Passover to Pentecost – The Book of Ruth Week 5 Day 1
Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Ruth 3: 2 (NIV)
The verse puts much of the story of Ruth in the Counting of the Omer time period. This story has “Exodus” qualities so let’s add to it and make this a Passover to Pentecost tale. What if 1:11 was just before Passover; we could view Naomi saying good-bye to her daughter-in-law’s as removing the yeast from her home. Since Ruth left with Naomi she is a “treasure from Egypt.” Boaz making sure she had extra grain and food in chapter two can compare to the manna the Lord supplied Israel. With a little creative counting we can put the birth of Obed the next year at the time of Passover.
Even without my embellishments this important story is a personal exodus tale for Naomi. She returned to the Land of Milk and Honey and was blessed for it. The rest of the world was blessed through Ruth as she became part of the “root of Jesse.”
The reading and studying of Ruth is a tradition for the Jewish people during this time of year.