What Ruth Knew
Updated: Aug 11, 2022
When we think about the book of Ruth, we automatically can pinpoint a love story of marriage and justification by redemption. Many people have even pointed out that Ruth’s story is a mirror to the gentile’s being grafted into the sheepfold and used for Yah’s glory (and it is!). There are a ton of breakdowns and revelations found in it, but consider the following… what did Ruth know? We know how the story goes, Naomi’s family, her husband, and 2 sons- move to Moab amidst a famine that struck the land of Jerusalem (Bethlehem). During their stay there Naomi’s sons find wives for themselves among the Moabite women. Shortly after this Naomi’s husband dies and then her sons pass away as well. Both of Namoi’s daughters-in-law are given the opportunity to go back the way they came and return to their father and mother’s home, to find new husbands. Naomi even urges them to do this, as she is left feeling anguish and punishment for the bitter losses of her husband and sons. One of the daughters indeed decides to go back to the familiarity and lifestyle she had known prior to her marriage to Naomi’s son; while Ruth, on the other hand, won’t take no for an answer. She is animate about clinging to Naomi and going back to Bethlehem in the city of Jerusalem. A place she never visited but somehow knew she must relocate to.
So just what did ruth know. Luke 10:8 tells us that “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them the kingdom of God is near.” I believe this is what Ruth experienced. The Spirit of Ha’mashiach (Christ) was with the
men of Judah and their mother. They brought with them a certain peace, taught their wives about the living God whom they served, and showed just how close family ties meant to them and their God. We can all suppose that the two women were loved in a manner that helped make them feel complete, at least that’s the impression I get from Ruth’s urgency to stay close to the people and place her deceased husband hailed from. Let’s break this down…
Okay, Luke 10:8- right, what do the Gospels have to do with the book of Ruth, an event that took place generations prior to the birth of the messiah? The word of Yah is everlasting and does not change. I did some digging, check this out. The first part of Luke 10:8 says, “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you”. Naomi and her family went to the town of Moab and were welcomed, they settled there, and her sons ended up marrying two women who belonged to that city. “Eat what is before you”. This is a layered meaning- something Yah loves to do, is show us what he wants us to do in the natural with a spiritual context. We can reference this part of the Gospels by taking a look at the book of Acts… we see here that the
meaning eat can be related to converting a people- in acts chapter 11 peter explains his actions in verse 7 he states “Then I heard a voice telling me to Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” he was given a vision in the spirit of what the Most High wanted him to execute in the natural and that was bringing the good news to Cornelius (a gentile) to save him and his family. *PAUSE* Peter’s name means Stone or Rock in the Greek “Petra”, and before his betrayal that ended up becoming a sacrifice for us; Yahusha tells him on this rock he will build his assembly. That was in relation to the conversation being had, one of Yahusha revealing himself to peter. So, if Yahusha has revealed himself to peter whose name reveals this will be the sign of the true assembly of Yah, the revelation of his son then we can also understand the sons of Yah (the disciples) are called to kill and eat, conquer and consume (convert)- winning souls over to the spirit of Yah through the direction and instruction that the holy spirit gives – this even goes back to Torah! The people of Yah were called to be an example in the land that they were going to possess (conquer)! But they didn’t understand that Yah was directing them to do this for a reason greater than themselves…for his glory.
Okay, let’s get back to Ruth… so we know that the men of Judah went to Moab, and we can safely say now that they conquered and consumed the two women who became their wives.
Moab: a land just short of the Promised Land a place that Yah told the Israelites to go through in order to inherit their land. The people of Moab were idol worshippers and practitioners of sexual immorality, the very practices that the 12 tribes were strictly told to shun. Numbers 25:1 “While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with the Moabite women”
Luke 10:8 “...Heal the sick who are there and tell them the kingdom of God is near.” sin is a sickness. We can see this even in our very own lives. It’s a virus that can spread rather quickly. I remember I once watched a movie about Ruth, probably dated in the 80s or 90s…it portrayed her as a woman who was indoctrinated to sacrifice children to a dem
on name Chemosh in a temple yearly. I had never seen or heard of this kind of background to the story but with the amount of scholarly research we can assume this is what the people of Moab did (unknowing if Ruth was necessarily a partaker, this could have been just for cinematics) – anyway, we also can gather that healing can come in many forms. Let’s just say that the woman Ruth was one who was sacrificing children because of the culture she grew up in… it only reinforces the thought that the men of Judah brought sound peace with them. Helping her to be set free of this sin (otherwise, why would she desire to go back to their homeland, even without him physically being there) Look at the city they hail from- Jerusalem “city of peace” and Bethlehem “house of bread” Specifically looking at the order the statement reads: Heal the sick who are there- we know that shalom (peace) is a sign someone has received healing. And tell them the kingdom of God is near- the very word of Yah is the bread of life. How can you preach that the kingdom is near without bringing peace and introducing them to your God? (No coincidence
that Messiah’s birthplace was the house of bread, and in the holiest of holies sat the temple showbread- chew on that for a minute….) My thorough analysis can show that the spirit of peace was upon the men, and they did introduce their God to their wives and converted them (seen with Ruth begging to go with Naomi). If the women in this city needed proof that the kingdom of Yah is near, they may have experienced a piece of that in their union with the men and their mother who was close by.
Naomi- means Pleasantness. The best way to view Naomi is through a spiritual lens as well. She can represent the city of Jerusalem. There was a famine, and the men fled the city only they still carried the city with them because of the love they had for it. We can see just how all of the circumstances surmounting Naomi caused her to be in distress. Ruth 1:20 “Don’t call me Naomi, she told them, call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.” mirrors extremely close to Lamentations 1:1 “How deserted lies the c
ity [Jerusalem], once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.” the city was in tumult, experiencing famine and death and so was Naomi, her husband’s death caused her to now be a widow and the death of her son’s only added to the sorrows.
But then a word reached Naomi and she decides to return to Jerusalem right before the barley harvest season! The famine has lifted. The following shows the parable of the 5 foolish and the 5 wise virgins. Both of the wives of Namoi’s sons had their tim
e to be with their husbands, serving them and being a help meet to them. As I imagine, they probably spent a good bit of time at their feet learning about their beliefs and why they believe what they do. So, when it came time for Naomi to go back to this place, the foolish virgin decided to return back to the familiarity she knew… proving herself to be foolish, her story ends right there, and we hear nothing more of this woman- she was probably destroyed (lol j/k). But we see the wise woman Ruth uncovered treasure in her husband (the Kingdom had come near to her!) she went back with her mother-in-law to this place she had only heard about because she did not want to return to the life she was turned away from! Sis decided to flee Babylon! (The customs and beliefs that the people of Moab held).
Redemption: Now don’t get upset Pharisees! But yes, Ruth remarries! (In order with the teachings of the messiah) she marries the next of kin or the Kinsman redeemer. As believers we can see the spiritual meaning behind this, there was even someon
e else who was next in line that was supposed to betroth Ruth, but Yah worked it out in a way that the man Boaz [meaning in strength or swiftness] takes her to be his bride instead (a lot of legalities came into play- again Yah receives the glory as the Just Judge). We know that Boaz was a man of honor in the city and a pillar of strength, the act of justification he brought both Ruth, and her Mother-in-law would melt anyone’s, callous heart. Ruth then conceives and bears a child! Wiping away the