Last night, I was able to participate in a long lost tradition. Anyone who knows me knows that keeping traditions is not something really important to me. But I’m actually praying that will change now that I’m married and will hopefully have a family of my own one day. But I digress…A friend and her husband decided they wanted to take what the Lord has been impressing on their hearts and share with others, namely attempting to keep the feasts of Leviticus 23. So last night we had a little version of Feast of Shavuot (or Pentecost).
Sad to admit, but in the past, whenever I heard Pentecost, I just associated it with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in many ways, the start of the church. Never once did I stop to think, Pentecost is actually Jewish related. Anyway, during the feast/festival, one of the traditions was to read the book of Ruth.
I had seen before how the story of Ruth and Boaz was a great picture of Christ’s redeeming work. But reading Ruth this go around in the context of Pentecost, and the setting of when the story actually took place, made me fall in love with God even more.
On the day of Pentecost in Acts, the Holy Spirit was given, God openly showed the Jewish people that the gentiles were invited into God’s family as well. In Ruth, Boaz redeemed Ruth – a Moabitess, and brought her into the family. She was known throughout town and accepted, and through her line came David, and ultimately Jesus.
Throughout history and across cultures, God has written stories to depict His redeeming love, His pursuit of His people, His provision. What a masterful, creative, and beautiful God we serve! Thank you Jason and TJ for having this little glimpse into tradition.
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