Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. When he was done talking, I walked to get a drink at a building that was a distance away, behind some trees. Naomi’s husband and then two sons died. Ruth and Naomi. That welcoming of the powerless, of women, of the unwanted immigrant from Moab –- this is the tale used to launch the story of King David. was the Babylonian leader who conquered Judah about 600 BCE. So Naomi seeks to encourage Boaz to go further in his protection, by sending a prettified Ruth to his bed. She is not doing what is normal. Ruth 4 . May the Lord do thus and so to me, Sanctuary is more than a concept. No one is certain of the religion in Moab, probably they made sacrifices to the god Chemosh; there are rumors of occasional human sacrifice. 1 Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz. But God can … Their arrival was at the beginning of the barley harvest... a. This sermon continues the story of Ruth and Naomi as they return home to Bethlehem brokenhearted and uncertain of the future. There was one time … Or they have become close, close friends. After ten years in Moab, illness comes to the men in this family. The good news is: Ruth marries Boaz. This seems female to me – anyways the writer wants you to understand this is a story about the 11th century BCE. Maybe Naomi’s Hebrew faith appeals to Ruth. Older Naomi returning to her hometown with an unexpected dependent? The service was wonderfully received. Text: Ruth 4 . Today I cheated a little in the Bible readings. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly.’ (Deut 7:3-4) Even more specifically, Deuteronomy instructs the Jews: ‘No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. Mine is Ludington, Michigan. The lectionary then skips the next part of the story, when Boaz wakes up to find a strange woman in his bed, and asks her who she is, and Ruth practically proposes to him by saying ‘I am Ruth, your servant; spread your cloak over your servant, for you are next-of-kin.’ Boaz agrees, although there is a closer next-of-kin to Naomi who has first claim on Ruth in levirate marriage. They have two sons who will grow up and marry local Moabite girls – Ruth and Orpah. Chocolate is sometimes an … Uncover the relevant parts of his clothing and hers. Judah is the mothership of modern Israel. Maybe the Hebrew father-in-law and sons were wonderful husbands who opened Ruth’s eyes to better companions than she had ever known. He will be winnowing grain on the threshing floor. Naomi and her husband - Elimelech - both Hebrew - leave Judah to move to Moab where conditions are better. And, what was most important was that her words matched up to the heroic qualities of the other biblical figures I came to memorize and assimilate inside the pantheon of my young heart. The love between Naomi and Ruth is counter-intuitive, they are Jewish mother-in-law and Moabite daughter-in-law, and it demands great sacrifice from Ruth, who leaves her own country and her own people to accompany Naomi to Judah. First of all - This story is NOT typical Western Literature. No one would ask too many questions of a landowner like Boaz. The startling message here is that golden age of Hebrew nationalism did not start in purity and rules-keeping. Naomi has probably already explained local customs to Ruth. In verse 6 Naomi gets word that "the Lord has visited his people and given them food." by klamathfumc@gmail.com | Sep 30, 2017 | Articles | 0 comments. She’s been gone a long time. In contrast, the Book of Ruth not only shows a Moabite marrying a Jew and becoming the ancestress of King David, it also shows the commitment of this Moabite woman to the God of Israel, Yahweh, in her declaration to Naomi: ‘your people shall be my people, and your God my God. There is a huge and powerful message going on that says what’s wrong with society is foreign people, especially foreign women, lax morals, and lack of respect for the laws, rules, and customs of olden times. The Journey Back to Bethlehem Ruth 1:6-22 [6] Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. Amen. Posted on April 12, 2008 by admin February 7, 2017. Particularly this Semitic farming tradition, which they are going to need to exploit. But of course there were other nations and religions around them – the Hebrews were not the only culture in town. I recognize the interconnections of most of the roads and street; I know the sounds one would hear – the car ferry horn coming in and out of the harbor, whippoorwills at night, and the sound of Lake Michigan’s waves slapping the breakwater when one walks out to the lighthouse. It's the church in which Len and I met and then married. The story of Ruth has been told as a drama in four Acts. Good for me. This was this last Sunday’s service in the United Unitarian Universalist congregation in my town. Though they don’t know it yet, that union will produce a child who will be the … The park ranger described the paths one could choose to hike across the island. Our story thus far – our Heroines Naomi and Ruth have returned to Israel from the distant land of Moab. About 10 years before our story begins there was a famine in Judah. Naomi has observed that her husband’s cousin Boaz became successful while she was gone. One of the other nations was Moab. These two people want to get married -- and we don’t have clearly established laws about what to do. Like Esther, Ruth is a heroine, a woman who in the service of others behaves in a most indecorous and unladylike manner, and whose breach of propriety is blessed by God. If this ruse doesn’t work, Boaz has the power to do what he wants to an unprotected female. So, this is the Mediterranean. Some priests actually instruct Hebrew men who married women from other nations -- to divorce their foreign wives and get remarried to proper Hebrew women. This situation is new. Which sets the stage for the events in the next chapter b. Then I watched the movies I reference in the sermon. This leaves three vulnerable women in a dangerously patriarchal society (are there any other kind of patriarchal societies?) Second, the gift was a way of fulfilling the initial problem that we saw in Naomi. I recently preached on the topic of Integrity. Do you have to keep working and dealing when all you wanted was barley soup, a couple beers, and a long night dozing in your Barcalounger? Change ). Scholars can tell by how the writer lays out the story, that he or she - I am fascinated that two out of three adults in this story are strong, brave women. Ruth 1:1-18. September Sermon Series – Ruth, Chapter 4: This Is What Redemption Looks Like. In every case they will be conclusive, determining the genuineness of the life professed. This situation is not covered in the bazillion rules for Hebrew conduct. Naomi tells Ruth to sneak very late in the night onto the threshing floor, find her way around sleeping men until she finds Boaz. and more as well, Some things don’t change much. Reflecting on Ruth’s passionate promise of commitment to Naomi she writes: From earliest childhood, I remember one or another version of these passionate words. Ruth and Naomi are categorized as great heroes of the faith because of their survival. ( Log Out /  Ruth puts herself at some risk going gleaming alone, something that Boaz recognises when he tells her not to glean in another’s field, but to stay in his field where she’s safe because he has ordered his young men not to bother her. (Deut 23:3). Good Words for Today: December 27 Sunday, December 27. The two women move back to the heart of the Hebrew holy land where they work hard, think harder, live as upright lives as they can manage in desperate circumstances – which in turn catches the attention of a good and decent Hebrew man who welcomes them with respect - and extra grain. When the barley harvest is complete and the thrashing is done, it’s finally time to party down. 10/7/2018, Sanctuary: Safety or Invitation? When farmers harvest grain – it is custom is to drop some grain on the ground so that poor people can follow the workers to pick up that fallen grain. Ruth 1:1-19a Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and You. ( Log Out /  Her words at first appear foolish. Sermons from Ruth When Trouble Comes (Ruth 1:1-5) Back to Bethlehem (Ruth 1:6-22) How Providence Works (Ruth 2:1-3) The Gospel According to Boaz (Ruth 2:4-18) When God Comes Through for You (Ruth 2:19-23) Risky Business (Ruth 3) God Writes the Last Chapter (Ruth 4:1-12) Happily Ever After (Ruth 4:13-22) Latest blog posts . And that is how I got myself separated from all other humans who were going to be hiking across Bonaventure Island that day. 37:23. I had this sermon completed before Christmas because I wanted to not stress about it. We might call a friend and vent, or go for a long walk. Sermon for Williamstown. SERMONS ON RUTH. Naomi was not only in the right place, but she was also with the right people. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The day after Christmas I realized it wasn't "right." Partying in Judah 500 BCE means beer, food, revelry, and sleeping all night on the threshing floor - possibly because wives don’t want those stinky, drunk men coming home. She is accompanied by her daughter in law Ruth, who is a foreign born Moabitess, and has no resources of her own. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. She had a sincere spirit of servitude. In verse 18 of chapter 3, Naomi told Ruth that Boaz would not rest until he has settled it today. But, the ploy works. This 500-year discrepancy is important and we will talk about it later. Even to the tenth generation, none of their descendants shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord’. In Act 1 we meet some of the principle characters on the Highway, the road that leads from the country of Moab on the east of the Dead Sea to the town of Bethlehem in Judea. Ruth would want to know about Naomi’s God, and Naomi would be only too glad to tell her all she knew. So Naomi counsels Ruth to fix herself up--after all, the only way Boaz had seen her was covered in the dust and sweat of working in his fields. Hebrews did NOT esteem Moabite people at all. That’s the story. And, as a little girl, I appropriated the fierce loyalty, and the all-out loving commitment embodied by this passage, as an ideal towards which I could and should eagerly aspire … What mattered to me was that, finally, somewhere, in that big Holy Book, there were words uttered by somebody female to another somebody female. Sermon - The Story of Ruth & Naomi / Who We Welcome is Who We Are. Sign up here and I'll send you a short email whenever I post something new. Her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, go with her part way it seems, but then in verses 8–13 she tries to persuade them to go back home. Which character is you in the Ruth tale? Their first son is Obed. King David hits the scene about 1000 BCE; we are supposed to understand that Ruth is the great-grandmother of David. Today’s first reading is the opening of a short story from the Bible known as the Book of Ruth. The book of Ruth offers readers great insight into the importance of women to Israel’s history and the strength found in steadfast love. In verse 1, Boaz went up to the gate. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Sermon Study # 237 – SERVANT SPIRIT Illustrate the life of Ruth. They start to rebuild a temple in Jerusalem but nothing feels as “holy and inspiring” as their handed-down memories of life back when “people worked hard and lived moral and upright lives.”. Boaz proceeds to legally protect both Ruth and Naomi. Threshing floors were usually on a high hill. Maybe her family was so desperately poor she doesn’t want to burden them with her own hunger and needs. When Jesses grows up, he will have the little boy with the slingshot - who will become King David. Sermon Ruth 1:1-19a Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and You. Our text today is a family story. He kidnapped Hebrews to export them as slaves to other lands. Get them married off to the dead man’s brother. Ruth 3 shows us how God works through our choices to accomplish his will for our lives. But this Boaz isn’t just any random man favoring just any pretty woman. 24:19-21) (Ill. Verse 3 – Ruth’s coming into the field of Boaz was no coincidence! James Baldwin amazed me. Naomi's Attempts to Turn Back Ruth and Orpah. She served Naomi and served Boaz. Mariah Marlin-Warfield | Oct 13, 2019 | Sermons. Do you have to believe in your own longing for relationship? 2 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Let me go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor." Staring at the great obstacle in front of her, she pondered and pondered how to cross such a wide and mighty barrier. I took this single picture with my phone, capturing the affection we all feel for our friends and fellow-journeyers in our congregations. Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. Naomi sees how much barley Ruth is gleaning – she tells Ruth to ONLY glean in Boaz’ fields. Sanctuary isn’t the room where we wait for things to get better. if even death parts me from you!’. She knows Bethlehem and its families; who they are and how they are related. I have liked the Old Testament story of Ruth ever since I was a kid. Boaz sees her and recognizes that she is his cousin’s wife’s foreign daughter-in-law. ( Log Out /  I know a lot about how that town and how people are related. So they have to make up for themselves what is the proper thing to do –Boaz negotiates with the one guy is town how is closer by blood than himself – but do you see what they are doing? I wasn't sure what was wrong, but as I do when I'm looking for more than I have, I delved into quotes by people I think know what I'm trying to figure out. about Sanctuary: Safety or Invitation? Ruth 1:16-17 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge… I. Theology, pop culture, and other essential things. Curiously, this doesn’t apply to most of Jesus’ parables nor does it apply to this story about Ruth. She was left with her daughters-in-law - Orpah and Ruth. It is a story probably three thousand years old about a family in trouble, and I guess it’s because of this, that this story has such fascination for us even today. And there were probably also ‘exploitive to women sexual practices’ that were part of the Semitic religion in Moab. He did this for two reasons. There is no equivalently ardent declaration between Ruth and Boaz to compare with the one made by Ruth to Naomi; the word ‘love’ is only used of Ruth’s feelings for Naomi; and at the end of the story, when a male genealogy leading from Perez to David is given, in the midst of that masculinity, the women tell Naomi that Ruth ‘is more to you than seven sons’. Nebuchadnezzar (the II but who’s counting?) It’s a very, very great pity that the lectionary skips over most of it. Ruth is a book that challenges religious, ethnic and cultural prejudice. • Ruth asked Naomi to let her go to the fields of someone who will allow her and work, that they might have something to eat. Then we have Naomi seeking to find some security for them, by telling Ruth to approach her kinsman Boaz, washed, anointed, and dressed up, and to do whatever he tells her. The Reverend Charles Hoffacker. The young Buddhist yelled over to the Teacher, "Oh Wise One, can you tell me how to get to the other side of this river?”. 1) She made a choice. We should make people want to know what our religion really is, and then be ready to tell them. Sanctuary is Our Claim that Hope Can Become Truth. This is What Redemption Looks Like . We live in a time that is just as full of religious, ethnic and cultural prejudice as was Ancient Israel. A sermon on Ruth 3:1-18 by Russell Smith. Euphemisms are used, but what I said is what she did. Up until this time, people understood the presence of Yahweh in two ways. And here is another interesting thing. The story of Ruth is not the particular romance of Ruth … We don’t know: they, like Ruth, may end up being more to us than seven sons. and your God my God. Just as she was about to give up, she saw a Great Teacher on the other side of the river. a. Naomi had no more sons for her to marry. Naomi and Ruth settle in Bethlehem - Ru 1:22 a. Naomi, a woman without husband and sons b. Ruth, the Moabitess living in a strange land CONCLUSION 1. The Journey Back to Bethlehem Ruth 1:6-22 [6] Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. … She follows Naomi’s instructions even when they put her in definite danger, seeking Boaz out alone at night in extremely compromising circumstances. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. The men would remain with the grain overnight, so watch where he lays down to sleep, but don't let him see you! She knew what kind of a person Boaz was. We happened to be driving by earlier this year on a Sunday morning. What I would really like to do, except that we don’t have the time to do it, would be to read you the entire book. Boaz honors Ruth at dinner that night (Ruth 2:14) and conspires with his workers to ensure she gleans more than enough grain (Ruth 2:15-16). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The lectionary has cut out the part where Ruth, as widows were permitted to, has been gleaning among Boaz’s fields. Yet her loyalty honors God and God moves powerfully as a result of Ruth’s proclamation. There were very clear laws about how to deal with widows who don’t have sons. As far as Ruth knew, she was going back to Israel to die as a widow. The sting in the tail of this book comes at the very end of the reading: ‘They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.’ In other words, David the greatest ever king of Israel, had a Moabite great-grandmother. where you lodge, I will lodge; She was with the Israelites whom the Lord had blessed again and she was with Ruth whom the Lord was also blessing. Ruth says no, she’s not going back. He owns land and has farm hands. What a remarkable group, together unexpectedly because Ruth was … 2) She didn’t seek personal gain in her choice. People eat cheese and milk (Did one of the Tribes of Israel end up in Wisconsin?). The other place Yahweh resided was in religious rituals conducted by priests. Synagogues and temples are filled with greenery. Sermon Ruth 1:16-18 A Love Story. The readings we give us begin by telling us how the Jewish Naomi and the Moabite Ruth end up together in Bethlehem, two widows trying to survive. I have liked the Old Testament story of Ruth ever since I was a kid. In a book in which the story’s action centres on losing and gaining husbands, it is the relationship between two women that holds the meaning of the story. The stories we are most used to have one predominant character with whom we will probably identify. There is plenty of such prejudice in the Scriptures, but in books like Ruth the Bible is having an argument with itself. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!’ (Ruth 1:16-17) Ruth not only says that Naomi’s God will be her God, she makes her vow in the name of that God. Purity and spirituality grow out of living in loving-kindness in one’s family and community. The photo is of the sanctuary of Grace United Methodist in Chicago. I grew up observing Michigan adults, when they would meet each other, showing each other where they lived by pointing to some part of the mitten of their hand. Poet June Jordan beautifully describes the impact the Book of Ruth can make on girls. Sanctuary is our claim that the realm of God and goodness is here, now, in this time and place. Boaz wakes to discover he has spent the night with this woman – and he is not furious. Sermon: Woman to Woman, Ruth and Naomi. Boaz knows there is a closer cousin/uncle in Bethlehem who ought to marry Ruth. 3 During the time of their residence there, Elimelech died and Naomi was left with her two sons. b. Hesed is the Hebrew word for welcoming others, for living and giving generously, for treasuring the humanity in all the people we meet. I picked the that one he said was the easiest. Today I cheated a little in the Bible readings. They don’t have property or money; they are in danger of abject poverty – and as unprotected females – probably worse. (June Jordan, ‘Ruth and Naomi, David and Jonathan: One Love’, in Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible, p. Maybe she and Naomi have developed a mother-daughter relationship. Ian M. Densham. Naomi is realistically apprehensive about her own chances for a secure future, yet she allows this younger woman, against all that is common sense - to accompany her. And as Israel rebuilt after the Babylonian exile, those who had married foreign wives were commanded to repudiate them, and agreed: ‘So now let us make a covenant with our God to send away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.’ (Ezra 10:3). But first they have to unravel the custom of the time that says if a man dies without leaving sons to carry on his name and property – then his next closest male kin is obligated to marry the widow, produce children by her, and leave his property to those sons. Mules or oxen would crush the grain, they would remove the husk and winnow the grain. In order to feed herself and Naomi, Ruth goes off to glean in the fields – Lev. In case you were not raised drenched in Hebrew or Christian stories (I can’t riff on Star Wars…) – let me retell the tale of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. Here Ruth is about to place her faith in Jehovah [1:16], but Naomi thinks that Ruth is only concerned with worldly matters. On the other side of the Galilean Sea is Moab. That’s Naomi. In Deuteronomy the command was given to the people of Israel: ‘Do not intermarry with [Gentiles], giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for that would turn away your children from following me, to serve other gods. Boaz showed her favour and protected her from being harassed by his workers. Drupal is a registered trademark of Dries Buytaert. Every year, seven weeks after Passover, is the 1-day festival of Shavuot (sha-vooith) where receiving the Torah is celebrated. Many readers may have heard of Naomi when they heard a sermon on a person named Ruth in the Bible. Which means, where there are a bunch of drinking and celebrating men, who have probably just gotten their paychecks for the season – there will also be women who will offer sex for love, food, drink, and money. Ruth could be raped, strangled, and disposed of before the sun comes up. As far as I knew, they were the only memorable, and even startling, thoughts attributed to any woman in the Bible. Boaz and Ruth are married, and Ruth gives birth to Obed. Boaz, concerned for Ruth’s reputation, sends her away in the morning ‘before one person could recognize another; for he said, “It must not be known that the woman came to the threshing-floor.”’ He approaches the true next-of-kin, who relinquishes his claim to Naomi’s property when he finds Ruth is to come with it, Boaz telling him: ‘The day you acquire the field from the hand of Naomi, you are also acquiring Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead man, to maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance.’ Then the story ends with the rest of today’s reading. Dress nicely, put on your best perfume, and go to the threshing floor of Boaz. Except when they returned to their beloved land – it was different and parts of it were destroyed. The biblical story of David and Jonathan is a justly celebrated example of friendship; it is tempting to think that David inherited his capacity for inspirational friendship from his Moabite great-grandmother. November 8, 2015. They usually had rock floors. However, before Ruth left, Boaz filled her shawl with barley once again showing love toward Ruth and Naomi. Most people in my hometown are conservative, but I also know that once they know you, they are hugely generous and respectful. It IS a story of dangerous poverty, racism, and sexism – and what happened when good adults welcomed each other in an unsafe place and time. About a hundred years down the road from our Ruth story – little David will sling-shot his smooth little stones -- and kill the Philistine giant Goliath. Sanctuary is the space where we claim peace and justice, hope and love right now, among us. Therefore it is owing to God that Ruth left her home and family to follow and serve Naomi. Ruth proclaims her loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi. 2 And Ruth the Moabite 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.” 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. Orpah feels bad about this, but she leaves. 3. When I came back out, I couldn’t quite see what was a path and what was the field, so I walked back to where some people seemed to be hanging out. This story certainly illustrates the importance of making choices... a. When Naomi said she was "empty" she must have forgotten about Ruth. a. Orpah went back to her people. She knows something is up. Maybe Ruth and Naomi have become lovers and partners. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Down here at the curve of my hand was a skinny strip of land where the Philistines lived. In Judah is Bethlehem, the hometown of Naomi. 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