- Setting: she was a Moabite (Lot’s child by incest with his daughter.)
- 2nd giving of the law to the second generation before they were allowed into the Promised Land
- For 10 Generations they were banned from the Assembly of God
- Genealogy through Mary
- 10th generation…
- Genealogy of Christ
- Ruth 1:1 NKJV
- Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.
- Context: Judges 21:25 NKJV
- In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
- God’s group APOSTATE
- BATTERED His people of Israel so they know they are sinning
- CRY out to God for DELIVERANCE
- This cycle repeated itself throughout the time of the Judges. (ABCD)
- Therefore, when the Book of Ruth begins, they are in a state of battering.
- Death releases the widowed party from obligation to the marriage covenant including obligations to his/her family.
- Romans 7:2 NKJV
- For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.
- Naomi releases her daughters-in-law from their obligation to her.
- Ruth 1:16-19 NKJV
- But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.” When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, “ Is this Naomi?”
- Ruth has committed and is now an Israelite under the law.
- Leviticus 19:33-34 NKJV
- ‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
- Exodus 12:49 NKJV
- One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you.”
- If they serve God, they are us even if they are not an Israelite.
Ruth 2:1, 14-14-19
- Ruth knew it was her right under God’s law to glean the fields of Boaz.
- The farmers get one crack through the fields and the rest is for the widows, poor, fatherless…
1 Timothy 5:3
- I Timothy 5:3-4, 9-11 NKJV
- Honor widows who are really widows. But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God. Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, and not unless she has been the wife of one man, well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work. But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,
God’s mercy of not welfare; it’s workfare.
- We will be looked after in our old age. But by our children and family first..
- Boaz was a relative.
- Marriage duty of a surviving brother. (don’t know where, but Boaz knew of a closer relative who would get first crack at having her for a wife.
Ruth 4: Boaz got 10 witnesses (elders) to the transaction to take Ruth as his wife.
Deuteronomy 19:15 : 2 or 3 witnesses to affirm.
John 15 : Fruit, law-keeping, joy.
- Lineage of Christ through Joseph
- Sara, Rebecca, Leah not mentioned but 4 other women are:
- Tamar Cannanite prosititute
- Rahab: same as above
- Ruth Moabite widow
Regardless of our surroundings we can obey God’s Law to a tee.
These people knew God’s Law inside and out and didn’t business that the people around them were doing what was right in their own eyes.
You cannot be a Christian if you don’t follow God’s Law!