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Ruth 2:1-3 “Now her husband Elimelech had a kinsman, a powerful man, and very rich, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” So she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she found herself working in a field belonging to Boaz.
Ruth 2:8-12″ So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with my servant girls. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the girls. I have told the men not to touch you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.” At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me-a foreigner?” Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband-how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 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.”
Ruth4:9-10,13 “ Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records. Today you are witnesses!” So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.”
At this site, Boaz is described as “a man of great wealth” (Ruth 2:1, NAS). However, the Hebrew is much more descriptive. He was, ly!j^ rwB)G! vya! (‘ish gibbor chajil): vya! (‘ish) (man, right man), rwB)G! (gibbor) (heroic, mighty, noble), ly!j^ (chajil) (efficiency, wealth). Thus, the better translation is “a great, noble leader.” Boaz was an aristocrat and entrepreneur with not just management skills but leadership ability. He had great ability as an agriculturist. He managed a large estate. He would be able to manage a large corporation today.
His leadership ability as revealed in the book of Ruth was magnificent. He managed women in the workplace, established policy on sexual harassment, managed an estate, and was a brilliant lawyer. He is one of those rare and gifted leaders, who because history dealt him no crisis, never became famous. If one can imagine what great leaders like Douglas McArthur or Napoleon would have been without a war, such was Boaz, whose sole claim to fame is that he was one of the greatest husbands who ever lived.
Boaz was also a mature believer. Unlike others who married for convenience, Boaz waited for his right woman and spent the time advancing to spiritual maturity. The path that his right woman took to reach him is a testimony to his spiritual advance in the grace of God. When Boaz finally met his right woman, he was probably 50 years old. He was waiting faithfully for God to fulfill His promise when he saw Ruth working in his field. The Lord brought Ruth to him per the divine order of precedent.
In looking at the character of Boaz, this site says that The Lord was an important part of his daily life. He thought often about the Lord, spoke freely of the Lord, and allowed the Lord to be a part of his everyday business dealings. Listen to him greet his reapers in the field. “May the Lord be with you,” he said. And they responded, “May the Lord bless you” (Ruth 2:4). To Ruth he declared, “May you be blessed of the Lord, my daughter” (Ruth 3:10). And again, “I will redeem you, as the Lord lives” (Ruth 3:13). All the people who attended his wedding acknowledged his dependence upon God for his future posterity: “May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel” (Ruth 4:11).
It looks as though Boaz is getting more interested in this lovely woman as the day goes on. At mealtime he invited her to join him and his reapers for lunch, and he made sure she was served all that she wanted.”
Later, Naomi helps set up a meeting between Ruth and Boaz where she asks him to be her “kinsmen redeemer” and marry her. For more details on that, you can read about my blog post on Ruth and Boaz’s love story here.
You can read about my blog post on Ruth here.
Ephesians 1:5-6 “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
A guest blog spot by my friend, Ryann of Woolen Wishes for Baby, who requested this colorway in honor of her daughter who joined their family via adoption.
Almost 2 years ago, my family completed one of the most difficult journeys we have faced yet. We bought our third child home. After over 2 years of battling we had our final child. Our battle was not infertility, but mountains of paperwork, and the legal systems of 2 countries. Our daughter Maya is a Guatemalan adoptee.
We fought for our daughter, we went through heartaches and headaches. We cried, and finally, in February 2007, we rejoiced when she was placed in our arms for the first time.
It amazes us still to this day that God created this child, thousands of miles away, that fits perfectly into our family. She was meant to be our child! She has the same curls as our biological daughter, her personality fits our family dynamic perfectly.
In this verse, adoption as sons refers to God taking us into his family. We are now able to inherit His kingdom. I remember when we were finalzing Maya’s adoption here in our state, and we were told that now she was an equal to our biological children in the eyes of the law, and we were to care for her as our own flesh and blood. Of course, although she is not biologically our child, she was born in our hearts, and equal in our minds from the time she was born. I do not see Maya as our “adopted child”, simply as our child. All that are children of God are equal in his eyes.
God wants us in his family. We have been adopted into the kingdom of Heaven, just as Maya has been adopted into our family. God rejoices as one of his children accepts salvation and joins His family, just as my family rejoiced when Maya joined our family.
If you would like to read in detail about our journey to bring Maya into our family, please read our blog–
Deuteronomy 16:13-15 “Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be joyful at your Feast–you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.”
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Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות or סֻכּוֹת, sukkōt ; “booths”, also known as Sukkos, Succoth, Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles), is a Biblicalpilgrimage festival that occurs in autumn on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (late September to late October). The holiday lasts seven days, including Chol Hamoed. In Judaism it is one of the three major holidaysShalosh Regalim (three pilgrim festivals), when historically the Jewish populace traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem. known collectively as the
The word Sukkot is the plural of the Hebrew word sukkah, meaning booth or hut. The sukkah is reminiscent of the type of huts in which the ancient Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. During this holiday, Jews construct and reside in sukkot small and large. Here families eat their meals, entertain guests, relax, and even sleep. The other key and unique observance of the festival is the daily (other than on Shabbat) waving of the Arba minim, or four species, consisting of the lulav, etrog, hadassim and aravot.”
Psalm 37:4-6 “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
Created as a custom for a special customer. She’s such a neat gal, and I’m glad I’ve gotten to “know” her. She and her husband have been hoping to add another member to their family for quite a while. And recently, she found out she was expecting again. She was so excited. They were simply overjoyed. Yet, the elation didn’t have a chance to last long as she ended up miscarrying. It’s been a tough time for them. To want a baby so bad, to become pregnant and then to lose it, all within a matter of weeks. It can be a hard season, for sure. Yet she’s really relying on the Lord for strength. In fact, she had some verses that have really meant a lot to her in this time. I will copy some of what she shared with me.
” Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
These verses are a total encouragement to me, especially at the time of my miscarriage. They helped me to keep my focus on God’s will, rather than my own will. People are amazed at my “recovery” after my miscarriage; but I just tell them that God has replaced my grief with an unmistakable, unbelievable peace & happiness.
4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
And these verses remind me of God’s promise. If we commit our way to the Lord, our desires become His desires. And he will give these to us.”
God knew her desires. He still knows them. Though there are hard times, He can replace our sorrow with joy. And because He loves us and desires the best for us, when we delight in Him, He will give us our “heart’s desire.”