Practical Living: Turn Arounds, Part 3 – Ruth (#859)
Having previously looked at some records of turnarounds, specifically those of Ahab, Hezekiah and Paul; today we’ll look at the record of Ruth. Ruth was a woman who at that time in her culture had most everything going against her: she was a widow among widows, away from her family, during a famine. Yet she saw great deliverance and success.
Taught by Bruce Mahone on 20141019. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Ruth 1:1-18; (ch. 2-4) 4:13-22: Ruth chose the true God. Kinsman redeemer. Mat. 1:5.
(Ruth 3:7) There is an orientalism (eastern cultural custom) is this verse – They drink at the end of a meal (coffee or milk), this does not necessarily mean liquor. Threshing floors are always on a high, rocky place. Oxen and buffalo walk on the grain to crush it down. The mouth of the ox should not be muzzled. The laborer is worthy of his hire. This work is always done at night by moonlight. No women are allowed on the threshing floor at night. The owner comes and sits on a pile of corn in the corner.
(Ruth 3:9) There is an orientalism (eastern cultural custom) is this verse- She lay down at his feet as a sign of submission, surrender. She was asking him to redeem her, marry her. She asked him to spread his mantle (not skirt) over her. In doing so, he was showing protection, promising to marry her.