"A man finds some treasure in a field, he covers it up, joyfully buys the field and gets the treasure. Does that sound familiar? That's right. It's the plot of the book Ruth. A man, Boaz, finds a treasure in a field (2:4), he covers it up (implied by 3:9), joyfully buys the field (4:9-10) and gets the treasure (4:13). Of course, you'll recognise the story from Matthew 13:44."I think this sort of works. The book of Ruth pivots on a move from emptiness to fullness, kinglessness to a king, death to life.. which is a gospel movement that has it's origins in a family fleeing from living in God's house to a self-imposed exile among foreign gods, called back by grace, discovered by Boaz.... redemption though comes not through Boaz but his son Obed from whom comes David etc.
Monday, August 24, 2009
A fairy tale in a field
Paul Huxley on a gospel fairy tale in a field makes for a fresh reading of the book of Ruth, with some reference to Glen Scrivener's Who The Man on parables and Christian Hedonism. Paul writes...