The Union

Arriving in Bethlehem, Ruth meets Boaz, the owner of the field where she decided to glean during the barley harvest in the month of Abib or Nisan (April). Not just a widow, but a foreigner, she was protected by Boaz, when he advised his workers to take care of her. Boaz, Naomi’s kin husband, showed great appreciation to Ruth for having left all to take care of her mother-in-law and rewarded her with his goodness in letting her have a lot more than she gleaned. That time of the year was very significant in the far future events of many years yet to come. For the barley and the wheat harvests are directly linked to Passover and Shavuot, which constituted a solemn assembly in the festival of weeks. It was significant for it symbolized the far future of the resurrection of the Son of God- YAHSHUA in the first day of the festival of weeks.  The translation of the gospels should have been translated “On the first day of weeks” and not “On the first day of the week,” concerning the resurrection of our Lord, YAHSHUA. The Bible’s translators, for some reason, disconnected YAHSHUA’S resurrection from the Jewish Shavuot festival in Leviticus 23 in their translations. Leviticus 23:15-16 reads, “You shall count from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, (symbolizing Jesus resurrection) seven Sabbaths (seven full weeks), this is the festival of reaping, the day of the first fruit. YAHSHUA became the first fruits of all those who have fallen asleep in Him, when He was risen from the dead ahead of all the saints.  (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Ruth, as a type of the gentile bride of Christ, left Egypt, (the type of the world) in the spring time, to become the bride of a Jew, her redeemer, Boaz. When she made the decision to leave her gods to embrace Naomi’s God, the only true God, then she experienced the true Passover, for she had passed over from death unto life. God’s plan became visible, when she bore Boaz a son in the lineage from which King David, the ancestor of YAHSHUA the Messiah, came. What a beautiful expression of God’s love to the entire world, when He united Jews and Gentiles in His Son’s lineage! In this, we see that salvation was for all- Jews and Gentiles in God’s plan of old. At the cross, YAHSHUA reconciled Jews and Gentiles to His Father. Paul said, “There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither salve nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal.3:28). And “There is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him” (Romans 10:12). In His priestly prayer, YAHSHUA prayed, “Neither for these alone do I pray, but also for all those who will ever come to believe in Me through their word and teaching, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me (John 17:20-21). Together, we, Jews and Gentiles will stand in faith, proclaiming God’s love to the entire world until He comes. Like Ruth, we are on our journey to meet our Bridegroom YAHSHUA. As Boaz’s marriage to Ruth provided a closure for the festival of the spring time, Christ’s marriage to His bride, will provide a closure for the festival of weeks- Shavuot or Pentecost. What do you think, will He come for His bride in the spring time?

At the cross, Jesus reconciled us to Himself – Jews and Gentiles; at the cross He made us one in His body, as Paul said, “There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither salve nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal.3:28). And “There is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him” (Romans 10:12).  In His priestly prayer, Jesus prayed, “Neither for these alone do I pray, but also for all those who will ever come to believe in Me through their word and teaching, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me” (John 17:20-21). And together we will stand in the faith that He has given us to be witnesses of His love to the whole world- Jews and Gentiles, working together to the end until He comes!

We, like Ruth, are on the journey to the promised land, where we will meet our Bridegroom YAHSHUA. We will be permitted to dress in fine linen, dazzling and white- for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:7, 8). As Boaz’s and Ruth marriage provided a closure for the festival of the spring time, Christ’s marriage to His bride, will provide a closure for the festival of weeks- Shavuot or Pentecost.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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