A Time For Blessing

May 26, 2021

11 All the people who were at the city gate, including the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and your name well known in Bethlehem. 12 May your house become like the house of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring the Lord will give you by this young woman.”

Ruth 4:11-12

Written by Gayle Haywood from the Brentwood Campus

One of the most listened to men in the history of radio was American radio broadcaster, Paul Harvey. He was famous for his brief biographical narratives and human interest anecdotes and coined the phrase, “And now for the rest of the story.” The true but fairytalelike story of Ruth and Boaz, could have been one of Paul Harvey’s featured segments for it contains all the elements and drama, which make up an intriguing and captivating love story.

This week we have been reading about Boaz’s business acumen as he negotiates the sale and the purchase of Naomi’s land.

At the city gate, where legal transaction took place, Boaz successfully manages to redeem “from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to her husband, Elimelech, and sons Chilion and Mahlon” including Ruth and Naomi. By doing so, Boaz restores and continues the name of Elimelech throughout the generations and provide for these widows.

The elders and witnesses affirm this legal transaction by offering a three-fold blessing on Boaz and Ruth. A blessing, which is a public declaration of a favored status with God, endows power for prosperity and success.

In the first blessing, the elders ask God to make Ruth, extraordinarily fertile, like Rachel and Leah, whose children made up the 12 tribes of the nation of Israel.

In the second part of the blessing, the elders ask God to give Boaz standing in Ephrathah and fame in Bethlehem.

And finally, for God to give Boaz a family through his offspring like that of Perez, who descendants made up the prominent tribe of Judah. Read Genesis 38 to discover Perez’s “rest of the story.”

This story of Ruth becomes an unbroken extension of the larger covenant narrative rooted in Perez’s grandfather, Jacob, and his father, Judah. While easing Naomi’s and Ruth’s physical pain and need, God is also bringing about his purposes for the whole nation.

A story, which began with three grieving widows, in tragic circumstances, concludes with restoration and redemption and brings to them a joyous ending and re-establishes the Davidic lineage.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. The concept of blessing is used over 600 times in Old Testament scripture, but may be becoming a lost art in our culture. Consider writing a blessing for your child, your spouse or a friend. For ideas on how to write a blessing, read John Trent and Gary Smalley’s book, The Blessing, or for additional guidance visit their web-site, theblessing.com
  2. If you are a man, have a son or grandson, pray you and he will be a man of valor, respect and integrity, like Boaz. If you are a woman, have a daughter or granddaughter, pray you will be a woman of loyalty and faithfulness, like Ruth.
  3. God is at work in your life, too. Keep a journal of your faith history. Write down the first thing you regard as sign of God intervening in your life. Keep adding anything you would classify as a God-event. This will make a great gift for your descendants.

Missions Prayer
Pray for the work of Hope for the World Partner ministry Welcome Home, an important tool in the battle against addiction. Pray for the continued recovery and spiritual growth of the clients they serve. Pray for continued success in their mission to enter worlds of brokenness in order that all might experience wholeness in Jesus Christ.

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