Here is a little sample of our labors on Ruth; hopefully to be sent to the publisher before the end of the year:
Ruth also shows the world just what she needs. In a sense, in this book Israel is in the position of Naomi and Ruth. Where are Naomi and Ruth at the beginning of the book? They’re without a king; they’re without a husband; they are left desolate and destitute. The story of Ruth is proof that God will not abandon his covenant bride but will provide for her ultimately by giving to her a greater Boaz and a greater David, a greater Kinsman-Redeemer, and a greater King who will do in reality what Boaz and David could only do in type and in shadow.
Satan’s gifts are easy to master. They come with first grade instruction manuals. They are made to be mastered quickly and enjoyed rapidly (sex, drugs, alcohol; various temptations). God’s gifts are a little harder to master. They demand self-control and patience. They demand spiritual growth; they demand kingly attitude to grasp kingly wisdom. God’s instructions means you have to seek others in the community to understand them properly.
I am beginning a new series this Sunday on Ruth, which will take our congregation all the way until the Advent Season in late November. One brief observation to make is that Ruth is the eighth book in Scriptures, and though the table of contents are not inspired, yet it reveals that Ruth is indeed a new book for a new world. The eighth day is a new creation and Ruth offers a new hope to the kinglessness and Yahwehlessness of Israel in Judges. Whereas Judges 21 concludes with: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” Ruth concludes with “…and Jesse fathered David.” David, the new King will be Israel’s great hope.