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Week 13 Day 2
The story of Ruth takes place in the dark days of the judgesYou 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 childEveryone needs a Ruth at some point in their lifeTo know Ruth is to know the love of God the face of God shining upon youAnd 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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