Why is The Old Testament Book of Ruth a part of Shavout/Pentecost?

Shavout/Pentecost and the Comparison of Ruth and Boaz in the book of Ruth.

There was an American pastor visiting the Vatican in Rome. He was able to visit in the Pope’s personal residence. He noticed a golden phone on the Pope’s desk. The pastor asked the Pope what was the golden phone? The Pope answered, this is my direct line to God in Heaven. The Pastor amazed, asked if he could use the golden phone to talk to God? The Pope answered him, “yes you can but it will cost $1000 dollars per minute.” A few weeks later the American Pastor is in Jerusalem visiting the Chief Rabbi’s residence. He notice there was golden phone just like the one in the Pope’s house. He asks the Chief Rabbi if he could use the phone to speak with God? The Chief Rabbi says yes but it will cost you .10 cents per minute. The Pastor answered him, “why so cheap? In Rome the Pope has a golden phone just like yours and it cost $1000 dollars per minute to speak to God.” The Chief Rabbi answered the Pastor, “that is because here in Jerusalem it is a local call.”

We have just concluded the second Feast of the Lord, called Pentecost found in Exodus with the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai and in Acts 2 the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. Jerusalem is the place where God chose to dwell His Presence. The place where He chose to pour out all flesh with His Holy Spirit. It is from the Jerusalem Jesus ascended to heaven and it is in Jerusalem where he will descend for His second coming.

At Pentecost the story of Ruth and Boaz appears because their story is during the wheat harvest which is at the end of the 49 days of counting the omer/barley, beginning the wheat harvest for the summer months leading to Feast of Tabernacles in the Fall of the year. As both Jew and Gentile believers we must understand the times and seasons in the bible so we can prophetically walk with our Father, Adonai.

Ruth, a Gentile marries a Jew from Bethlehem. She returns there with her mother in law Naomi. Naomi in great wisdom tells her a Gentile widow to gleam wheat from Boaz’s field. (Back story, in Hebraic understanding of the story of Ruth and Boaz, their story is restoration of the Abraham and Lot. Lot was blessed as long as he stayed with Abraham. Lot decided he would choose to leave Abraham and go to the land of Sodom and Gomorrah. You know the rest of the Lot’s history and Sodom and Gomorrah, right? Well, Lot’s family and offspring settled in the land of Moab. Guess where Ruth was from? She was a Moabite from the land of Moab.)

When Ruth and Boaz became husband and wife, God was restoring the relationship of the Jew and Gentile and Abraham and Lot’s lineage, WOW!
Don’t miss this:
*through Ruth and Boaz, Jew and Gentile, the lineage of Messiah was birthed; birthed the lineage of the Kingdom

  • King David was the great grandson of Ruth and Boaz.
    *Through Ruth and Boaz the lineage of Yeshua, King Jesus is fulfilled through David.

Ruth is married to unbelieving Jew, Naomi’s son who passes. She travels with her mother in law back to Bethelem because there is bread there.(Bethlehem in Hebrew means a house of bread.) Once there, Ruth a Gentile marries a believing Jew, Boaz/Kinsmen Redeemer. This is the very picture Jesus prays in John 17. It is only though the mother/Gentile believers and the Father/Messianic Jews that the birth of the Kingdom of God can take place and will bring a last day awakening and harvest. Jesus prays, “Father I pray that you will make them one as you and I are one.”

That is why understanding our Jewish roots of Yeshua, King Jesus and a Hebraic understanding of scripture is so important. It is a prophetic movement ushering in the last great harvest before the return of our Messiah.

Stay tuned for Part 2 in a few days as I will teach about How Feast of Pentecost and John 21, casting your nets on the other side relate to this too. Shalom Blessings, Jim and Debbie Laymon, Wellspring Israel.

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