In this episode we dive again into the depths of Types and Shadows. This time we address the Book of Ruth. This book is full of symbolism for Christ and the church. When we come to understand how we are Ruth and Boaz is Jesus, we can better understand our role we have to play both with Jesus and with the church (his household). Let’s look at some of the Jewish laws and historical events which led to this story and how it seems very familiar if we just do a little self-examination.
The Book of Ruth
Elimilech and Naomi have two sons:
Mahlon – whose name means sickly and
Chilion – meaning failing or dying.
Moab – A land cursed by God.
Descendants of Lot’s incest.
God commands Israel to shun them: Deuteronomy 23:3-6 (also in Ezra 9, Nehemiah 13)
God goes after the Moabites again in Isaiah 15-16, Jeremiah 48-49, Ezekiel 21,25, and Zephaniah 2:8,9.
Death – Enters the family via a choice to move into a cursed land among a cursed people.
Ruth – She is a product of sin and a victim of death. Separated from God. Her name means “friend”. (John 15:15)
Boaz obeys the Law. Exampled here by the Law of gleaning – Leviticus 23:22
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. – Isaiah 11:10
Naomi suggests Ruth appeal to the Levirate Marriage law – Deuteronomy 25:5-6
This is successful in Ruth 3:7-11.
Just as we are married to another: Romans 7:1-4
The blessings of Bethlehem:
1) May Yahweh make this woman like Rachel and Leah. (May the bride be fruitful)
2) May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem (May the groom be powerful, honored and revered)
3) May your house be as the house of Pharez – The House of Judah line of kings. (May your house be kingly in service)