Greetings to the Father,  holy angels and saints in Christ. As I continued to download information from the throne, the Lord revealed to me on Tuesday 10th (I was in the subway on the way to the Food Pantry) that Boaz did not care two hoots about Ruth’s nationality. In Vincy style we would say that Boaz couldn’t care less about the fact that she was not a Jew. At first I thought that it had been a problem for him, but the exact words that dropped into my spirit were that “Boaz couldn’t care less”.

Remember that Jews were not to marry people from the heathen nations around them? Why did Boaz break the rules?  First of all, Ruth was highly respected as a virtuous woman by the people in the Bethlehem society. This was not an easy feat for a woman with her ungodly upbringing to accomplish.  Secondly, Boaz himself could discern that she was a woman of God (who wants to marry a prostitute?).

Thirdly, Boaz himself had skeletons in his closet. His skeletons were jangling, bony creatures that clanked and made horrible bony noises every time the family record or family tree was read, thought about or mentioned in Israel.

Huh! Talk about Judah and Tamar! How disgraceful can a family become?!! Talk about Pharez! Oops! An illegitimate child was born out of a sexual relationship between a man of praise and his daughter in law! My God, Jews, cover your heads and bow in shame!!!

Pharez means division and rupture and even the manner of his birth must have brought division in Jacob’s family. He himself caused division at his birth. You can read more in Genesis 38. Boaz therefore had a stain in his bloodline. His ancestor Judah, the man of praise, had made a fatal error that God corrected through Ruth and Boaz.

Jacob had prophesied greatness to Judah even after the error, showing that Judah had repented and that God had forgiven him. Look at the nature of the prophecy in Genesis 49: 8-12 in which God promises that Judah or Praise will always rule or be in authority:

“Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.”

This prophecy in itself is full of deep truths, but a key point is that worshippers are highly favored by God and are overcomers in the earth.

Look at another truth about Boaz’s bloodline that the Lord showed me. Ruth 4 ended with the words:

Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son…

And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed:

he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Now these are the generations of Pharez:

Pharez begat Hezron,

And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab

And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon

And Salmon begat Boaz

and Boaz begat Obed

And Obed begat Jesse

and Jesse begat David“.

I am trying hard to keep it clear here. There are three divisions in these verses.

  • The first division begins with Boaz, Ruth and Naomi and ends with Obed, Jesse and David.
  • All of a sudden, Pharez is introduced in the second division, accompanied by the names of his offspring and descendents.
  • Suddenly, again the tide switches back to Boaz, Obed, Jesse and David.

We have a sandwich of generations. Boaz and his offspring Obed (servant; workman), Jesse (gift; oblation) and David (well-beloved, dear) are the redeemers of the family tree. They covered up the sins of Judah and Tamar, because God had to clear it in order to bring forth the plan of redemption for all mankind. God also uses the meanings of their very names to send messages to us about the progression of redemption of the family line, with David being a called “well-beloved” or a man after God’s own heart. Few people are called beloved by God in scripture.

Pharez is introduced abruptly to show us where they came from. While Pharez was Tamar’s and Judah’s child, he was actually a twin. What had happened to his brother? He has apparently disappeared from scripture! The Lord showed me in Gen 38: 27 – 30 something about Pharez’s spirit – and we read:

“And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first.

And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.

And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.”

The child Pharez pushed past his brother and came out of the womb first and the midwife put a curse on him! She did not recognize the spirit of the Prince. He carried a princely authority in the earth and was a ruler, just like Boaz! Look at the amazing parallel to his grandfather Jacob in Gen 25: 21 – 26:

“…Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus?

And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.”

The Lord told me that he chose an illegitimate child called Pharez because he had the spirit of the overcomer, the spirit of the Prince Jacob (remember that Jacob’s name was later changed to Israel which means Prince). Jesus the Prince/King of Kings and LOrd of Lords came out of this bloodline because He had to struggle with the devil and overcome the enemy in the womb of death, the grave and hell.

God did not choose the legitimate children of the other sons of Jacob to be the bloodline that would bring Jesus forth! Is He crazy or what? No, he is not accommodating illegitimacy, but He will use you in spite of your background if your spirit is the kind that He can work with.

When the ending of the book of Ruth shifted back from Pharez to Boaz, Obed, Jesse and David, God is actually leaning back with a satisfied sigh at having completed the work of salvation by faith and not by works, at least in that dispensation.

Let me show you something else. Ruth 4 ends with the word “David”. Is this an accident? No. Weakness has become strength. Here is a man after God’s own heart! Boaz had made the right choice and had actually helped God to advance the plan of salvation. Can we help God? Yes we can. He does indeed ask me to help Him with His plans on earth as in Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

There is further revelation hidden in this story and in this family tree, but let us now go to Matthew 1 which traces the genealogy of Jesus Christ and begins with the words

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham…”

Why did David’s name come before Abraham’s? Is this fair? Oops! There is that stain early up in verses 2 and 3 (does God have no shame?):

 “Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar”.

Oh Oh! There is that Moabitess in the genealogy (should we squirm in shame?):

 “and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; And Jesse begat David the king”.

Here’s more stain again, because “David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias”.

Help us Lord! Is God crazy or what? (Sorry God!). No, He is not! He is revealing grace for every sin that did abound, according to Paul. Had it not been for an obedient man (Boaz) who took a risk by overlooking the law and choosing grace, then where would the family tree have been? Who would have God used to bring forth Jesus? God used Boaz and Ruth to bring glory to the family line and blessings to millions of people in all nations that would believe.

God’s tongue is in His cheek, because there is even a joke here in the birth of Jesus since He was not Joseph’s son. Don’t stretch your imagination at all, because He was born by the Holy Ghost, but do you see the humor?

I will end on this note. What is your objective in marriage? Is it for sex? Companionship? Financial stability? Other reasons? Check the box that applies. If that is all then you are missing out on destiny and purpose. We could even go back to Eden to show the reason God gave Eve to Adam.

Think on these things and God bless you richly!

Gen 38:30