An amazing prophetic passage from Ruth…

A day or two ago I was enjoying again the Book of Ruth.  I’ve read it dozens of times, but saw a passage in a whole new light yesterday…

The overarching picture in the story is of Yeshua, the Kinsman-Redeemer, buying back that which is His.  Certainly, we all understand the deeper significance of Ruth saying,

“Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”

We see her desire, even staid intent, of being grafted in.  She joins herself to Israel and Israel’s Elohim/God.  In doing so, she accepts a destiny, a land, a culture, a future and of course, Almighty God.

So, what new piece really hit me the other day?  You are going to love this!

Let me put the whole passage in here, then we can go back and break it down from a prophetic point of view.

Ruth 2:8-15,

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw.” 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11 Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know. 12 May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” 13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and indeed have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”

14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers; and he served her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied and had some left. 15 When she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her.

Boaz, of course, is the picture of our Kinsman-Redeemer, Yeshua.

Ruth is a picture of the foreigner who comes and bows before the King of Israel and receives instruction, blessing and covering.

Let’s walk through the passage verse by verse and enjoy the dripping imagery.

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids.

‘Listen carefully.’  Shema!  Listen and DO!  Is that not our daily reminder to walk uprightly according to the commandments?  Boaz tells Ruth, ‘Listen and do!  Do NOT go glean in another field…”

Yeshua is our all sufficient One.  He tells us, ‘Do not go glean in another field.’  Deuteronomy 12: 29-31 clearly teaches that we are NOT to worship as the pagans do, in essence, gleaning in their field.  We are to keep the Sabbath and the feasts of Yahweh as well as eat clean as He commanded.

He entreats us to ‘Stay!’  We stay with His people.  Nowhere does Scripture EVER say that Israel comes to the Gentiles and their God or Messiah…  It is ALWAYS the Gentiles being grafted into Israel.  Do we know and REALLY understand what it means to be grafted into Israel?  And, there is safety in staying!!  Just read Hebrews chapter 6!

Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw.”

Yeshua enjoins us to not even cast our eye onto ‘other fields.’  And certainly, we are not to ‘go after them.’

The servants of His physical household are not necessarily kind to the foreigner…  However, that time is coming when the two sticks will be brought together and Jew and Gentile become one in Messiah.

The latter part of this verse is really neat…  Living water?  The Jars?  We see shades of Messiah as the source of water as well as a little shadow of His work at Cana.

10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

Our response is to bow and ask in amazement, “Why have I found favor in Your sight that You should take notice of me, since I am a sinner?”  We deserve nothing.

11 Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.

Yeshua told us that to be truly joined to Him we need to leave father and mother, houses, etc…  On a deeper level, we can not be joined to Him until our husband dies.  This allusion is to the covenant of marriage wherein we leave our pagan ways and are betrothed to Him.  See The Lost Sheep for an in depth look at Israel, how she was betrothed, divorced and then Yeshua had to die in order to release her from her original covenant to pursue and remarry her…

12 May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”

Two passages immediately come to mind:  Psalm 91:1-4 and Malachi 4:2.  Both particularly deal with the shelter and healing we have in/under the wings, the Kanaph, of the Most High!  The larger context is relevant as well.

Yahweh promises to reward those who pursue Him in spirit and truth.  Torah is life and with it comes blessing and protection.

13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and indeed have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”

Yeshua does speak kindly to us and we find favor in His sight, even though we are the sheep of a different flock.  He, being the Good Shepherd, is leading us to be one flock with One Shepherd.  Read Ezekiel 37:24-28!!  (That is our future in Messiah!!  Bet you haven’t heard those two passages put together in a meaningful sermon in the church…)

14 At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers; and he served her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied and had some left.

Yeshua calls us to come to Him, the Bread of Life and eat.  Even more beautiful, the passage says, Boaz (Yeshua) served her.  This appears to be taking place near the beginning of the barley harvest (Ruth 2:17 and 23) which coincides with Passover/First Fruits!!

She ate and was satisfied!!  In Yeshua we have fulness of satisfaction, but there is a picture of the future satisfaction and blessing of the Kingdom when we come under the shelter of His wings (Kanaph).

15 When she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her.

Here again is a picture of our being joined to Him, His people and His protection as we are made equal members of the household of faith, one flock under One Shepherd.

Much more here and in the following verses, but I pray this has been a blessing and challenged you to dig deeper!!

Shalom!!

About Pete Rambo

Details in 'About' page @ natsab.wordpress.com Basically, husband of one, father of four. Pastor x 11 years, former business and military background. Micro-farmer. Messianic believer in Yeshua haMashiach!
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1 Response to An amazing prophetic passage from Ruth…

  1. Connie says:

    I have come to The Bread of Life. I have eaten and am full to overflowing with Love.and satisfied. I will stay under His shelter. There is none other. Amein.

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