“Gospel” comes from the Latin translation of evangelion, or “good news.”
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.”
“Where did you glean?”
“Where did you work?”
20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.”
But what does Naomi mean when she says that God has not abandoned his ḥesed toward the living and the dead?
Instead of despair, Naomi now has hope.
“When Naomi learns that Ruth has met up with Boaz, the sun rises again in her life. Yahweh has been gracious to her deceased husband and her sons by sending a potential “redeemer-kinsman” into their lives.”
(1) To protect the property and ensure that it stays in the family
(2) To promote freedom by purchasing the freedom of any family member that has sold themselves into slavery because of poverty. (Lev 25:47–55)
(3) to avenge the family against any enemies (Num 35:12, 19–27);
(4) to receive restitution money on behalf of a deceased victim of a crime (Num 5:8); and
(5) to ensure that justice is served in a lawsuit involving a relative (Job 19:25; Ps 119:154; Jer 50:34).
21 And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’ ” 22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” 23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
“Abraham and Sarah were as good as dead with respect to procreation when they received the promise of God.”
“…in hope believed against hope . . . he did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead, or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb” Romans 4:18–19
“Blessed be the Lord . . . who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master.”
“Then, suddenly, all of the young people were up out of their seats, screaming and shouting and crying, doing small dances, shaking clenched fists in triumph and exultation.”
Hope interrupted his despair
Sin is the gravity in our nature pulling us back into despair
God wants to interrupt our lives with the hope of the gospel!