Greetings to the Father, holy angels and saints in Christ. Some of today’s information may be repetitious, but the Lord wants to reinforce it so His body can establish a new order after the order of His will in heaven (like Adam and Eve). I began to write again at 11.07 p.m last night about the progression (notwithstanding its rapidity) of the love between Boaz and Ruth.

The man of God is revealed in the scriptures as a Redeemer, just as Christ is the Redeemer of the church. He redeemed Ruth from:

  • poverty (Jehovah Jireh)
  • childlessness (she had chosen God and given up the opportunity to return to her people and acquire a husband and a family as seen in Ruth 1: 8-13)
  • being a refugee to a national of Israel and
  • from being nameless to having a name in God’s bloodline.

I want to reveal Ruth’s character as shown to me. God selected her for the job of being an ancestor of the most important person in history because of her choice to serve Him, her heart and her holy character. How do I know that? Well, the Lord showed me that He purposely introduced Boaz in chapter 2, verse 1.

Boaz is introduced in chapter 2: 1 apparently “out of the blue” and the Lord told me that He did that because He the Lord was thinking aloud about how He would reward Ruth for cleaving to Naomi and to Him rather than returning to her people to find a man (as Orpah did) and to serve demons.

Can you see the progression?

Ruth chapter 1 is the test that God gave to Ruth: would you choose me or your gods? Would you choose me or demons?

Why is this important? Psalm 106: 34-37 equates the worship of idols with the worship of demons who are the Lord’s enemies. Ruth passed the test of chapter 1 and did so well that God had no choice but to honor her with His choicest – a man of God who loved, knew and served Him. Therefore, when I speak now about Ruth’s character, I want us to understand that she was highly favored by the Lord, just as Mary was.

I also want the readers to keep in mind that God is speaking to modern-day women about the kind of women that we should be. He is also speaking to the men of God about the manner of woman they should marry as well as the way to court the woman of God.

Ruth was revealed in scriptures as:

  • a woman with an excellent spirit (hello, Women of Excellence)
  • an extraordinary woman who understood the nature and needs of men (she affirmed Boaz as lord by bowing to him)
  • a virtuous woman since she did not “play around” the young men employed by Boaz (Ruth 2:23)
  • a woman of prayer and worship since she produced worshippers and spiritual warriors in her bloodline (David and his men).

This is critical since she was not even a Jew by birth.

Someone wants to know her age. She was a relatively young woman. The book shows that Naomi and her family lived in Moab for ten years, during which time the sons married Ruth and Orpah. According to jewfaq.org:

“the minimum age for marriage under Jewish law is 13 for boys, 12 for girls… the Talmud recommends that a man marry at age 18, or somewhere between 16 and 24”.

If Naomi and her family had followed Jewish tradition while living in Moab (and it is highly likely that they had given the fact that Naomi had retained her fear of God), Ruth may have been aged about 22-30. Whatever her age, she had been well taught by Naomi. She was a holy woman of God after the manner of Sarah who called her husband “lord” (1 Pet 3: 5-6).

The heathen women focused their decoration on plaited hair, gold and extravagant apparel (1 Pet 3:3) while holy women of God were decorated with:

“a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands” (1 Pet 3:4).

Peter is saying that holy women of God must not be like the heathen women in the manner of dress, but dress up from the inside out. Why is this important? We learn from scripture that heathen women used their physical appearance to entice men into sexual intercourse. Tamar followed their example when she dressed like a prostitute in order to entice her father in law Judah to bed (Gen 38). Do you see why God makes such an issue about the way in which He wants His women to dress?

Heathen women lead men of God astray by teaching them their ways. They can lead a whole generation astray. We learnt this from the bad example of Abraham who married Keturah, a Canaanite woman, after Sarah’s death (genesis 25:1). Sarah, who was beautiful, but who focused her adornment in her character and obedience to Abraham, kept his interest until the day she died. He was never unfaithful except for the instance when he tried to please her with the crazy scheme to have a child with Hagar.

Now his hormones are still raging, so he married Keturah. Do you know what her name means? It means that she was one “that makes the incense to fume”. Incense was used in the worship of her idols and she was one who invoked the presence of demons even as the prophet or worshipper invites the presence of the Lord in the incense of praise.

Keturah was such a heathen that her five offspring gave Israel hell later in their history (your own relatives can become your “best” devils”).

Abraham and his God were despised by her and she made no effort to learn to love the Lord God or even to train his children in the ways of the Lord. Yet it was this Abraham of whom the Lord confidently said in Gen 18:19:

“for I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him”.

What went wrong with these five children? Well, they had the wrong mother and he had the wrong wife. Do you recognize the names of some of her children? They were “Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah” (Gen 25:2).

God used her to show how pleased He was with Ruth, a Moabite and a heathen by upbringing. You’ve got be more careful, men! Is the glory of the Lord upon the woman you desire to marry or are you looking for a fashion plate, a heathen at heart, whose decoration is focused on plaited hair, gold and fancy apparel?

I am remaining balanced here, just like Peter, since in no way he is decrying plaited hair, gold or fancy apparel, but God wants us to dress like Kings and Queens, heirs and joint – heirs, like royalty!

Now why is this important? Ps 149: 4 confirms Peter’s argument about the manner of dress since the psalmist in 149:4 teaches that the Lord will “beautify the meek with salvation”.

There is a transcendent glory on the person of the individual who is beautified with salvation. It is the same glory that transfigured the Lord on the mount of transfiguration. This glory transcends the physical characteristics of the individual.

Note that I am remaining balanced. David was good-looking, so was Esther etc. Get the point?

Blessings and more to come.

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