Study of Ruth 3, Part 1

Intro

This portion of a study of Ruth 3 deals with establishing a time line corresponding to events dealing with Jesus, to events corresponding with with the Feast of First Fruits (a feast of the Jews), and to events corrosponding to Ruth chapters 3 and 4. By establishing this time line we can better understand the spiritual messages that Jesus wishes to communicate with us, his children.

Much confusion exists about the book of Ruth and its signifigance. In Ruth chapter 3, many use it to accuse Boaz of infidelity with Ruth. These people in my opinion are "false prophets" (examples of: 1 Kings 22, Jeremiah 28). For example, in this blog: what did Ruth and Boaz do on the threshing floor, the author says that "feet" actually means "penis". With that in mind, what did Jesus have in mind when he washed the disciples feet? I think that there is much filth that people wish to spread.

On the other hand to get a better perspecitve on the book of Ruth, I think that if we do a DEEP study, we can gain an understaning about what is really going on. By a deep study, I mean that we should look at spirtual meanings and symbolism behind the happenings in Ruth. There is much symbolism in the bible that most church members are afraid to tackle. For example there is much that corresponds to Jesus's story in the events that occured to Joseph (look here)

What I intend to show with a spiritual interpretation of Ruth is that she represents the church whom Christ redeemed. What is redeemed? Spiritual definition:

  • John 3:16. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The bible starts out with Satan using the law to trick Adam into giving up his soul. In Ruth chapter 4 the law is used again to redeem Adam and his descendents. In Ruth 3 and 4 God gives us spiritual insight into events that occurred in heavan. The story that plays out in Heaven is shown to us here on Earth by means of the actions taken by Boaz, Naomi, Ruth, and the "nearest" kinsman. In these actions here on earth the actions of the Holy Spirit are played out by Naomi, those of Jesus by Boaz, those of the church by Ruth, and those of the nearest kinman by Satan. In this way God allows us to see behind the scenes heavenly events that occurred.

Ruth 3:1,2

The story starts out with Naomi (Holy Spirit) seeking security of Ruth (the Church), and mentions Boaz (Jesus) being on the threshing floor.

Barley: Barley has previously been threshed to beat out the chaff. Chaff represents evil/sin: (See chaff, spiritual meaning of).

Threshing is used to separate the chaff from the grain. This is done by stomping or beating the stalks of barley. (See Threshing).

  • Threshing represents the beating that Jesus received prior to being hung on the cross: As stated in Hebrews 10:28-29: "who has trampled the Son of God underfoot".

Winnowing: (see Winnowing) is when the seed/chaff mixture is lifted into the air so that he chaff is blown off. Like this barley was lifted up, so was Jesus.

Jesus was lifted up sometime in the late afternoon/early evening. This is the same time that winnowing occurs when there is a brisk wind. Furthermore it is windier on a hill, thus winnowing typyically occurs on a hill. Jesus was, coincidentaly (or was it?), crucified on a hill: Calvary.

Lev 23:9-14 The Feast of Firstfruits

Ruth chapters 3 and 4 correspond to the time occuring during the Feast of the FirstFruits discussed in Leviticus 23:9-14 (please read). Three notable things to point out:

  1. The feast occurred the day after the after the Sabbath. That is, the feast occurred on a Sunday.
  • The sacrifice of the lamb and the wave offering of the grain (barley) were done on Sunday.
  • The sacrifice occurred before the wave offering.

The sarificial lamb is, of course, Jesus. In other words the Jews, at that time... the time of the Old Testament, were celebrating a feast without knowing what the feast represented: Jesus crucified. The wave offering occured afterwards because the work of Christ had to be done first before the offering could be accepted.

According to "the law" the sacrifical lamb, that is, Jesus, paid the price Romans 5:12-20 ("through one man (Adam) sin entered the world... much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ") and the the wave offering was made indicating that the sacrifice was acceptable.

The time frame

I believe that there is a correlation between the Feast of the First Fruits and the events death and resurrection of Jesus. I furthermore believe that this correlation corresponds to the events of Ruth 3 and 4. If this correlation is true, then we can then begin to understand what is transpiring between Ruth and Boaz. Some of this correlation is:

  • The barley was threshed ---> Jesus being beaten
  • The barley was winnowed ---> Jesus was raised from the earth
  • Night falls ---> "there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour" Mark 15:33
  • Boaz works to save Ruth ---> "God will redeem me from the power of the grave" Psalms 49:15
  • The wave offering (Feast of the Firstfruits) occurs Sunday Morning ---> the same day that Jesus arose ---> "take my right of redemption yourself" Ruth 4:6
  • Sacrifice accepted (at Feast... & Jesus) ---> "So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife" Ruth 4:13

If we can agree on this correlation we can hopefully deeper understanding of Jesus and the relation he wants us to have with him.