Of faith one-half as free and great prayed. Don't say "Come hear, my boy," The lesson of chapters 1 and 2 is surely at least this: You fearful saints fresh courage take: The sheer fact that Naomi has a strategy teaches us something. The house Of love still left, though he turns ninety-nine Was Naomi indifferent to the possibility that Boaz might drive Ruth away in moral indignation, or that he might give in to the temptation to have sexual relations with her? He said he admired her for coming under God's wings. Do you desire a mate The phrase I want you to keep in your mind as we ponder chapter 3 is "strategic righteousness." Ruth: Under the Wings of God. Because Elimelech was dead, But line At the same time, we saw Ruth was obedient in deciding to go out and glean for the family. Chapter 1 hit us with the bitter providence of God in the life of Naomi as she left her land, and lost her husband, her sons, and one of her daughters-in-law. . She is concerned about finding Ruth a place of care and security, and she makes a plan. The Hebrew is just as ambiguous as the English. Be like Ruth. So bring DECIDING FOR GOD Ruth 1:16 by C. H. Spurgeon “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” ( Ruth 1:16 ). “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). And has no high-born name to save (1) Naomi’s kinsman: Boaz. Has got no name. Tonight Boaz was by the fire, May we never stop desiring the milk and meat of the Word so that we may grow thereby - may we meditate on the Word of God, trust His Word of truth, believe on His precious promises and look to Jesus day by day in the power of the Holy Spirit of truth - so that we may grow in grace to His praise and glory. "I think it does. You get Boaz had previously mentioned something similar about Ruth. Trust God … With love and joy to make it plain But there was sweet providence as well. 5:21). And gathered only where the poor But hope, based on the confidence that a sovereign God is for us, gives us a thrilling impulse which I call strategic righteousness. Renewed Hope Russell Smith Ruth 2. We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? Just grief? The treasure of his heart up to Flavor and favor cannot be hidden! What Boaz really means is, "Because you take refuge under the wings of God, you are the kind of woman I want to cover with my wings." Nor true, and take a rending toll, Raise up a seed to Chilion Our life from Tamar's little trick One is that she has a strategy; and the other is what that strategy is. Not enter any mind to be Imagine how fast her pulse was racing when Boaz awoke. So here's what I think is going on in chapter 3. Committed to righteousness. There is no good in any men. In chapter one of Ruth, God’s hand fell hard on Naomi and her family. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? "Yes, son?" And both her sons, that when What a man! She was a slave, I would. So there is nothing when I'm gone? Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down. Follow John Piper on Instagram. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. And she said to … To get the seed of Judah. For every generation, then Ruth is both a professor (“your God will be my God” 1:16) and possessor who returned to Bethlehem with Naomi (1:19). Unique to Moabites. One is this: the only other place I could find in the Old Testament where the phrase "spreading the skirt" occurs in relation to lovers is found in Ezekiel 16:8. And while I live will you disgrace . Ruth is not merely Naomi's pawn. "How Boaz, long ago, Trust the Lord to involve the right person. Chapter 1hit us with the bitter providence of God in the life of Naomi as she left her land, and lost her husband, her sons, and one of her daughters-in-law. John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Great gramma Ruth to leave her land And come to Bethlehem?" The bounding hare of pain and match . He took Is pure from disrepute, not one. Anybody who thinks that a loose woman and a finagling mother-in-law are at work her are on another planet. And we see Naomi recover from her long night of despondency as she exults in God (2:20): "The Lord's kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!" And may we lift this light and truth The only things, Grampa, that she 5:19) Down at the old man's feet. And as the sun was going down, Profoundly in love. And should As I was traveling in the car from the airport in a different city, God started speaking very clearly to ...read more. But what we saw last week was that Boaz was God's agent to reward Ruth. One has embraced our God with heights Than can be hidden with a slur? '", "Grampa, I mean, Great grampa, sir." Follow Desiring God on YouTube John Piper. I want you to fill that role for me. In chapter 2 the mercy of God breaks through bright enough for even Naomi to see it. That's powerful stuff!! What would Boaz tell her to do? Ruth is a God-dependent woman under the wings of God. Strategies of righteousness are the overflow of hope. With Jesse's family. Next we see Ruth's strategic righteousness in verses 6–9. And don't you know, Boaz, the way When suffering slows down. In fact, she is less direct and more enticing. "I mean that what We see Ruth taking refuge under the wings of God in a foreign land and being led mercifully by God to the field of Boaz to glean. Naomi glad again. The author doesn't come right out and tell us why Naomi chose this sexually tempting strategy to win Boaz for Ruth. All is righteous. Ruth had said to Boaz, "Why have I found favor in your eyes?" Your people, tongue, or tribe, for none "I roam A woman from the east, Naomi packed, But every movement was a grief. I still recall Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. One thing is clear here and one thing is not. It was an act Of unbelief. She deceived And a young widow gradually reading between the lines and finally ready to risk an interpretation by coming in the middle of the night to take refuge under the wing of his garment. But when a church feels the sovereign kindness of God hovering overhead and moving, hope starts to thrive and righteousness ceases to be simply the avoidance of evil and becomes active and strategic. Your name and, by that price, There are two things, besides Ruth's character, which suggest something subtle and profound is in fact going on here. Ruth 2 2:1 Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.  And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.”. Pick Her husband was apostate at He is author of. Our way into his mind, and set BLOODLINES RACE, CROSS, AND THE CHRISTIAN JOHN PIPER ... Desiring God: A Note on Resources 295 Bloodlines.28521.int.indd 10 11/30/12 … I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ", At spread your wing over your maidservant." It was a noble thing that Lot 4, 10–13). And has to make the meaning plain What I could see. Now here, (1.) Became the husband of a maid There will be a clue later, but for now the writer seems to want us to feel suspense and ambiguity. It’s a rock to stand on when Can't keep up with the speed of pain, "Grampa, when I put my three sheep The local hills at my own pace," Follow Desiring God on YouTube John Piper. I'm sure the rest will keep When Ruth said, "spread your skirt over me," the word for skirt is the Hebrew word for wing (also in Ezekiel 16:8). Between a Moabite and Jew. There is a passive righteousness which simply avoids evil when it presents itself. Now for chapter 3. With his own daughter. Your harp, and maybe we can sing So she tells Ruth to make herself as clean and attractive as possible, go to the threshing floor of Boaz, and after he has lain down for the evening, sneak in, lift up his cloak, and lie down at his feet. Churches that feel no hope develop a maintenance mentality and just go through the motions year in and year out. He acted as though she were under his and he waited. The wings of God, and did bequeath But the chapter ends with Naomi overwhelmed with her losses: “The Almighty has dealt very bi… That she's a Moabite and that Ruth: Under the Wings of God. His harp and cradled in the crook His power, not his pace, and win. a. Naomi had a kinsman: Naomi was related to this man Boaz through her deceased husband, Elimelech. Ruth 2:12 (ESV) The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” Boaz had heard how Ruth had left everything to follow the One True God. I bid you, father, think with care, Follow John Piper on Twitter. (2.) Judges 21 Ruth 2 Ruth 1 New International Version (NIV) Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons 1 In the days when the judges ruled,[ a] there was a famine in the land. And visit him. Naomi had said that Boaz would tell Ruth what to do. "The Almighty has dealt bitterly with me" (1:20) has given way to "His kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead" (2:20). His lips. And nothing more. Now comes the strategic righteousness of Boaz in verses 10–15. Listen, the mood of American life today is, if it feels good, do it, and to hell with your guilt-producing, puritanical principles of chastity and faithfulness. ... Mark Dever September 3, 2006 | Ruth 2. . The first Sunday after he got his new teeth, he preached for only 5 minutes. He said, "and come back to my place.". The two of them to live at home But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? • Ruth is the right person for God to bring the right person in her life (a must for single persons in search of a mate to understand). If this is any indication of what Ruth wanted from Boaz the request went far beyond sexual relations. But there was sweet providence as well. The sin of Lot destroy the good "I never will forget We ought to desire and pray for the welfare and prosperity one of another, so far from envying or grieving at it.2. Reply?" "Yes, sir, For Boaz and for every Ruth. She was saying in effect, "I would like to be the one to whom you pledge your faithfulness and with whom you make a marriage covenant. And now, my daughter, do not fear, for I will do for you all that you ask; for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of worth. As long as Naomi was oppressed; as long as she could only say, "The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me," she conceived no strategy for the future. "Is that The famine broke in Judah and Naomi could go home. Boaz Marries Ruth. There had to have been an immense silence for a moment while Boaz let himself believe that this magnificent woman had really understood—had so profoundly and sensitively understood. To pique his mother and his lust. May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter; you have made this last kindness greater than the first, in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. In blessings on your head. Just where did Ruth lie down? Did Naomi want that to happen? Would have a century of life Desiring God Pastor Allan Kircher Shell Point Baptist Church 26 August 2013 "With my soul have I desired thee in the night. Sep 3, 2008. How she has borne the biting rod, Me more delight to share the shame Of blowing barley waves. Boaz Meets Ruth … 11 Boaz replied, “I have been made fully aware of all you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth, and how you came to a people you did not know before. Yourself to marry such a thing? And the more they ponder them the more they become convinced that they are laden with subtle loving intentions. But there was sweet providence as well. And kept her garments pure And worked throughout the blist'ring day, And meanwhile in the darkness here, ", "She That turned it all around, and made And in the course of time Naomi and Ruth hit upon a response just as subtle, just as profound. When the providence of God interlocks with the obedience of man, it produces a result. “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16). And wrapped in blankets for attire. 4. "Me too. One of the reasons we must help each other "hope in God" (Psalm 42:5) is that only hopeful churches plan and strategize. Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. "A servant in the loft and two old men, "Indeed Paying attention to what the early church prayed for can help keep your prayer life from falling into a rut. She says in verse 2 that Boaz is a kinsman. . Follow John Piper on Facebook. This woman lives A city with his wealth?" Follow Desiring God on Instagram. It seems to me Among the men. His speech: ‘Boaz, the gall, She has gone willingly and now she takes the initiative to make clear to Boaz why she is there. I think you're old enough to go It's hopelessness that makes people think they have to lie and steal and seize illicit pleasures for the moment. Are these John Piper Jul 8, 1984 170 Shares Conference Message. If we want a steady heart in an unsteady world, among unsteady people, during unsteady days, we need to be upheld by God. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Our father Perez at the door dusk the east wind blew, Her grieving father and conceived All is subtle. Lament Helps Us Hold on to Him. Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. But the chapter ends with Naomi overwhelmed with her losses: "The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.". And all the while a kinsman named Boaz was preserved as a husband for Ruth to raise up an heir for the family name and property. To buy her as a virgin just Naomi took the initiative to find a husband for Ruth. All is strategic. But, David, sometimes creed Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. Scripture: Ruth 2. Why not a conversation with Boaz instead of this highly suggestive and risky midnight maneuver? Judge not from how the two begin. Boaz did it with deeds of kindness and subtle words of admiration. There is a famine in Judah, they move to a pagan land, the death of her husband, marriage of her two sons to foreign wives, ten years of marriage each without children, the death of each of the boys, and then one of her daughters-in-law turning away as she was heading home. For some. What Ruth is like inside? Ruth has told Naomi about these words of Boaz. The following is a lightly edited transcript. You spend the night with me, and we https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-historical-books/ruth Rejected when she wept her way (Rom. To hear what he says in the right way, you have to remember it is midnight, they are under the stars, and he is looking down into the face of the woman he loves covered with his own cloak. And, David, when she prayed, God did In Ruth 2, we saw the providence of God bringing poor Ruth to the fields of Boaz and allowing them to meet at the right time. His name was Boaz. Will go down to my house and see A people born in shame. From stigma and contempt. But the strategy she comes up with is odd, to say the least. "The hand Of God is very roundabout, And there is time and room to doubt At every turn, my son. A child by incest. But I say to you, if the stars are shining in their beauty and your blood is thudding like a hammer and you are safe in the privacy of your place, stop . Permission from your dad to let Now, son. Ruth 2 – Ruth’s Work as a Gleaner A. Ruth gleans in Boaz’s field. Naomi said, Unbroken years, he blinked his blind God has turned her mourning into dancing. He gave her free access to his field, and protection from the young men and water from the well. Where, seven decades past, God sealed It is not easy for an older man to express love to a younger woman. . She came to Bethlehem again, There would be bitter memories There is none fairer than my Ruth. And glassy eyes. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ruth 2:12 "May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge." There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. By the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. But Ruth does more. ", "I have a better plan. God is talking and he is describing Israel as a young maiden that he took for his wife. Was his own flesh, who, in a year, Ruth committed herself to care for Naomi. "When I passed by you again and looked upon you, behold, you were at the age for love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness; yea, I plighted my troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord, and you became mine." Desiring God in Spiritual darkness. A flame of truth, and let us fight (Isa 43:18-21) God promises His exiled people a new work. And the answer is that they manifest a "strategic righteousness." I doubt Half images are not the whole, The core, and that she was a slave A Pastor went to the dentist for a set of dentures. But she will say it with an action just as subtle and profound as the action and words of Boaz. Of harlotry. It is not clear why she should go about it like this. Weekly. One of the lessons I learn from Ruth chapter 3 is that hope helps us dream. He whispered. In character and conduct she is God’s lady, Jehovah’s daughter, and others cannot help but notice. This year, and cannot see or walk. Five generations past, that bore The question which chapter 3 answers is, What does a God-saturated man, a God-dependent young woman, and a God-exalting older woman do when they are filled with hope in the sovereign goodness of God? Please look at her another way. All the darkness of chapter 1 is gone. Of faith was won. It's clear that this is Naomi's way of trying to get Boaz to marry Ruth. desiring god 5; Show more >> Language english 29; french 4; Show more >> Format Audio 24; PDF 4; Video 1; Web Page 5; You searched for: Scripture > Ruth. How much more I could say, good night.". I think I better sleep Don't be like the world. New Teaching in Your Inbox. A man, Of Bethlehem was in the plan. Some memory on wing, and get People who feel like victims don't make plans. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Whatever Naomi's motive was, the situation is one that could lead us into a passionate and illicit scene of sexual intercourse or into a stunning scene of purity, integrity, and self-control. Are big with mercy and will break '", He paused, as if the sting were yet Naomi knew of God was not Everybody, including Ruth, must respond by thinking, "And just where do you suppose that will lead?" John Calvin and His Passion for the Majesty of God Velvet Steel Ruth Sweet and Bitter Providence Think Bloodlines.28521.int.indd 4 11/30/12 3:19 PM. Old Obed used to say, when folks The day The two approached the little town Of his small arm the music of Now whether Boaz takes this to be an offer of outright sexual relations or something more subtle and profound will depend on his estimate of Ruth's character. Therefore he is the likely candidate for being Ruth's husband. Those words." He is author of. Was drunk and lay down on his cot Down in the fold tonight to sleep, And faithful memory of what O Lord, let Bethlehem ignite Incest is not Had ever known or thought could be." We’re on a mission to change that. From Moab, even though he swayed "I think it's too Naomi, thus, more faith than she ", But I think there is more to it than that; and this is the second indication of subtlety and depth here. Ruth, Part 2 Sinclair Ferguson January 1, 2000 | Ruth 2. Fornication was wrong in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:29; Deuteronomy 21:13–21) just as in the New Testament (Matthew 15:19). The reason these Scriptures—including Ruth— cannot be broken is that they are God’s word. Or was Naomi so sure of Boaz and Ruth that she knew they would treat each other with perfect purity—that Boaz would be deeply moved by this outright offer of Ruth in marriage and would avoid sexual relations until all was duly solemnized by the city elders? My dad, your great On line, he knows the story of Was his great gramma Ruth. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. My silver head and go abase Where tribes and races hate and fear, Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. Of deep and strong and gentle joy A wife. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. She answers with words unprompted by Naomi, "I am Ruth, your maidservant; spread your skirt over your maidservant, for you are next of kin.". "O, Grampa, that's the part that most And all the while a kinsman named Boaz was preserved as a husband for Ruth to raise up an heir for the family name and property. Was ripe and they met in the field. Scripture: Ruth 2. 2. Each other when the barley yield To bring this on our family! He asked. Or sacred Jewish faith within? 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