Monday, March 17 2014
Ruth 4: The Marriage Of Boaz and Ruth
"The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem"
With all 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) inspired and guided preparations completed (see Ruth 1: Elimelech and Naomi, Ruth 2: The Meeting Of Ruth and Boaz and Ruth 3: The Threshingfloor Proposal), there remained only the matter of a kinsman who was closer to the family of Naomi (i.e. Ruth was the widow of one of Naomi's sons). Along with the rights of Ruth were the rights of those who were responsible to the law and custom. There would seem to be little doubt that everyone was relieved when the closer "kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it."
"4:1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
The people of Israel (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel and Genesis 46: The First Census Of Israel) were created from the people of the nations around them i.e. Abraham was from Iraq (see A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram), Rachel and Leah were from Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria), the first Jews had Canaanite mothers (see Genesis 38: The First Jews), Ephraim and Manasseh were born in Egypt of an Egyptian mother (see Genesis 48: The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh). Ruth of Moab was not only welcomed to "Israel," but was declared by the obvious inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the people there that "The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel."
"4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem: 4:12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman." (Ruth 4:11-12 KJV)
Boaz and Ruth became the parents of Obed - who became the father of Jesse (see the Fact Finder question below), who became the father of King David, who became a key ancestor of Jesus Christ.
"4:13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 4:14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 4:15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
Fact Finder: Boaz and Ruth were the grandparents of Jesse, the father of King David. What do the Scriptures tell us about Jesse?
This Day In History, March 17
45 BC: Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeians at the battle of Munda in Spain. The Pompeians, led by two sons of Pompey the Great, lost over 30,000 men (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). It was one of a number of strategic battles led by Julius Caesar that turned the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.
180: Marcus Aurelius died, thereby leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire (see Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast).
455: By means of the support of the Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome), Petronius Maximus became emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
461: The traditional date of the death of St. Patrick, the "patron saint" of Ireland.
624: Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeated the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1337: Edward III created the Duchy of Cornwall for his eldest son, Edward, who was later made Prince of Wales.
1805: The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as President, was proclaimed to be the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.
1808: The Revolt of Aranjuez; it forced the abdication of Charles IV of Spain.
1861: Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed the first king of Italy, uniting most of Italy under the House of Savoy.
1914: Russia increased the number of active duty military from 460,000 to 1,700,000.
1942: Nazis began deporting Jews to the Belsen concentration camp.
1948: The "Brussels Treaty" was signed by Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. They agreed to take whatever action necessary in the event of a renewal of German aggression, and to come to the defence of each other if attacked by any aggressor in Europe i.e. the Soviet Union. It was a shadow of NATO which came a year later.
1957: An airplane crash in Cebu, Philippines killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.
1959: The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India.
1969: Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.
1992: In South Africa, a referendum was held to end apartheid.
1992: A suicide car bomb attack on the Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 29 people and injured 242.
2011: During the Libyan civil war, the United Nations Security Council proclaimed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, authorizing UN military intervention to protect civilians in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.