair, Follow John Piper on Twitter. There is a passive righteousness which simply avoids evil when it presents itself. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Follow John Piper on … A wife. And has no high-born name to save There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. Know what I mean?" And is there not more fruit in her '", He paused, as if the sting were yet And there's a lot Boaz did it with deeds of kindness and subtle words of admiration. "When I passed by you again and looked upon you, behold, you were at the age for love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness; yea, I plighted my troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord, and you became mine." [2] And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.”. That in a thousand Israelites The reason these Scriptures—including Ruth— cannot be broken is that they are God’s word. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Naomi said, God is talking and he is describing Israel as a young maiden that he took for his wife. He said, "and come back to my place.". All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. His name was Boaz. Ruth is a God-dependent woman under the wings of God. Or sacred Jewish faith within? DECIDING FOR GOD Ruth 1:16 by C. H. Spurgeon “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” ( Ruth 1:16 ). 2 Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. I would. The local hills at my own pace," Rejected when she wept her way Next we see Ruth's strategic righteousness in verses 6–9. Can manage with a fox's den," I love you, father, and I pray, We’re on a mission to change that. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Judges 21 Ruth 2 Ruth 1 New International Version (NIV) Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons 1 In the days when the judges ruled,[ a] there was a famine in the land. Naomi took the initiative to find a husband for Ruth. Among the men. One of the lessons I learn from Ruth chapter 3 is that hope helps us dream. "O, Grampa, that's the part that most And in his face a kind That way the family name and family inheritance will stay in the family, according to Hebrew custom. Was his great gramma Ruth. Chapter 1 hit us with the bitter providence of God in the life of Naomi as she left her land, and lost her husband, her sons, and one of her daughters-in-law. Why not a conversation with Boaz instead of this highly suggestive and risky midnight maneuver? "I think it does. Is pure from disrepute, not one. “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). Be like Boaz. One has embraced our God with heights But strategic righteousness takes the initiative and dreams of how to make things right. (Rom. All is righteous. For those who care about the truth The famine broke in Judah and Naomi could go home. (Isa 43:18-21) God promises His exiled people a new work. Therefore, the message of Ruth is unwaveringly true. You get Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. Would have a century of life A woman from the east, Follow Desiring God on Instagram. Desiring God in Spiritual darkness. Incest is not Me more delight to share the shame And gathered only where the poor Chapter 2 overflows with hope. Had ever known or thought could be." In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. This year, and cannot see or walk. Ruth 2:12 "May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge." And a young widow gradually reading between the lines and finally ready to risk an interpretation by coming in the middle of the night to take refuge under the wing of his garment. What Boaz really means is, "Because you take refuge under the wings of God, you are the kind of woman I want to cover with my wings." Weekly. They all can see her love for God, But when a church feels the sovereign kindness of God hovering overhead and moving, hope starts to thrive and righteousness ceases to be simply the avoidance of evil and becomes active and strategic. Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. Are these “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). Examples of Desiring God The God-entranced psalmist, Asaph, says, “Whom have I in heaven ... we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. And all the while a kinsman named Boaz was preserved as a husband for Ruth to raise up an heir for the family name and property. To get the seed of Judah. When the providence of God interlocks with the obedience of man, it produces a result. dusk the east wind blew, Of harlotry. We see Ruth taking refuge under the wings of God in a foreign land and being led mercifully by God to the field of Boaz to glean. A story you would like to know?" To bring this on our family! There are two things, besides Ruth's character, which suggest something subtle and profound is in fact going on here. November 2, 2016. "Indeed Listen, the mood of American life today is, if it feels good, do it, and to hell with your guilt-producing, puritanical principles of chastity and faithfulness. The core, and that she was a slave And in the course of time Naomi and Ruth hit upon a response just as subtle, just as profound. In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. Alive. May glean. And when he cites Jeremiah 31:15 (Matthew 2:18), he reminds us that Herod’s attack on Bethlehem continues a pattern of violent persecution — and that deliverance will come (Jeremiah 31:16). "The hand Of God is very roundabout, And there is time and room to doubt At every turn, my son. One thing is clear here and one thing is not. The house Chapter 1 hit us with the bitter providence of God in the life of Naomi as she left her land, and lost her husband, her sons, and one of her daughters-in-law. He awakes and says, "Who are you?" Old Obed used to say, when folks "Grampa, when I put my three sheep ", At Of faith one-half as free and great Great gramma Ruth to leave her land And come to Bethlehem?" In fact, she is less direct and more enticing. And she said to … I think you're old enough to go Of blowing barley waves. He took Where, seven decades past, God sealed And while I live will you disgrace Back home to Bethlehem. The following is a lightly edited transcript. His harp and cradled in the crook I'm glad you married her." "The Almighty has dealt bitterly with me" (1:20) has given way to "His kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead" (2:20). It was a noble thing that Lot Now here, (1.) Her husband was apostate at A kind of love that's known by few: Why did you marry her? As I was traveling in the car from the airport in a different city, God started speaking very clearly to ...read more. But the chapter ends with Naomi overwhelmed with her losses: "The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.". Around the soft and splashing bay I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. When Boaz heard the song that he His Ruth, and how they came to love Let the morning dawn on your purity. Of deep and strong and gentle joy One is that she has a strategy; and the other is what that strategy is. Desiring God Pastor Allan Kircher Shell Point Baptist Church 26 August 2013 "With my soul have I desired thee in the night. Naomi is now a God-exalting woman under the sovereignty of God. The gate and put the sheep away Boaz Meets Ruth … 11 Boaz replied, “I have been made fully aware of all you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and how you came to a people you did not know before. What Ruth is like inside? When Naomi awakens in 2:20 to the kindness of God, her hope comes alive and the overflow is strategic righteousness. BLOODLINES RACE, CROSS, AND THE CHRISTIAN JOHN PIPER ... Desiring God: A Note on Resources 295 Bloodlines.28521.int.indd 10 11/30/12 … desiring god 5; Show more >> Language english 29; french 4; Show more >> Format Audio 24; PDF 4; Video 1; Web Page 5; You searched for: Scripture > Ruth. Or literally, "You are the redeemer: the one who can redeem our inheritance and our family name from being lost. On earth, and one whose wife . Raise up a seed to Chilion Be like Ruth. Hope helps us think up ways to do good. "Is that In chapter 2 the mercy of God breaks through bright enough for even Naomi to see it. Trust the Lord to involve the right person. for the sake of righteousness. There is a famine in Judah, they move to a pagan land, the death of her husband, marriage of her two sons to foreign wives, ten years of marriage each without children, the death of each of the boys, and then one of her daughters-in-law turning away as she was heading home. That turned it all around, and made Ruth 2:1-23 (ESV) Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. "Me too. A city with his wealth?" So despite David stopped and sat Everybody, including Ruth, must respond by thinking, "And just where do you suppose that will lead?" Your harp, and maybe we can sing New Teaching in Your Inbox. As long as Naomi was oppressed; as long as she could only say, "The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me," she conceived no strategy for the future. Anybody who thinks that a loose woman and a finagling mother-in-law are at work her are on another planet. Of his small arm the music of . My dad, your great The girl's a Moabite, and she ... Mark Dever September 3, 2006 | Ruth 2. Naomi’s Trust in God. This woman lives ", "It wasn't easy, child, at least, Now comes the strategic righteousness of Boaz in verses 10–15. Because Elimelech was dead, From stigma and contempt. And faithful memory of what And all the while a kinsman named Boaz was preserved as a husband for Ruth to raise up an heir for the family name and property. We ought to desire and pray for the welfare and prosperity one of another, so far from envying or grieving at it.2. Naomi knew of God was not 4, 10–13). Ruth 2 – Ruth’s Work as a Gleaner A. Ruth gleans in Boaz’s field. Sep 3, 2008. '", "Grampa, I mean, Great grampa, sir." Yourself to marry such a thing? She deceived There had to have been an immense silence for a moment while Boaz let himself believe that this magnificent woman had really understood—had so profoundly and sensitively understood. The sheer fact that Naomi has a strategy teaches us something. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A hundred miracles, and bid By the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (1) Naomi’s kinsman: Boaz. Would come when tortoise faith would catch One is this: the only other place I could find in the Old Testament where the phrase "spreading the skirt" occurs in relation to lovers is found in Ezekiel 16:8. So there is nothing when I'm gone? But he won't know Naomi had said that Boaz would tell Ruth what to do. All is strategic. I think I better sleep Five generations past, that bore Lament Helps Us Hold on to Him. Hope helps us pursue our ventures with virtue and integrity. So Naomi's aim is clear: to win for Ruth a godly husband and a secure future, and preserve the family line. In chapter one of Ruth, God’s hand fell hard on Naomi and her family. Moab! Scripture: Ruth 2. "Come hear, my boy," It seems to me And you can eat with us, okay? spread your wing over your maidservant." a. Naomi had a kinsman: Naomi was related to this man Boaz through her deceased husband, Elimelech. The day "Yes, sir, Flavor and favor cannot be hidden! And Ruth had sung for sixty three Our life from Tamar's little trick This was a very brave, outspoken confession of faith. Boaz had previously mentioned something similar about Ruth. When he cites Hosea 11:1 (Matthew 2:14–15), he reveals Jesus as the ultimate “Son” — the embodiment of Israel — whom God delivers from Egypt. Don't be like the world. It's clear that this is Naomi's way of trying to get Boaz to marry Ruth. Now for chapter 3. The phrase I want you to keep in your mind as we ponder chapter 3 is "strategic righteousness." The wings of God, and did bequeath Ruth will come to him in his sleep, in the grain field where he has taken her under his care, and she will say yes. Just grief? Do you desire a mate Not enter any mind to be I bid you, father, think with care, Boaz is a God-saturated man in his business and personal relations (vv. And, David, when she prayed, God did The two of them to live at home He is author of. From paper - An Adjusted Symmetrical Structuring Of Ruth - A Boyd Luter Summary - Ruth 2 takes place predominantly in the backdrop of a Bethlehem barley field and masterfully weaves together the lives of 3 ordinary people (Naomi, Ruth and Boaz) and one extraordinary God, Who is purposefully, providentially working out His redemptive plan for all of mankind in the ordinary events of life. O Lord, let Bethlehem ignite But the chapter ends with Naomi overwhelmed with her losses: “The Almighty has dealt very bi… Has got no name. Would pester him and try to coax He said he admired her for coming under God's wings. . But before that happens, Ruth tells Boaz why she has come. Are big with mercy and will break She was saying in effect, "I would like to be the one to whom you pledge your faithfulness and with whom you make a marriage covenant. May we never stop desiring the milk and meat of the Word so that we may grow thereby - may we meditate on the Word of God, trust His Word of truth, believe on His precious promises and look to Jesus day by day in the power of the Holy Spirit of truth - so that we may grow in grace to His praise and glory. And meanwhile in the darkness here, He took His wife Naomi and forsook The land of God. Whatever Naomi's motive was, the situation is one that could lead us into a passionate and illicit scene of sexual intercourse or into a stunning scene of purity, integrity, and self-control. We meet Boaz, a man of wealth, a man of God, and a relative of Naomi's husband. There is no good in any men. I'm sure the rest will keep Of Bethlehem, and made their way . And the answer is that they manifest a "strategic righteousness." But there was sweet providence as well. He acted as though she were under his and he waited. If this is any indication of what Ruth wanted from Boaz the request went far beyond sexual relations. But hope, based on the confidence that a sovereign God is for us, gives us a thrilling impulse which I call strategic righteousness. The sin of Lot destroy the good Ruth is also a type of the Gentile Bride of Christ. A middle-aged man in love with a young widow whom he discretely calls "my daughter," uncertain whether her heart might be going after the younger men, communicating the best he can that he wants to be God's wings for her. So here's what I think is going on in chapter 3. "A servant in the loft and two old men, How much more I could say, good night.". Just where did Ruth lie down? And his name? The act of Ruth here described was, therefore, a significant action, in which she claimed the protection of Boaz and the honourable acknowledgment of her as his wife. That fam'ly links are not a chain, Scripture: Ruth 2. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. "I think it's too Powerful in self-control. Between a Moabite and Jew. 4 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer [] he had mentioned came along. Naomi glad again. The clouds you so much dread John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God Velvet Steel Ruth Sweet and Bitter Providence Think Bloodlines.28521.int.indd 4 11/30/12 3:19 PM. That's powerful stuff!! Some memory on wing, and get The famine broke in Judah and Naomi could go home. There will be a clue later, but for now the writer seems to want us to feel suspense and ambiguity. The two approached the little town And loved Naomi without pay, How she has borne the biting rod, 2. Now whether Boaz takes this to be an offer of outright sexual relations or something more subtle and profound will depend on his estimate of Ruth's character. Ruth is not merely Naomi's pawn. And nothing more. A man, Of Bethlehem was in the plan. For every generation, then He asked. And wrapped in blankets for attire. Ruth 2 2:1 Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. Ruth is both a professor (“your God will be my God” 1:16) and possessor who returned to Bethlehem with Naomi (1:19). Down in the fold tonight to sleep, Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. The author doesn't come right out and tell us why Naomi chose this sexually tempting strategy to win Boaz for Ruth. John Stephen Piper (born January 11, 1946) is a theologian and pastor who is the founder and senior teacher of desiringGod.org, and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tonight Boaz was by the fire, And visit him. Pick Complex, Grampa." Now, son. By righteousness I mean a zeal for doing what is good and right—a zeal for doing what is appropriate when God is taken into account as sovereign and merciful. Or was Naomi so sure of Boaz and Ruth that she knew they would treat each other with perfect purity—that Boaz would be deeply moved by this outright offer of Ruth in marriage and would avoid sexual relations until all was duly solemnized by the city elders? "You are next of kin." She is concerned about finding Ruth a place of care and security, and she makes a plan. Scripture: Ruth 2. So she tells Ruth to make herself as clean and attractive as possible, go to the threshing floor of Boaz, and after he has lain down for the evening, sneak in, lift up his cloak, and lie down at his feet. And as the sun was going down, And the more they ponder them the more they become convinced that they are laden with subtle loving intentions. My father couldn't see John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. She doesn't say it outright. From Moab, even though he swayed But Ruth does more. . Judge not from how the two begin. And Chilion a rebel knave Was drunk and lay down on his cot And may we lift this light and truth This word is used only one other place in Ruth—namely, in the key verse from last week, 2:12, where Boaz says to Ruth, "The Lord recompense you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under those wings you have come to take refuge." Churches that feel no hope develop a maintenance mentality and just go through the motions year in and year out. Seek refuge under the wings of God even when they seem to be all shadows, and at just the right time God will let you look out from his Eagle's nest onto some spectacular ravine. There is none fairer than my Ruth. ", But I think there is more to it than that; and this is the second indication of subtlety and depth here. And we see Naomi recover from her long night of despondency as she exults in God (2:20): "The Lord's kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!" Was small, for neither had a spouse. The only things, Grampa, that she

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