“When Ruth encountered Boaz, she held him to his own words. Boaz had said that she had come to find refuge under the Lord’s wings. That memorable night Ruth asked Boaz, as the redeemer, to take her under the protection of his wings. (The same Hebrew word is used as in 2:12, but most English translations render it as skirt in 3:9).” (C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 115. © 1978. Paideia Press).
The Wednesday night Bible study/prayer time at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on Ruth 3.
“Ruth, who had vowed to Naomi that ‘Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God’ (Ruth 1:16), came to the Lord of Israel, under whose wings she sought refuge (Ruth 2:12). How striking! Here is a daughter of Moab acting like Abraham!” (Warren Gage, “Ruth and Gibeah,” The Westminster Theological Jounal, Vol, 51, No. 2., 1989, p. 374).
Yes, Ruth is a beautiful story. But it is more than that. Its account of God’s dealing with the Moabitess challenges you also to seek the protection of his wings, to come to the Messiah who would one day be born of Ruth’s line.
Tonight’s Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church focuses on Ruth 2.
The last five chapters of Judges form a pair of grim appendices to that book. The tiny, four chapter long, book of Ruth can be seen as a third appendix, or better a hinge or transition to the books of Samuel and Kings. The book focuses on God’s sovereign care, but also outlines the ancestry of David, and, above all, illustrates the vital work of the kinsman-redeemer.
“…Is Ruth simply functioning in this story as an example of loyalty and devotion to family? No! A thousand times no! Ruth clings to Naomi, Ruth vows to go where Naomi goes, to lodge where Naomi lodges because in clinging to Naomi, in embracing Naomi, in holding fast to Naomi, Ruth is clinging to God! She is clinging to the Kingdom of God. She is clinging to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. She can do no other. She has been apprehended by the grace of God.” (Bryan Schroeder, “The Faith of a Foreigner,” Kerux, Vol. 13, No. 2, Sept. 1999).
It is a sweeping, life-encompassing commitment the Lord expects from you. But with it goes the assurance that the Lord will be your God, never abandoning or neglecting you.
The Bible study this evening at Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC, focuses on Ruth 1. A time of prayer follows. You are welcome to join us.