SHAQAT

The Hebrew verb “SHAQAT” is rather fascinating. It makes it’s OT debut in Genesis 6 describing the earth which has become corrupt (Gen. 6:11-12). And then God immediately uses it to describe what He is going to do to the world. He’s going to “destroy” all flesh (6:13, 17). And eventually, He vows never to…

Naomi in Egypt

When Naomi describes her situation as “bitter” (Ruth 1:13, 20) she is like Israel in bondage, a slave in a foreign land (Ex. 1:14). But if the bitter herbs of Passover are meant to recall that bitter service (12:8), then there is a kind of bitterness of heart before the Lord which is the prelude…

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 4

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we come to you now in faith, believing that this is your Word and that by the power of the Spirit it will not return to you void. Make these your words food for our souls, strengthen us, correct us, turn us to you that we might know real joy, real…

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 3

IntroductionWe’ve been introduced to the mighty man, Boaz, the redeemer of Naomi and Ruth, and now we see more of Ruth and her might. The Levirate LawThe salvation that Boaz brings to Elimelech’s family is based upon a specific provision in the Old Testament law called the “levirate law.” This provided for a family of…

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 2:1-23

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you that you have sent your only Son to be our life and light. We thank you that you have also given us His Spirit. Grant us grace now to hear your word rightly, to love you more fully, and to walk faithfully before you. IntroductionWe considered the sharp…

Bethlehem in Uproar

When Naomi and Ruth return to Bethlehem, the whole city is in an “uproar” because of them (1:19). The word for “uproar” is used to describe armies in panicked confusion (Dt. 7:23), the shouts that accompany the ark of the covenant (1 Sam. 4:5), the acclamation of a king (1 Kg. 1:45), and the noise…

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 1:7-22

Opening Prayer: Our Father, I ask that you would be with us now by your Holy Spirit, your Word is sharper than any two-edged sword, and therefore we ask that you would cut us open. Reveal our hearts, expose our sins, and make us more like Jesus that we may share in his life and…

Twenty-Third Sunday in Trinity: Ruth 1:1-6

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we come now before you because we are hungry. We live in a land that is growing more and more barren. We live in a land of famine, and therefore we ask for you to feed us. You gave bread to your people in the wilderness, and you have given us…

A Kahyil Woman

So here’s something cool: As it turns out, the book of Ruth is the story of a Moabite woman named Ruth and her Hebrew mother in-law Naomi. To this point everyone’s in the know. But read on. In the course of the story, Ruth approaches Boaz in the middle of the night and asks him…