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The Marriage of Ruth and Boaz

No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said, “Come over, friend; sit down here.” And he went over and sat down. Then Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here”; so they sat down. He then said to the next-of-kin, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our kinsman Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it, and say: Buy it in the presence of those sitting here, and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not, tell me, so that I may know; for there is no one prior to you to redeem it, and I come after you.” So he said, “I will redeem it.” (Ruth 4:1-4, NRSV)

Boaz was good on his word from the end of chapter 3. That he would go to the next of kin and see if he wanted to make good on fulling what needed to be done on the law.

Boaz went to the city gate and said Naomi had a field that she was selling and it should go to the next of kin, will you buy it. And the next of kin said yes, but will he actually fulfill the law?

You see sometimes things look good at the first look, but then they get more complicated.

Do you always jump in with both feet or check it out first to see what the full picture is?

 

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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor

He said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter; this last instance of your loyalty is better than the first; you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, do not be afraid, I will do for you all that you ask, for all the assembly of my people know that you are a worthy woman. But now, though it is true that I am a near kinsman, there is another kinsman more closely related than I.Remain this night, and in the morning, if he will act as next-of-kin for you, good; let him do it. If he is not willing to act as next-of-kin for you, then, as the Lord lives, I will act as next-of-kin for you. Lie down until the morning.” (Ruth 3:10-13, NRSV)

This act of loyalty is better than the first, for you have not gone after young men, either rich or poor but have come to a kinsman.

Ruth has been loyal to Naomi, going with her where she goes and worshipping her God and following after her kinsmen.

And Boaz sees this and honors that. He holds ruth up as a worthy woman and promises to make sure she is cared for. Meaning if the nearest kinsman will not fulfill his duty, Boaz will.

Boaz is an honorable man.

Do we live with honor?

 
 

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to fulfill all righteousness

170108Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17, NRSV)

John wanted Jesus to baptize him, I mean after all John’s baptism is a baptism of repentance, of confessing our sins. Does Jesus really need to confess sins? Does Jesus really need to be baptized?

But it is proper to do this to fulfill all righteousness! What does that mean? To fulfill all righteousness. To make all divine sinless things come to be.

Jesus did not need to confess sins or be made clean. But in order for the divine plan to proceed forward this was a step that needed to be done. Doesn’t mean we need to understand it. We just need to know that Jesus is God’s beloved son and through Him we can have a relationship with God.

 

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fulfilled

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:14-21, NRSV)

Have you ever known someone that left town, your hometown, and then many years later they came back and started acting differently or saying things that you couldn’t believe?

Imagine how those in the temple at Nazareth felt about Jesus that day. He read the passage from the prophet Isaiah, about bringing good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and that the blind will receive their sight. That the Lord’s favor has come, and it has come through me!

They knew Jesus and had grown up with him. how could this be?

We have a hard time allowing God to be God if we keep trying to fit Him into our box. Which means He can change people and use them to do His will. Even those we think it isn’t possible for Him to use.

I mean really for every person that you think God can’t use, there is one person who thinks you are the one God can’t use.

Allow God to fulfill His promises as He chooses and don’t try to put Him in your box.

 

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Salt and Light

Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:13-20, NRSV)

A lot of places I read about this verse talk about us living in such a way that we will be the salt of the earth and the light for the world.

If we can only do what Christ calls us to do, and follow all of the commandments and not lead any of our brothers or sisters away in sin, then we might be salt and light.

But read the passage again.

There is no hesitation. There is no you can be. There is no you will be.

Jesus says, “You are!”

You are the salt of the earth and the light to the world.

So go and show the world whom you follow and whose you are!

 

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