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The Book of Ruth

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Introduction

Ruth is a story about loyalty, love, and faith. The simple love story is a key to understanding the plan of God for love, and marriage as revealed in the scripture. So simple, yet so powerful when understood, this book is dedicated to the scriptural explanation of Right Man/Right Woman as related from the perspective of Right Woman. (Keil & Delitzch) The book of Ruth is the story of Right Man/Right Woman from the perspective of the woman. The dedication of the book to the subject of the right woman in Israel is a significant part of the Old Covenant (Old Testament). Right woman is an important doctrine because the people of Israel were symbolically the wife of God (Jehovah). In this Israel was the right woman, and the Lord was the right man. This love relationship was the most important relationship and became the most important commandment: ''and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might(( (Deut: 6:5, 11:13). ...read more.

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(2) Ruth had been barren for several years in Moab before her husband Mahlon died. Later, as the wife of Boaz, (So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son( (Ruth 4:13, NRSV). The Lord was regularly petitioned to answer prayers on their behalf (Ruth 1:8-9; 2:12; 4:11-12, NRSV). The blessing from the Lord was invoked on behalf of faithful people (Ruth 2:4, 19-20; 3:10, NRSV). Ruth and Boaz committed themselves to carry out their responsibilities in light of God(s fidelity (Ruth 1:17; 3:13 NRSV). Boaz commended Ruth for seeking refuge under the wings of Israel(s God (Ruth 2:12, NRSV). Clearly God would always act responsibly and carry out his plan. The question was whether the people in the Book of Ruth would respond in a responsible manner. ...read more.

Conclusion

Boaz performed an act of hessed when he went beyond the bounds of what was required of him in marrying Ruth. It appears then that Ruth is a parable, and a worthy forerunner of the parables of Jesus. Its purpose will be to awaken the people of God to their high privilege and responsibility. (Herbert, 316) The book of Ruth is important to the people of Israel, and the reason for preserving was to show a good example of how traditions are important, how people are forgiven for their sins. It illustrates the power God has when one believes in him. The result is a beautiful story of how God works through the hesed (loyalty) of two women, Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. The story was probably composed later than the period of the United Kingdom, but it surely is consonant with the spirit of the age of Solomon. Ruth follows God because she learns and understands what he could, and he did do for her because of her faith. (Anderson, p. ...read more.

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