Week 13  Day 2

The story of Ruth takes place in the dark days of the judges
You see famine
               refugee status
               death
               the loss of all resources


Yet backstage and unnoticed
God was growing a family tree
      that would produce the great king David
      and many centuries later the Messiah

 
Naomi's life was transformed from bitter to sweet
      the empty one was filled
      by the birth of a child


Everyone needs a Ruth
      at some point in their life
To know Ruth is to know
      the love of God
      the face of God shining upon you
And she wasn't even "one of us."

  

                  COURTSHIP, MARRIAGE AND A BIRTH
         With a child on her lap, empty Naomi is now full.

                                           Ruth 2, 3 & 4

    1 In Bethlehem there was a relative of Naomi's husband, a
man of great wealth.  His name was Boaz.  
2Ruth said to Naomi,
"Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him
in whose sight I may find favor."  Naomi said, "Go, daughter." 
3Ruth left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. 
And she happened to come to the field belonging to Boaz.
    17So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat what
she had gleaned; it was about an ephah [25 pounds] of barley. 
18Then she took it up and her mother-in-law saw what she had
gleaned 19and said, "Where have you gleaned today?  Where
did you work?  Blessed be the one who took notice of you."
So she told her, "The man's name is Boaz."  23So Ruth stayed
close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of
barley harvest and wheat harvest.
    1Then Naomi said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek
security for you, that it may be well with you?  2Now Boaz,
whose young women you were with, is he not our relative?
In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.
3Therefore wash and anoint yourself, put on your best garment
and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself
known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.  
4When he lies down, notice the place where he lies; and go in,
uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you
should do."  6So she went down to the threshing floor and did
all that her mother-in-law instructed her.
    9Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are
witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech's,
from the hand of Naomi.  10Ruth the widow of Mahon, I have
acquired as my wife; that the name of the dead may not be
cut off from among his brethren.''  11All the people said, "The
Lord make the woman like Rachel and Leah, the two who
built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Bethlehem.''
    13The Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.  
14The women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the Lord, 15may he
be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for
your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than
seven sons, has borne him."  16Naomi took the child and laid
him on her bosom.  17The neighbor women gave him a name,
saying, "There is a son borne to Naomi."  They called his
name Obed.  He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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