July 27, Reading 1 – Ruth 2

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SAA Notes

Boaz is one of Ruth’s kinsmen-redeemers. This was a precious relationship that the Lord made sure was clearly understood by Israel. As Boaz is to Ruth, so Jesus is to us. He is our kinsman-redeemer. It is His right and privilege to redeem His own!

SJA Notes

“The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

While Israel is still without a king, people doing what is right in their own eyes, Ruth is a story of hope. Wonderful hope.

You can see with Naomi’s words in verse 22 and Boaz’s in verse 9 that even in the Israelite communities at this time it was a dangerous place.

However – Boaz is a man who loves the Lord, and knows the Lord.

“… Under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

In Psalm 91 verse 4 we read,

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;”

And in Psalm 61 verse 4 we read,

“Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!”

If we think about the command to teach the next generation of the Lord and what He has done, we can see that Boaz has been taught about the Lord.

Psalm 91 is generally attributed to Moses as writer. So at least one or two hundred years previously Moses was teaching the next generation to take refuge in the shelter of God’s wings.

And Psalm 61 was written by David.

David was Boaz’s great-grandson. It is very possible that young David sat on his great-grandmother’s knee and heard her sing or recite in memory-verse these wonderful truths. His great-grandmother Ruth, who heard it from her soon-to-be-husband Boaz.

Truths which were passed down from Moses generations before, Moses who knew God face-to-face, whom God spoke with and passed on His word.

This! This is what we are about. Seeking God’s face. Living out the reality of taking shelter in His wings, like a chook with her chicks. We are to teach our little ones, the next generation, these truths.

Deuteronomy chapter 11 verse 19 clearly details what we are to do with God’s words,

“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Amen!

* God Above,

Thank You for Boaz, who teaches us of the refuge we are to take in You, in the shelter of Your wings.

Thank You that You are our rock and our defender, our ever-present help in trouble.

Lord God, please write Your word on our hearts today. Please teach us what You would have us know today. Please Lord God, please save those around us, bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus, You God the Son, as King and Saviour.

Amen.

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