We are going through a reading plan this year as a Church, which is a great gift. It connects areas of Scripture that I never have before. For example, Ruth 1, 2 and Luke 12. I had never compared these before, and yet, I saw, not so much topic, as in tone, the similarities of them.
The book of Ruth starts as if you were listening to a master storyteller, not fictional in any way, but in the skill of the speaker. It also struck me, the Jewish tone of the writer of it. I love the Jewish culture of our day, and that day. Then, in reading Jesus in Luke 12, I could hear the Jewishness of Jesus, The Master Storyteller.
In viewing this, I began to pay attention not to the large details, but the way each addressed what I had mistakenly viewed as small ones. One of which, was the beginning of 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.
In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land. No comma, no pause, one thought. I would have separated the two, but God. Through the writer, He was saying I placed the judges there because there was a famine, one of obedience to God. Then He illustrates it by telling of the man who left Judah for Moab.
14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.
Another example is chapter 2:14, the small words set beside the reapers. The word Reapers not only means harvest, but grieve, and impatience. It shares some of the meanings of the word Naomi used in 1:20, bitterly.
Ruth sat with Naomi, and she sat with the Reapers, she had hexperience with one, which prepared her for the second. We view our today sorrows as painful, and they are, but they are also preparation for tomorrow.
Then I read in Luke 12, and I could hear the same tone in His teaching, that I had heard in the author of Ruth. I could also see the parallels of the two members of one family, across time. Ruth, the foreigner to Israel, be coming the generational Great Grandmother Of The Messiah, to The God of the universe, entering our world to become The Son Of Man, and Savior of Mankind!
The lesson, don’t miss the small stuff, because as it turns out, it’s usually not that small. Also, when someone suggests viewing something differently, look at it through a different angle, you’ll see something new!