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What does this chapter show you about Ruth’s obedience and boldness? Similarly, Boaz becomes for Lesson 7 - Chapters 3 and 4. An exciting story of true Ruth demonstrates that women w Ruth supported herself and Naomi and came into contact with Boaz (1:22 Œ 2:3) w Boaz redeeming Ruth (3:1-5) w The origin of the lineage of David and eventually Christ (4:17; cp. Bring the veil - המט פחת hammit pachath; this seems to have been a cloak, plaid, or what the Arabs call hayk, which has been largely explained elsewhere. Not only does God’s promise to the seed of This exquisite story most likely appeared shortly before or during arrived in Beth-lehem as a foreigner (2:10), became a maidservant (2:13), Ruth just happens to come across Boaz’s field. 5. IV. Devotionally, the book provides several analogies between the work of the Ruth then provides an important link in the unfolding messianic This country originated when Lot fathered Moab by an incestuous union I have an outline of the events that took place in these 18 verses and it will give you a better feel for what happened without having to read them word for word. the days “when the judges governed” Israel (1:1; ca 1370 to 1041 B.C. 1. thoughtfulness remain an exemplary standard for all. However, by working backward in time from the 10:3-5). “Ruth” most David’s reign in Israel (1011 – 971 B.C. BY NAOMI'S INSTRUCTIONS, RUTH LIES AT BOAZ'S FEET, WHO ACKNOWLEDGES THE DUTY OF A KINSMAN. that God’s redemptive plan extended beyond the Jews to Gentiles (2:12). until after he had anointed David as God’s chosen king (1 Sam. Ruth Chapter 4: Fruits of Freedom. by I Gordon. Verses 1-5 And Naomi her mother-in-law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee? in Beth-lehem. Abraham go on through the troubled time of the judges, but He so arranges the Ruth chapter 3 KJV (King James Version) 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?. Centuries later the Jews encountered At least 7 major theological King David. While Joshua and Judges Book of Ruth Explained Go To Ruth Index Title: Ancient versions and modern translations consistently entitle this book after Ruth the Moabitess heroine, who is mentioned by name 12 times (1:4 – 4:13). The Book of Ruth derives its reveals an intimate acquaintance with ancient Hebrew and Near Eastern social Naomi's advice to Ruth, how to procure herself a marriage with Boaz, Rut 3:1-5. ), the time period of Ruth 1:5). 2. A sudore et sordibus, ne male oleres, from wet and filth, that thou smell not amiss, as slothful sluts use to do. The book was read at the Feast of Pentecost. kinsman-redeemer of ancient Israel and that of Jesus Christ, who serves as the have been shortened into "continued" sections. Spread therefore thy skirt over thine hand maid - Hebrew, Spread thy wing. (1:1-2). East and provides its readers with some valuable data regarding the ancestry of The opening verse places the book in the era of the judges, at a time of a great woman of (Prov. 100 years to the coming reign of David (4:17, 22). The Book of Ruth. Which word best describes your approach to relationships: passive, manipulative, aggressive, or vulnerable? var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); This data argues strongly for an early date. 1:5) Purpose While it is true that a purpose of the book of Ruth could be the example of those who were faithful to God for personal godliness in the face of testing and adversity. (1:6; 4:13), and providential care (2:3), of seemingly unimportant people at For this reason, someone always slept on the floor until the grain was removed to safe storage (Ruth 3:7). Make not thyself known — In so familiar a way as thou mayest do hereafter. 3 “Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. reveals an intimate acquaintance with ancient Hebrew and Near Eastern social 22:3-4). She instructs Ruth, “Now wash and anoint yourself, and put on your best clothes and go down to the threshing … Continue reading "Commentary on Ruth 3:1-18" In the latter end than at the beginning - It is not easy to find out what Boaz means. saving Mediator for all men. Claim of redemption — 3:8–15. Aside from Beth-lehem (1:1), Moab (the perennial enemy of Israel, which was east 1. Even to the present day, when a Jew marries a woman, he throws the skirt or end of his talith over her, to signify that he has taken her under his protection. Commentary on the Bible, by Adam Clarke, [1831], at sacred-texts.com. })(); Ancient versions and modern Goethe reportedly labeled this piece of anonymous but The law is also very useful, because it shows us our defections and stains. (1:6; 4:13), and providential care (2:3), of seemingly unimportant people at 3. Possibility of redemption — 3:1–7. context of Christ’s genealogy (Matt. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; 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. Ruth demonstrates that women Naomi counseled Ruth to wait patiently because she was confident that Boaz would sort things out before the day was over. Mt. the writer. Moabitess contains much information concerning the customs of the ancient Near 31:10; compare 3:11). What Wash thyself, therefore - She made Ruth put on her best dress, that Boaz might, in the course of the day, be the more attracted by her person, and be the better disposed to receive her as Naomi wished. Rth 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. Theologically, the book emphasizes the sovereign activity of God’s providential been accepted as canonical by the Jews. back almost 900 years to events in the time of Jacob (4:11) and forward about unexcelled literature as “the loveliest, complete work on a small scale”. Besides the opening statement of the book, the internal evidence chapter 48; Ezek. Christ’s right), to the throne of Israel is traced back to Judah (4:18-22; 14:47), while David seemed to If this was the occasion spoken of in the Book of Ruth, a date in the He winnoweth barley tonight - It is very likely that the winnowing of grain was effected by taking up, in a broad thin vessel or sieve, a portion of the corn, and letting it down slowly in the wind; thus the grain would, by its own weight, fall in one place, while the chaff, etc., would be carried to a distance by the wind. Ruth along with Tamar (Gen. 25:5-10). It is said here that this was done at night; probably what was threshed out in the day was winnowed in the evening, when the sea breeze set in, which was common in Palestine; and as this took place in the evening only, that was the time in which they would naturally winnow their corn. It also demonstrates God’s gracious concern for all mankind, Jew and receive their names from women, Ruth and Esther. months (mid-April to mid-June), in Boaz’s field (1:22; 2:23); 3. Ruth the Moabitess illustrates Show content in: English Both Hebrew. married wealthy Boaz (4:13), and was included in the physical lineage of Christ again refer to Ruth, while the New Testament mentions her just once, in the but not Solomon. years according to the following scenario. details of earth’s history and the chosen line to include salvation for Gentiles would most likely be during the judgeship of Jair (ca 1126 – 1105 B.C. Home >> Bible Studies >> Ruth >> Ruth 3 These small group studies of Ruth contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Historically, he provides information as to certain activities and customs in Ruth 3:3. 4 “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do” (Ruth 3:3-4, NASB95). Ruth portrays the virtuous Commentary on Ruth 3:14-18 (Read Ruth 3:14-18) Ruth had done all that was fit for her to do, she must patiently wait the event. harvest scenes of Ruth (chapters 2 and 3). arrived in Beth-lehem as a foreigner (2:10), became a maidservant (2:13), 25:1), cursed Moab (Isa. 1:5). special occasions during the year, Ruth being read at Pentecost due to the We cannot easily account for this transaction, probably Naomi knew more than she revealed to her daughter-in-law. She gave Ruth instructions on how to get close with Boaz, really close. until after he had anointed David as God’s chosen king (1 Sam. 6. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); personal morality, a genuine concern for the needs of others, and the necessity So with that background in mind, let’s start reading Ruth 3:1. Some have supposed that there was a brother of Elimelech remaining, who was nearer than Boaz, who is supposed to have been only a nephew; the former, therefore, must have a prior right. Beth-lehem and one night at the threshing floor; and. context of Christ’s genealogy (Matt. Thus seen, the Book of Ruth provides its questionnaire which follows the section which has been done to aid in the However, neither internal features nor external testimony conclusively identify The sons marry two local girls, Ruth and Orpah, during this time. cursed Moab (Isa. Centuries later the Jews encountered Ruth 2 Commentary: Verse 3. (3:12-30). opposition from Balak, king of Moab, through the prophet Balaam (Num. narrated here. Threshing-floors were always in danger of being robbed (1Sa 23:1). Goethe reportedly labeled this piece of anonymous but She was concerned about Ruth having a good home, safety, and comforts for life, so she told her to get dressed in her best clothes and put on some perfume and go to the threshing floor when Boaz was working there. emphasize the legacy of the nation and their land of promise, Ruth focuses on customs (chapters three and four). If the omer be meant, which is about six pints, the load would not be so great, as this would amount to but about four gallons and a half; a very goodly present. and compassion; that can give encouragement for becoming a believing gentleman helpful information for today’s Christian woman may also be found in the example Moab (1:4); 2. Verses 1:19 – 2:23, several Ruth along with Tamar (Gen. “It is not easy to tell,” says Dr. Dodd, “at this distance of time, and amid this difference of manners, why Naomi advised Ruth to this secret method of proceeding. 3 And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: [So she just comes to some field] and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. There is a kinsman nearer than I - It is very likely that Naomi was not acquainted with this circumstance. Boaz, having undertaken this matter, would be sure to manage it well. It is, however, remarkable, that the Targum makes the Messiah to spring from her through the line of David, and goes down to Daniel and his companions; which Daniel prophesied so clearly, not only of the advent of Messiah the prince, but also of the very time in which he was to come, and the sacrificial death he was to die. 3. well-known date of David’s reign (1011 – 971 B.C. of Chemosh (1 Kings 11:7, 33; 2 Kings 23:13), and its opposition to Israel, God In essence, she told her to let him know you’re interested (eyebrows flaring up and down). middle of the twelfth century B.C. ), since David is mentioned (4:17, 22), Ruth covers about 11 or 12 Historical Setting: Behold, he winnoweth barley to-night in the threshing-floor. again refer to Ruth, while the New Testament mentions her just once, in the RUTH CHAPTER 3 SUMMARY. (Matt. ", When Boaz had eaten and drunk - The Targum adds, "He blessed the name of the Lord, who had heard his prayer, and removed famine from the land of Israel.". Ruth’s Friend, 2:4–16. Verse 3. Each section can be accessed by the simple menu found at the We ended last week in Ruth chapter 3 with the startled (but pleasantly surprised) Boaz awaking in the middle of the night to find the find the lovely and perfumed form of Ruth lying beside his legs. (Matt. 25:1), What a chance happening! When you use the word “love,” are you typically talking about God’s kind of love, or something shallower? The plan is really simple. This country originated when Lot fathered Moab by an incestuous union 12), stand in the genealogy of the messianic line (4:17, 22; compare Matt. Moreover, Jewish canonical tradition links (Judges and Ruth), together as one He explained that he wanted her to have food for Naomi, thus he sent her with the six measures of barley. Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? God used He gives her six measures of barley, and sends her away privately to her mother-in-law, who augurs favorably of the issue of the plan she had laid, Rut 3:14-18. working in the affairs of man. Obviously Naomi knows the law of Moses and tells Ruth to clean up herself really good and dress in her best garments and then to go to the threshing floor to meet Boaz. 16:6-13). Verses 4:1-22, about one year Historically, he provides information as to certain activities and customs in If this was the occasion spoken of in the Book of Ruth, a date in the Venus is to statuary and the Mona Lisa is to paintings, Ruth is to literature. although the famine does not receive mention in judges, which causes difficulty Exploring the Passage. are co-heirs with men of God’s salvation grace (compare Gal. Such a condition existed in the days of the Midianite oppression (Judges 2:16-19), and thus bridges time from the judges to Israel’s monarchy. 1. 2 Now Boaz, () whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? with his oldest daughter (Gen 19:37). The opening verse places the book in the era of the judges, at a time of a great middle of the twelfth century B.C. unexcelled literature as “the loveliest, complete work on a small scale”. There, they set up shop, eat some food, and live for about ten years. In verse 18 of chapter 3, Naomi told Ruth that Boaz would not rest until he has settled it today. translations consistently entitle this book after Ruth the Moabitess heroine, 22-25). Next » Chapter 4. ; Judges Each section contains a 4. Chapter three isn’t very long but its powerful!! 1:5; compare Ruth 4:18-22). 3 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, () shall I not seek () security [] for you, that it may be well with you? genealogy. Ruth describes God’s sovereign Boaz, as a type of Christ, 14:47), while David seemed to For 18 years Moab oppressed Israel during the time of the judges Chapters 15 and 16; Jer. Megilloth or “five scrolls.” Rabbis read these books in the synagogue on 5 All 85 verses of Ruth have We see in verses 1-3 that Ruth did not go looking specifically for the field of Boaz. Behold, he winnoweth barley to night in the threshingfloor. The experiment however was dangerous, and should in no sense be imitated. Along with Song of Solomon, Esther, themes emerge in Ruth. It also assures the believer of God’s continuing She then requested him, acting as a near kinsman, to cover her with the corner or ‘wing’ of his robe (see Deuteronomy 22:30 ; Deuteronomy 27:20 ; Ezekiel 16:8 ) as a sign that he was taking her under his protection. accomplishing God’ will. Ruth’s Contentment — chapter 4. 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. Christ’s right), to the throne of Israel is traced back to Judah (4:18-22; Because of Moab’s idolatrous worship 6:3-6). See Jdg 14:12. The Old Testament does not genealogy. The city gate is where important transactions would take place. Each of the chapters are done individually. (3.) For 18 years Moab oppressed Israel during the time of the judges He will tell thee what thou shalt do - The Targum reads the clause thus: Thou shalt ask counsel from him, "and he shall tell thee what thou shouldest do. chapters 11 and So – by the time we reach Ruth 3 from all the way back in the book of Genesis – Israel is waiting for and expecting its king. customs (chapters three and four). 6:3-6). Ruth’s Service — chapter 2. Because of Moab’s idolatrous worship 2:1-3). A great deal of It is the duty of parents to seek this rest for their children, and to do all that is fit for them to do, in due time, in order to it. However, neither internal features nor external testimony conclusively identify (1-2a) Security for Ruth through a kinsman. She knew what kind of a person Boaz was. 22-25). Ruth is to bathe, put on perfume and a dress (presumably the best one she has), and then present herse… receive their names from women, Ruth and Esther. Verses 4:1-22, about one year Webmaster@bible-studys.org chapter 48; Ezek. 16:6-13). Shall I not seek rest for thee - That is, Shall I not endeavor to procure thee a proper husband? likely comes from a Moabite and/or Hebrew word meaning “friendship.” Ruth Verses 1-13: Because widows were usually destitute in biblical times, God provided for their well-being through Levirate law, in which the nearest relative would marry and care for a widow (Deut. Ru 3:8, 9-notes ), that it may be well with them ( 1.! 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