Dr. Chuck Missler travels around and teaches through his ministry, Koinonia House; remaining dedicated to create, develop and distribute materials which stimulate, encourage and facilitate serious study of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. To find out more about his ministry, click here.
It was during one of his teachings that was broadcasted on the TV (series of teachings, Joseph, Gen 37- 41), that I came across him. I was absolutely amazed at his teaching- its depth, details and accuracy, and could not but take notes all-through. Out of the few hours I recorded, I managed to write down 27 A4 pages of notes- and I am sure I missed quite a lot *sighs*.
Today, I will share some of what I got from his analysis of the Biblical story of Ruth.
The book of Ruth is..
the ultimate lovestory (literally and personally)
a perfect picture of The Redeemers ultimate love for me and you
one of the most significant books for the Church (and a prerequisite for Rev. 5)
* Naomi recognizes an opportunity: redemption (her land) and new life (for Ruth)
but Ruth was a foreigner and did not understand the laws and customs of these strange people- she needed Naomi to instruct her
vs. 8-9: the rank of a person was in the “hem of his garment” (insignia) (Note: God speaks of “spreading [His] skirt over Israel”- protection/ authority. woman with the issue of blood sough to “touch the hem of His garment” for that is where his power lay).
(!) She was not asking to lay with him, but rather asking him to take her to wife–> redeem her!
(Goel (go’el) is a Hebrew term which comes from the word gal’al (“to redeem”), hence meaning “redeemer”)
(!) Boaz understood this but “there [was] someone nearer”
Although Ruth approached Boaz to fulfil the role of a Goel, there was a nearer kinsman in the way. So, he gives her 6 measures of barley. Ruth again- being a stranger in this land- does not understand what this means; Naomi, however- a true Israelite- understands the Israelite code: “He will not rest until the matter be resolved.”