A parishioner, Ben Calisch, made a helpful connection between two narratives. The first is from Ruth’s account. Ruth 2 where we read:
So she sat down beside the harvesters, and he handed her some roasted grain, which she ate until she was satisfied. She kept what was left over.
Ruth receives abundant kindness. She is filled and still has more left over. Her cup runs over. Her Groom provides for her when she is hungry and needy and when she is full there is more.
In the Gospels, Jesus does the same as the new Boaz. In Mark’s account, after having fed 5,000 people, we read:
All of them ate and were filled. 43 Then the disciples picked up twelve baskets full of leftover bread and fish.
Like Ruth, the people were filled and there was leftover. Jesus provides exceedingly more than we can ask or think.
Here is a short section from our upcoming commentary on Ruth:
The Christian hope is very this worldly. It’s future worldly, but it’s not other-worldly. It’s this world that’s going to be redeemed. It’s this body that you’re in right now that you’re going to inhabit for all eternity. It’ll be transformed and glorified, but it’s your body that is going to be raised up on the last day. And that’s the Christian hope: that the very body that has borne the curse of sin will now bear the full weight of blessing and glory and splendor and majesty. And we’ll see how all this is worked out through this theme in the following chapters.
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.
Those who follow me on twitter may see several tweets with the hash-tag #Ruthproject. The Ruth project is a new work I am working with a fellow pastor from Birmingham. We are working on a commentary on Ruth. But this will not be just a normal, exegetical work, it is actually a pastoral and theological labor focusing on the nature and goal of redemptive history. We will focus on the content of Ruth’s majestic love story, but also detailing why Ruth serves as a miniature picture for all of God’s history.
We will offer a theological framework for how we are to look at redemptive history and how God is working in it. The commentary hopes to be practical, pastoral, and layman-friendly.
Here is a quote from the introduction:
What you believe about the future shapes how you live in the present. If your final expectation is just to go and dwell forever in ethereal heaven, compare what your world view and your practice would be to someone whose final hope is of dwelling in a renovated and perfected physical creation in a resurrection body.
Lord-willing we will be able to provide a manuscript draft to our publisher by the end of the summer. Our goal is to have it published by the Family Advance Conference in November.