During the Feast of Shavuot the Migellah of Ruth is read. One reason Ruth is read at this time is because it took place during the barley and wheat harvests (Passover-Pentecost time), Ruth 2:23, “So Ruth stayed close to the servant girls of Boaz to glean until the barley and wheat harvests were finished.” Shavuot is also known as the feast of later firstfruits. During the feast, the priest would wave two loaves of leaven bread before the LORD, one stood for the Jew and the other for the gentile. Ruth was a Moabitess, a gentile, but was adopted into the family of God. Like Ruth we Gentiles have been grafted into Israel and say, “Your people are my people and your God is my God!”
The Book of Ruth is about redemption! Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman redeemer or in Hebrew, go’el. In the Jewish Encyclopedia under (Go’el) it says that the “go’el became spiritualized as applied to the relations between God and Israel. God was regarded as the go’el of Israel, and as having redeemed him from the bondage of Egypt.” This is because we are reminded by Moses that it was the Lord Himself who redeemed the children of Israel from slavery: “So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with miraculous signs and wonders.” (Deuteronomy 26:8).
Passover is not complete until Pentecost. The last cup during the Passover Seder is Ex 6:7 “and I shall take you as my own people and I will be your God.” Passover is just the engagement, Pentecost is the marriage! God brings them to Mt. Sinai in chapters 19 and 20 of Exodus, and enters into a marriage contract with them by giving them the Ten Commandments (a ketubah). Now even though it shouldn’t have taken so long, the time it took for them to get from Egypt to Mt. Sinai was 50 days. This is significant because the number 50 symbolizes Jubilee (or new beginnings), and after 50 days a slave can be eligible to marry. Last week we read about Jubilee in the Torah portion.
Like the ancient Israelites, we know that it was God Himself who achieved final redemption from sin and death. God Himself, through Yeshua, who takes away the sin of the world. But our redemption is not yet complete! Pentecost is also know for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2. In Eph. 1:13 Paul says, “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession.” When is this final redemption? Messiah’s second coming!
Rev. 5: 1Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a scroll 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth [was worthy to] open the scroll or even look inside it. 5Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Like Boaz, Yeshua is our redeemer. God became flesh (our kinsman) so that he could redeem us with an outstretched hand. Only He is worthy to open the scroll and redeem us.
I would like to leave you with this blessing in Ruth 2:12, Boaz replied, ” …May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
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