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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.
"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.
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.
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.
Fact Finder: What was the purpose of the Israelite "gleaner's law"?
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).
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.