What Has Boaz Got To Do With Pentecost

Editorial On This Day Of Pentecost

The Bible teaches through the Book of Ruth that this feast of Shavuot is a prophetic feast of marriage of the Kinsman to his foreign bride. One day the bride of Christ that is betrothed in the witness of the Holy Spirit will be married to Christ when He shall appear.

Wedding of Boaz and Ruth by arikodi on DeviantArt

In the Book of Ruth, it all began even long before Saul was king over Israel. The synopsis of this epic story is ultimately for the Church that clings to Christ today. A broke foreign woman met a rich man from Judah in Jerusalem. Today, the broken Gentile still has to meet the Christ who died and rose in Jerusalem. (Rome has a counterfeit.) A self-reliant, wealthy Gentile will rely on his strength to fake it all his way to heaven till he makes it. But he won’t.

Eventually, the Ruth story led to the son of the woman, Rachab in Jericho, where the children of Israel that crossed the Jordan, conquered the occult city under the command of Joshua. Jericho was literally built on burial jars of babies buried alive. For good luck. I see this happening today among the Gentiles working with PP.

Rachab was taken to be the wife of Salmon. Their son is Boaz. It was during the days of the Judges that this journey began for 3 generations of characters. Boaz and Ruth became the great grandparents of King David.

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Salmon the father of Boaz by Rachab [1], and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

[1] Rachab the Amorite (the fierce one) is the wife of Salmon, one of two spies sent by Joshua that Rachab sheltered in secret.

Two Jews became ex-pats in Moab from Jerusalem. Ruth 1.

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi.

With the deaths of all the males that perished in the famine in Moab in Naomi’s family, she decided to return to Jerusalem, home of the tribe of Judah. The man in charge of the fields was a batchelor called Boaz. His name means In Strength — Beth-Vav-Ayin-Zayin. There was a reason that he remained unmarried. For the others looked upon him as “not Jewish enough”. It rings a bell when the Jews in the first century did not regard Jesus to be “Messiah material”.

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Boaz means In Strength. He is half Jewish and half Amorite (due to Rachab).

We turn to Philippians 4|

 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

The bride is welcomed into the inheritance of his family through marriage. Boaz the Jew and his Moabite bride are the prefigures of Christ, a Jew Himself, and the believers for non-Jewish descent people from every ethnic group from the world. Collectively the non-Jewish descendants form the Church that Christ came to sanctify her for Him. Boaz fell in love with Ruth and wanted to redeem her.

Back in the day when a family became so poor as Ruth’s was, being a survivor of Elimelech’s family, that they had to sell their inheritance to put bread on the table, the first dip went to the nearest kinsman. It was all explained in Ruth 4. If he agrees, then he will take all of their possessions including marrying the widow, in this case, Ruth the Moabite, a descendant of Lot and his two daughters. In the story, the guy called the redeemer passed on Ruth for she was a foreigner. But Boaz loved his mother Rachab. He was taught by his dad Salmon that you need a woman who loves God, no matter where her origins came from. Ruth gave this testimony,

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But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God.

Gentile believers today still need to renounce the gods of their inheritance. If you are Italian, then renounce Sol Invictus. If you are native American, renounce the elements and the spirits. If you are Chinese, renounce the dragon. If you are Aztec, renounce the Plumed Serpent Quetzalcoatl. If you are English, renounce St. Christopher. If you are Irish, there you have Paddy. You cannot honor two.

Ruth 4

Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.”

Not everybody wanted to marry a foreigner unless you are in love with one of them. Boaz loved Ruth. He became the next kin in line to purchase Elimelech’s inheritance and he will marry Ruth. He removed his sandals as a gesture of the redemption. There must be witnesses to view this transaction.

Ruth 4 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel. So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal. Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. 10 Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”

“Boaz goes to the town gate (where legal transactions were made). He asks ten elders of the town to be witnesses as he discusses Naomi and Ruth with the man who was an even closer relative. To start with, that man is keen to buy Naomi’s land. But then he discovers that he would also need to marry Ruth as part of the bargain. He doesn’t want to do that, so passes over his rights as kinsman-redeemer to Boaz.” – Alison Mitchell, Senior Editor at The Good Book Company

In reality, speaking of the Gentiles, their kinsmen would be still outside of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The kinsmen of the Gentiles were those which Paul said in Romans 1. They never had righteousness, the kind that is sanctioned by the Holy One. In fact, as in the redeemer guy in Ruth 4, the kinsmen of the Gentiles cannot save them.

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[g] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

When the Gentiles are in connection with the Good News, they realize that they are broke. Messiah teaches about a spiritual poverty. Until you realize that you are broken in the spirit, you cannot receive this markarios (blessing).

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Messiah Y’shua loves the kosmos, the inhabited world for His Father does.

The Father sent the Son in the man of a Judah tribesman to save the world through Him.

 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.[h]

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world,[i] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The Jewish Messiah wants to marry those from the Gentiles who will love on Him in marriage. Those that are willing will accept the Covenant that binds them to the Messiah until redemption.

Messiah Jesus died on the cross to pay for her pardon and inheritance, curses and death due to idolatry, with His precious blood shed for the world. While Boaz only paid out of his inheritance and was still a rich landowner, Jesus went all the way. He gave all.

And as Boaz set the stage for the redemption of Ruth, he called 10 elders to witness his redemption, so the House of Israel will provide for those from the 12 tribes to witness the marriage of Christ to His bride.

Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. 10 Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife;

Boaz used the word “bought” for his marriage to Ruth. As Christ also did, He paid for the union with His own blood. Those in the Church who love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, are eligible to be His bride. While those who want a slice of heaven with zero love and honor for Christ are not the bride. Simple as a 4th grader can see.

Jews in the present age will join Peter, John, James and Paul as messianics to be the witnesses of this marriage in paradise.

Come Lord quickly.


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