Archive for September 2016

Ruth 3:6-13

In our reading today we see the plan of Naomi’s put into play.  Ruth goes and quietly lays down at the feet of Boaz.  In our culture today, which has sexualized just about everything, scholars are quick to assume a sexual relationship here.  But that would be totally out of character with who these two…

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Ruth 3:1-5

After the harvest season is over Naomi makes the decision to make her move on behalf of her daughter-in-law, to seek security for the future.  There are a lot of weird things that happen in the book of Ruth, all of which were part of the cultural practices of the day.  In a nutshell, Naomi…

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Ruth 2:19-23

As the story unfolds about how Ruth ended up connecting with a very kindly man who took special care to make sure that a virtuous woman was cared for in his fields we discover that there is even more to this situation.  It turns out that Boaz is a near relative of Naomi’s and a…

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Ruth 2:14-18

So what is Boaz up to here?  He has already taken special note of Ruth as a person of virtue, especially in relationship to her mother-in-law.  Now it seems as though he is taking special note of her again.  Is there something going on?  It seems there just might be.  Boaz makes sure she gets…

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Ruth 2:5-13

In a period of Israel’s history when virtue was hard to come by it is so refreshing to read about Boaz and Ruth.  Boaz sees someone new in his fields, gleaning the leftovers.  He makes inquiry and discovers that this young woman is someone special.  She has practiced loyalty to her new family.  She has…

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Ruth 2:1-4

Today we have a convoluted welfare system sponsored by the government and designed to help people who are in need of the basics of life.  Back then, they had “gleaning”.  Gleaning was for people who were in need, allowing them to go out into the fields and gather the leftovers from the grain harvest.  Since…

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Ruth 1:19-22

Ruth has found something.  As she had been welcomed into Naomi’s family she had found something attractive and amazing in the lives of the Hebrew people.  We are not told exactly what it was, but we see the evidence that it was real and powerful, for Ruth is ready to abandon everything she has know…

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Ruth 1:6-14

Though the book of Ruth is, in one way, a great love story, there nevertheless is great pain in it.  Women bearing the deep sorrow of their men dying far too young, brings a sorrow to our own hearts.  And now they are left to try to figure out how life can go on, somehow,…

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Ruth 1:1-5

Well, here we are starting another new book again!  We have done a lot over the years. The book of Ruth is a love story, but also a story of a crucial link in the process of bringing Jesus into the world, believe it or not!    Verse one tells us that the story takes…

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II Thessalonians 3:16-18

As Paul brings this Thessalonian letter to a close he does 2 things that are designed to bring a blessing to his readers.  First, he asks the God of peace to give them peace.  There are a lot of things that can disturb our peace in this world.  If things don’t go the way we…

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