The OC Daily Minute

The OC Daily Minute

July 21, 2017

3:14-18 Another thing to Boaz’s credit, what he did was not easy. From a strictly instinctual view point, he’s an older guy who has a beautiful, young, and reputable woman throw herself at him and beg him to marry her. He could have. He could have married her and had her as his wife. He clearly cares for her. From the day they met he gave her extra food, and in this…

July 20, 2017

Ruth 3:14-18   Ruth listened to Naomi and did exactly what she said. She wandered into his house after dark. She made her proposal. She woke him up and began begging him to help her. Boaz sees Ruth’s proposal and immediately does the right thing. He doesn’t condemn her, he doesn’t gloat, instead, he humbly thanks her and tells her the way she is going about this is…

July 19, 2017

Ruth 3:1-5   This is where the story tends to get a little confusing. Ruth goes back to  Naomi and Naomi’s advice for her is not the greatest. She tells Ruth to get cleaned up and attractive. Some people will say this is like David after his period of mourning. Yet, this also closely resembles the prostitute in Proverbs who leads men astray. So there are mixed…

July 18, 2017

Ruth 2:1-23   Before we move any further in the story we’ve got to stop and talk about Boaz. We were introduced to Boaz a while earlier in the book and we see him as a very admirable person. He’s got a good business. He’s got a farm. He’s employing a number of people. He brings out lunch for them and he prays with them, praises with them, and shows God to all of…

July 17, 2017

Ruth2:19-23   In these verses, Naomi realizes who it was that showed such great generosity to Ruth. They finally know what we learned verses back that Boaz was actually one of the men legally responsible for helping and aiding Naomi in her struggles.     Redeemers in the Old Testament were close family members who were responsible for doing two things. First,…

July 14, 2017

Friday 2:17-18 She came home that first day with about a 5-gallon bucket’s worth of wheat. It was definitely a lot. It was about two weeks worth of work. A great deal of this came from the two bushels that Boaz left out for her. However, she worked hard. She earned it. Yet, she didn’t treat herself. She didn’t go home with a big old bag full of grain and run into the…

July 13, 2017

Ruth 2:14-16   When it came time for everyone to eat, Boaz invited Ruth to eat with his workers. He invited her with them, and she sat eating until she was full. It even says she took a little extra. Boaz, again seeing how hard she worked told his men to give her some extra to take with her. He told them to look after her and not to rebuke her.   At this point,…

July 12, 2017

Ruth 4:8-13   You’ve got to admire Ruth by now. She was born into a crappy family, married up into a slightly less crappy situation that quickly got crappier, only to have to make a really hard trip to a really strange place to do really hard work for minimal returns.   She didn’t give up though. She didn’t cry about how bad it was, she didn’t wallow in…

July 11, 2017

Ruth 2:4-7   The first day Ruth was out gathering from the fields, Boaz, the man we learned of earlier, comes out to the field to greet the people who harvest for him. Clearly, from the fact that he has land and a field and enough that he isn’t working it but paying others to work it, we know Boaz was rich. Not well off, rich. He comes out talking to all his farmers…

July 10, 2017

Ruth 2:1-3   Upon arriving back in Israel, Naomi and Ruth needed to find food and shelter. Right at the beginning, the narrator includes us in on something Ruth and Naomi do not know yet. He tells us that Naomi has a “redeemer” who is close by and owns a number of fields. Naomi and Ruth, unaware of this fact, come up with a plan to get by. Ruth, obviously much…

July 7, 2017

1:8-22   At this part in the story, most people will say Ruth was this amazing woman who saw the faith Naomi had and couldn’t help but stay by her side. I don’t think so. Naomi was the woman who knew God at one time, sure, but she her and her family had been gone from his presence for over a decade. Naomi never took her daughter in laws to the temple. They never…

July 6, 2017

Ruth 1:6-7 One of the saddest verses in this book is often overlooked here. Noami, now having lost her husband from the famine, and have lost her sons from the famine, in this strange land that they escaped to because of the famine, hears that God was faithful to his people. While the world around Israel was suffering and facing famine “the Lord had visited his people and…