by Scott Newman

How many times have we all heard this before, “WHERE IS MY BOAZ?” Usually this mantra is from a single woman desiring a “Boaz-like” husband who is rich and wealthy demonstrating Godly character and integrity such as the OT character and rich land owner Boaz in the short but powerful story of the book of Ruth, whom Boaz ultimately chose as his wife out of all the other women working and gleaning in the fields. Despite what you may think, the story of Ruth & Boaz is not a romantic comedy.

It’s not the best Boy-Meets-Girl love story of all time.safe_image

It’s not a Biblical lesson on “taking a calculated risk on love.” (I didn’t make that one up. I heard a preacher say that in a sermon series on Ruth. Part of my soul died that day.) It’s not a Biblical example of how sometimes a girl should initiate and show her interest in a man.

When we make these haphazard observations about this book, we are missing the cultural and historical context, and the author’s overall record of the story.

Nowhere in the book of Ruth does it ever, I mean ever say, “because Boaz loved her.” You actually can’t even find the word LOVE anywhere in this book. Those of you whose heart is breaking right now, I’m sorry. I really am. Now, there is no doubt Boaz is a wonderful man. We see dozens of examples in the book of Ruth that show his character, generosity, care, integrity, not to mention his love of God’s law to “do the right thing.” But Boaz doesn’t see Ruth in his fields or sleeping on his threshing floor and fall in love with her. He sees a woman (who has a great reputation) that he knows needs a provider. Out of compassion and a desire to do what is right (what the law calls him to do), he sets out to marry her.

But is that all there is to the book of Ruth, about a love story about a man called Boaz and a woman named Ruth? Why are single women only desiring a “Boaz” to be there husband? Why not a “Paul” or “Timothy” or “Jacob?” Why does Boaz get the nod as the most celebrated biblical bachelor of the year, rather than a “Solomon?” Or a “David?” At least they were kings…Why Boaz?

Since the OT is a shadow of Christ that points to the coming Messiah and the cross, how does the book of Ruth symbolize our future Redeemer? Lets do a quick study of the book of Ruth and glean from its historical record and dig a little further past those who seek to emotionalize, minimize, marginalize and reduce the awesome depths and riches that go beyond the pale, being just about a book that has been corrupted and down played to a mere symbol of a dating service on the same level for lonely Christian singles.

The book of Ruth takes place during the times of the Judges. The times of the judges is a bad time for Israel. Priests and Levites are unfaithful, the people turn to idols, and the judges cannot keep Israel from lapsing back into sin. Because of her sins, the garden of Israel has become a place of death, strife, and slavery. But the story of Ruth shows that the Lord will restore all that Israel lacks.

Ruth is a book of the faithful husband, Yahweh, and the faithless bride, Israel. The focus of Ruth is on the coming of the redeemer (Boaz) who rescues Naomi and Ruth from their poverty and barrenness. The book points forward to the coming of righteous king David, who will redeem Israel (in a sense) from the wickedness of the priesthood which culminated in Eli and his two ungodly sons, Hophni and Phinehas. It ultimately points to the coming of Jesus, the Christ who would fulfill the Law, redeem His people from their sins (their spiritual widowhood, barrenness and poverty), and rule over them in righteousness. Naomi is a picture of Israel, and the Lord’s mercy to widowed Naomi is a promise of mercy to His people. Ruth can be seen as a picture of the Gentiles, and her marriage to Boaz can be seen as the extension of the great ‘hesed’ (Hebrew for “lovingkindness” or “mercy”) of the Lord to the nations.

The book of Ruth is about God’s Sovereignty, His presence in the smallest details, and His plan to send His One & Only Son to our world. I could list miles of evidence in this book about how God provided and had His hand in every twist and turn of the story. But most importantly, God planned to include Ruth (a Moabite, who was specifically excluded from the nation of Israel– Deut. 23:3) into His family by marrying Boaz, which fulfills the prophecy that Jesus would be born in the lineage of King David. WHAT?! I know. Stay with me. Ruth and Boaz had a son who was King David’s grandpa. God’s plan all along for Ruth was to marry Boaz and to have a child that would secure Jesus’ lineage in the Davidic line just as the prophets had declared. THAT is the point of this story and the purpose of it being in the Bible.

The book of Ruth is an analogy of Christ’s love for His people. Okay, I tricked you a little bit. It is a love story, but not in the way we usually make it out to be. Boaz is a picture of Christ. Ruth could not save herself. She needed a provider and Boaz did just that. He redeemed her, provided for her, and sheltered her. A beautiful picture of exactly what Christ does for you and me. We are destined for poverty; we are vulnerable; we are in trouble with no way to help ourselves, but He steps in and chooses to redeem us. The story of Ruth & Boaz is an analogy for the greatest love story of all time: Christ’s love for His people.

So please, please, please. Stop making Ruth and Boaz into some sort of Hollywood romance story. Stop using Ruth’s story as an excuse to make a move on a rich dude in order to serve such narcissism. Stop praying for your Boaz to appear. Your Boaz has already appeared and came over 2,000 years ago and His name is Jesus the Messiah and Redeemer of the world reconciling sinners to Himself, through the death, burial and resurrection. Christ already offers you everything you will ever need and more, in Him. Is He enough for you, those believing singles whom are married unto The Lord.

Learning to Keep Quiet

quietThis blog has been a place of venting for me and I’ve learned the hard way, not to share everything. But I have been able to go back and make certain posts private. 😉 Thank God!

A few minutes ago, I was about to “put it all out there” once again and then I hit some key that made the whole post disappear. Now of course, I could have did the undo option, but I did not do that because I recognized that God was shutting me up.

Let’s just say I am chuckling right now because I understand why God is allowing some things. I’m sure you wonder why I’m chuckling, but guess what? I’m not telling. I just know that God loves me and he is protecting and sparing me something until the time is right. Yes there is a set time and it’s very soon, but the time is based on God’s desire and not mans.

Yes, today started out not so good, then it got worse, but now I have to say, it has indeed turned into a day of rejoicing and I know that is because the Lord is up to something. He is making all things new!

Isaiah 43:18-19

New International Version (NIV)

18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

It’s Almost Over!!

This morning the Lord gave me the following scripture in my devotions:

Nehemiah 8:9-11

New Living Translation (NLT)

9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t mourn or weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” For the people had all been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 And Nehemiah[a] continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

11 And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.”

Sounds good doesn’t it? Well as the day moved forward it got worse, and about a half and hour ago, I felt it was time to give up until I saw the following scripture:

Future Glory for Jerusalem

54 “Sing, O childless woman,
you who have never given birth!
Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem,
you who have never been in labor.
For the desolate woman now has more children
than the woman who lives with her husband,”
says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge your house; build an addition.
Spread out your home, and spare no expense!
3 For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
Your descendants will occupy other nations
and resettle the ruined cities.

4 “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
and the sorrows of widowhood.
5 For your Creator will be your husband;
the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
the God of all the earth.
6 For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
says your God.
7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I will take you back.
8 In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while.
But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord, your Redeemer.

God is with me no matter what it looks like. God showed me the end at the beginning, along with the HELL in the hallway. I’ve never seen anything like this and honestly I would have given up a long time ago, BUT GOD. God has a purpose for all things and his perfect will is going to done. He showed me this detour in the BEGINNING, so why would I not believe now? Not sure how far it’s going to go, but I will still be standing AFTER THE STORM.

Love Series: Should You Fight for Love?

love2Everyone has their vision of how they will fall in love. But that does not mean it will happen the way that you want it to. My vision of love, in no way includes falling in love on the internet. My vision of love is more like meeting and getting to know one another and THEN falling in love.

Do I believe that you can fall in love with someone you have never met? Probably so. And for some people that works, but not so much for me. Even if I had not met, at least talking on the phone would be better.

What we never see in our vision of love is the one that we care for falling in love with someone else. But it does happen. So when that happens what should you do? Should you fight for the love of a person who has already fallen in love with someone else? I don’t think that is a good thing. Your best bet is to wait and see if it works out and if God’s will, you may still have a chance.

Some men and women want you to fight for their love, but that is not normal. I don’t think it’s normal or healthy to pine away for someone who has does not have mutual feelings for you. To me it’s a waste of time.

But if they are able to move on, there could still be a chance. It can happen and has happened. Sometimes God allows another relationship to prepare that person for the next one. It can happen. But until that time there is not much you can do. It’s just not wise to make changes in your life for someone who doesn’t love you back. That would be unwise. Even if you know you care for that person, let it lay dormant until the right time!

Song of Songs 2:7

New International Version (NIV)

7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.

Yesterday, Today..

This is how I feel. lol

This is how I feel. lol

Yesterday I felt so optimistic about certain things, but today not so much. But it’s not about feelings. I dislike being up and down in my emotions, but today is one of those days where I want to pack everything and just return home (NY). This morning in prayer with my prayer partner, God spoke about some things, but I feel like I just don’t want to be bothered. It’s hard to keep up your momentum when there is no manifestation.

In spite of it all God is good. I don’t mean to be depressing, but I do look forward to heaven. Sometimes the things of this life seem strangely dim. I’m just tired. I’m sure you’ve been there.

Isaiah 37:3

Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 And they said to him, Thus says Hezekiah: This day is a day of trouble and distress and of rebuke and of disgrace; for children have come to the birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth.