"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Preaching Series on Ruth (2 of 4)
Ruth 2:1-23 Commentary
by Kathryn M. Schifferdecker
Preaching Series on Ruth (Week 2 of 4)
Preaching text: Ruth 2:1-23; accompanying text: Luke 6:36-38
Ruth 2: Gleaning and Hope
As the old adage goes, “A coincidence is a miracle in which God prefers to remain anonymous.” In the second act of this play, Ruth goes out to glean barley to sustain herself and Naomi, and “as it happened, she came to the part of the field belonging to Boaz” (2:3). Boaz is a pillar of the community (whose name is attached to one of the pillars of the Temple) who just happens to be related to Naomi’s dead husband.
God does not speak from burning bushes in this book; nor does God divide the sea. Instead, God acts through circumstance, and through the faithfulness of ordinary human beings. God’s hesed is embodied in human action. Boaz praises Ruth for her loyalty to her mother-in-law (2:11) and then enacts through his generosity the blessings of God that he calls down upon her: “May the LORD reward you for your deeds, and may you have a ...
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Narrative Lectionary 138: Preaching Series on Ruth
July 29, 2018
This re-broadcast podcast covers the four-week summer preaching series on Ruth (first aired in August 2014 -- note Dr. Schifferdecker's opening reference to "last Sundays in summer" is not applicable to 2018 dates). Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker for a conversation on the Narrative Lectionary. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for WorkingPreacher.org.