Ruth & Boaz – Living the kingdom
We find the next major occurrence of Bet-lechem is the life of Ruth. Set in the same context as the previous parabolic enactment, “in the days when the judges ruled” (Ruth 1:1). Again we have a spiritual dearth in the Ecclesial household of bread, and the family of Eli-Meleck leaves the security of Israel and sojourns in the land of Moab. This reminds me of some words in Romans:
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Ruth, a gentile bride joins herself to the house of bread through marriage, just as we have hope of salvation by becoming one flesh with Christ. We who are not naturally of the people of Yahweh can be joined into the stock of the natural olive, through baptismal engagement.
Matt 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
The disciples of Christ, the household were to gather the spiritual harvest into the barns, through the teaching of the gospel… before the Roman armies (as the reapers) gathered together the tares of the ecclesia as bundles to burn them. And this will be repeated again very soon as Revelation 14:6 says:
Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Like the gospel in the first century, the gospel to come will be to prepare to the world for the harvest, the collecting of the wheat and the burning of the chaff.
Back in Ruth, the last chapter we have a lovely picture of the united husband and his gentile bride. These typify the events after the marriage of the Lamb.
Ruth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. Yahweh make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and a woman of virtue (prov 31) in Ephratah, and called a name in Beth–lehem:
12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which Yahweh shall give thee of this young woman.
The house of Pharez is highlighted here by the spirit…
18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
Household of Pharez
Please come with me to 1 Chronicles 2, where we find the family of Pharez.
1 Chr 2:4 And Tamar (a date palm) his daughter in law bare him Pharez (breaking forth) and Zerah (a seed).
Finally Tamar after all she had gone through had a seed! In Verse 5 we are introduced to the family of Pharez: Hezron, and Hamul. Not much is mentioned of Hamul other than the name, but out of Hezron comes forth Bet-lechem-and we are told this twice in this chapter and once in chapter 4. The spirit is drawing attention to the family of Hezron and the lessons we can learn from the names.
Chetzron comes from the verb Chatzar חצר and it means an enclosed area. The word describes: the walled villages that the children of Israel inhabited in the time of Joshua (Joshua 13:23); the domestic courtyard of every house (Neh 8:16); and the court of the temple of Yahweh. The Villages and individual houses were patterned after the layout of the house of Yahweh in their midst.
In Chetzron we see the protecting wall of the Ecclesial household, the fence of the vineyard, the daub of the Ark, and the overshadowing wings of Yahweh protecting his people from the wiles of the world… and within this protection are three sons, verse 9 – YeRachem-El, Ram and CeLuvi.
YeRachem-El means, “El will have mercy”, describing how Yahweh is forming the household of faith. Please turn with me to Micah 6. This is the MOST important thing we take from this study:
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O Adam, what is good (the goodness of the Father); and what Yahweh is seeking, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Ehohim?
The English word “mercy” does not do the word Rachem רחם justice! Rechem is the womb… and rachem is to perform the role of the womb! To show “mercy”, rachem to our brethren and sisters is to shield and protect them when they are in need, to nurture and feed them helping them to grow, and wash them in the cleansing words of the spirit.
Hosea 2:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith Yahweh, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
23 And I will sow her unto me in THE LAND (a Bet-Lechem, a House of Bread); and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my Elohim.
Let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem, the time when Israel will again be taken to the Father in “mercy”, Rachem.
The second son of Hetzron is Ram, “high” or “exalted”, the royal line; from him came David, and Christ. Both were born in Beth-lehem in accordance with the prophecy in Micah Chapter 5.
Micah 5:2 But thou, Beth–lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Christ was anointed with the oil of gladness above his brethren and sisters; he has been exulted to sit down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; and soon all things will be put under his feet, so that there is nothing that is not under his feet (Heb 1).
The third son of Hetzron was Ce-Luvi, or “as my heart!”.
Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
:23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
We know the our Lord had the same focus as his father, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). But what of us?
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
If we do not have the same heart as our father then we will not be quickened at the judgement seat. When, according to 1 Cor 15, the corn of the house of bread, sown in corruption, will be changed in the twinkling of an eye into celestial bodies. And according to Dan 12, the righteous will be raised as stars of the future political heavens.