2014-06-08 - The City Gate
Ruth ~ Part 41 ~ The Court Is in Session
Introduction: First, lets take a moment to talk about the importance of the city gate. Huey makes the following note:
the city gate, a kind of outdoor court, the place where judicial matters were resolved by the elders and those who had earned the confidence and respect of the people. The location also served as a place for transacting business and as a kind of forum or public meeting place.
Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate (Proverbs 22:22 KJV).
Jackman makes the following comments regarding the city gate:
The gate was really the center of the communitys life; there cases were heard and contracts were made. The elders dispensed justice, the poor waited for help, and the ordinary people met one another to exchange news. It had much the same function as the village square in medieval Europe. Everyone had to pass through the gate, so it was the obvious place to make for if you wanted to be sure of meeting someone, in a relatively small community.
Keeping all this in mind, what happens next, which we will discuss next week, is an example of the legal system of the day. Boaz was taking his case to court. His desire was to marry Ruth, and to redeem Naomis property and Elimelechs line.
To be continued.
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