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Sunday, March 16 2014
Ruth 3: The Threshingfloor Proposal
"Then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth"
Naomi (see Ruth 1: Elimelech and Naomi) was well-aware that 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 the actual "matchmaker" of Boaz and Ruth (see Ruth 2: The Meeting Of Ruth and 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." (Ruth 2:20 KJV)
With their first meeting accomplished, Naomi then confidently arranged for the proposal. As we will read, it wasn't merely some sort of sly scheme of marriage on the part of Naomi. Just as Naomi had done with the gleaner's law and custom (see The Gleaner's Law) that enabled Ruth to harvest grain anywhere, including, as she chose, in the field of Boaz, Naomi was assisting the newcomer-immigrant Ruth to claim her legal marriage right as a widow in Israel.
"3:1 Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? 3:2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. 3:3 Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking. 3:4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
Once again, all went well. There remained only the matter of the legal custom pertaining to widows: "I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I." Boaz then pledged to attend to the matter with the man, "it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth."
"3:6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.
Fact Finder: How were John the Baptist and the apostle John actual kinsmen of the Messiah?
This Day In History, March 16
597 BC: An estimated Roman date equivalent (from Adar 2) when the Babylonians captured Jerusalem and replaced Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king of Judah (see Jehoiachin Of Judah and Zedekiah Of Judah; also A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah and A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah).
37: Roman Emperor Tiberius died. He was the Emperor (see Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire and The Politics Of Rome) at the time of Jesus Christ's crucifixion (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah, A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Whatever Happened To Those Romans?). Tiberius was succeeded by Caligula.
1190: "Christian" Crusaders massacred Jews in York, England (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1521: Ferdinand Magellan sighted the Philippines (it wasn't a "discovery" to the people who lived there).
1660: The British "Long Parliament of the Puritans" ended after 20 years. The new Convention Parliament followed.
1815: Willem I was proclaimed king of the Netherlands.
1851: Spanish authorities concluded a concordat with the Vatican under which Roman Catholicism became the only authorized faith in Spain. It also gave control of education and the press to the Catholic Church.
1889: Off Samoa in the Southern Pacific, a severe hurricane destroyed 6 warships (3 U.S., 3 German); only the British Calliope escaped.
1907: The British Invincible, then the world's largest cruiser, was completed at the Glasgow shipyards.
1917: Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated.
1919: Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
1933: The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.
1935: Adolf Hitler renounced the disarmament clauses in the Versailles Treaty and introduced conscription in Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Most of Würzburg, Germany was destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers; 5,000 people were killed.
1968: The "My Lai Massacre" of about 500 civilians, mostly women, old men, and children (the younger men had left to work in the fields or at sea), by U.S. troops in Vietnam. The atrocity was not discovered in the U.S. until 18 months later, when it set off a firestorm of disgust and outrage around the world. In 1971, to appease public protest, Lt. William Calley, one of the officers who oversaw the murders, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, but very little time was actually served before he was quietly released.
1969: Golda Meir became the Prime Minister of Israel.
1978: Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped and later killed by "Red Brigade" terrorists.
1978: The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz split in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany. It resulted in the 5th-largest oil spill in history.
1988: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein. 5,000 people died and 10,000 people were sickened.
2000: Thomas Ferebee died at age 81. He was the bombardier of the Enola Gay when it dropped the U.S. atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 1945, killing over 130,000 men, women, children and babies - and horribly burning tens of thousands more. For the remainder of his life, Ferebee publicly maintained that the bombing was "the right thing to do," while also stating "I think we should realize that this can't happen again."
2005: Israel officially surrendered Jericho to "Palestinian" control.