How could a young, widowed, destitute foreigner who found herself in a strange man's bed in the middle of the night be the Bible's example to us of God's relentless grace? That's what the Book of Ruth is all about. Ruth was an outsider's outsider. Yet she was strong, smart, capable, and utterly courageous. Her insistence and assertiveness brought redemption to her family and eventually the world.
This week we started by setting the context. Here are the slides we showed:
Also for context, we read Leviticus 25:23-25:
23 “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me. 24 And in all the country you possess, you shall allow a redemption of the land.
25 “If your brother becomes poor and sells part of his property, then his nearest redeemer shall come and redeem what his brother has sold.”
And Deuteronomy 25:5-10:
5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the dead man shall not be married outside the family to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her as his wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6 And the first son whom she bears shall succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. 7 And if the man does not wish to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to perpetuate his brother’s name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’ 8 Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, ‘I do not wish to take her,’ 9 then his brother’s wife shall go up to him in the presence of the elders and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face. And she shall answer and say, ‘So shall it be done to the man who does not build up his brother’s house.’ 10 And the name of his house shall be called in Israel, ‘The house of him who had his sandal pulled off.’ ”
Then we read the entire Book of Ruth, which you can read here.