2013-10-06 - Ruth: The Jewish Perspective
Ruth ~ Part 4
What I always find sad is how close the Jewish scholar can come to the truth, without ever hitting the mark. For example, take the words of Scherman:
the closing tragedies of the Book of Judges: the concubine in Givah and the Idol of Michah, were indelibly inscribed in Jewish thought, because they are more than tales. They are expressions of what can occur when there is no king in Israel, every man does what is right in his own eyes. As Such, they are timeless and eternal. The Jew in every age must know what his fate can become if he refuses to accept authority and leadership. Ruth is of a piece with those other illustrations of what can happen when there is no vested authority in Israel. Megillas Ruth, too, begins with a cryptic phrase in the days when the Judges judged. The prophet, in three Hebrew words, captures the attitude of an era. As the Talmud interprets, it indicates that the people judged, criticized, flouted their judges. Under such conditions, authority breaks down. When that happens, there is famine physical and spiritual. When that happens, even so great a man as Elimelech learned, honored, wealthy can cast off his responsibility to his people and flee to the fields of Moab.
So near and yet so far.
All hail, King Jesus!
And throughout eternity
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