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Saturday, March 15 2014

Ruth 2: The Meeting Of Ruth and Boaz

"Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off His kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen"

Noami's return to Bethlehem (see also Bethlehem In History And Prophecy) was as a poor widow with an also-widowed daughter-in-law (see Ruth 1: Elimelech and Naomi). They were in a difficult financial situation, but opportunities for recovery were possible among her Bethlehem kinsfolk (the origin of the English word "king" meant the head of a kin - a patriarch, from which also came the original meaning of the word patriotism; see also The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth). The "gleaner's law" (see the Finder question below) enabled Ruth to "go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace." Soon afterward, Boaz came and discovered the hard-working Ruth among the paid grain reapers in his fields.

Ruth and Boaz

"2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.

And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

2:3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

2:4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you.

And they answered him, The LORD bless thee.

2:5 Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

2:6 And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: 2:7 And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house." (Ruth 2:1-7 KJV)

The first meeting of Ruth and Boaz went very well, as the guiding hand of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) was enhancing ("Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off His kindness to the living and to the dead").

"2:8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: 2:9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

2:10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

Ruth 2:11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

2:13 Then she said, Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.

2:14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.

And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. 2:15 And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not: 2:16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not." (Ruth 2:8-16 KJV)

Ruth's return to Noami that evening brought more than grain. It delivered the news that Noami had hoped for: "Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen."

"2:17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. 2:18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.

2:19 And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned to day? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee.

And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.

2:20 And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.

2:21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.

2:22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field.

2:23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law." (Ruth 2:17-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the purpose of the Israelite "gleaner's law"?
See The Gleaner's Law


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This Day In History, March 15

44 BC: Julius Caesar was assassinated (stabbed 23 times while entering the Roman Senate) by Senators led by Brutus (Marcus Junius Brutus) and Cassius (Gaius Cassius Longinus). The date has become known as the "Ides of March" (Latin Idus Martii). The term ides was used for the 15th day of the Roman months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Julius Caesar 351: Constantius II proclaimed his cousin Gallus to Emperor of the Eastern part of the then in-decline Roman Empire (see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire).

493: Odoacer, the German conqueror of the West Roman empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), was assassinated by Theodoric, who split him in two from shoulder to waist with a broad sword.

933: Henry the Fowler defeated the raiding Magyars at Merseburg, Germany.

1341: During the Hundred Years War, an alliance was made between Roman Emperor Louis IV and King Philip VI of France.

1493: Christopher Columbus arrived back in Spain after his first voyage to the "New World." Despite popular myth and propaganda, all of the four voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually only to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the Christopher Columbus map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy)

1545: The first session of the Council of Trent began.

1603: French explorer Samuel de Champlain set out on his first voyage to what is now eastern Canada. He established friendly relations with the natives and explored the St. Lawrence River to the rapids above Montreal. He returned several times, and was made the first governor of "New France" in 1632 (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1744: During the War of the Austrian Succession, France declared war on England.

1827: The University of Toronto was chartered.

1888: The Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888 began.

1906: Rolls-Royce was incorporated.

1916: Woodrow Wilson sent 4,800 troops over the U.S.-Mexico border to pursue Pancho Villa.

1917: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the Russian throne; his brother became then Tsar.

1922: After Egypt was granted independence from the United Kingdom (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), the Sultan of Egypt assumed the title of King Fuad I.

1939: German troops occupied Czechoslovakia.

1957: Britain became the 3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb.

1985: The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com).

1990: Iraq executed, by hanging, a British-based journalist for London's Observer newspaper after being accused of espionage.

1991: 4 Los Angeles police were charged with beating Rodney King, an incident that set off major riots in the city.

1998: Edwin Shoemaker died at age 90. He was the inventor of the "La-Z-Boy" (plushly padded rocking and swivel) chair. He died in one while taking a nap.

2004: French President Jacques Chirac signed the law on (in English) "secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools," commonly known as the headscarf ban.





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