Monday, November 29, 2010

NIPTO, Day 295


I'm tired. Getting out of bed today was rough. Not gonna lie.

But today has been goood. :)
Went to school. Took some pictures of Carrie during lunch. Went to classes. Came home. Played guitar for a while. Listened to Dave Ramsey for a while. And then Kaytee and I went to see Tangled.
Tangled might just be my new favorite Disney Princess movie. Rapunzel is.... awesome. And Zachary Levi plays Flynn Ryder/Eugene Fitzherbert. And I love Zachary Levi. Yup yup. I just downloaded the soundtrack. Because it's awesome. =]

Then I came home and ate dinner and watched The Office and now I'm watching Chuck. Annd I still love Zachary Levi! :)

Ruth 4:1-12
1 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.
 2 Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. 3 Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek. 4 I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.”
   “I will redeem it,” he said.

So. Boaz. Guardian-redeemer. 
Boaz went to the "real" guardian-redeemer of Naomi's family in a public place, the town gate, and asked/told him to sit down. Boaz brought 10 of the elders there and told them to sit down. They did. Then he told them the situation: Naomi's selling land. And he thought he should let them know. Because Boaz would redeem the land if the other guardian-redeemer wouldn't. But the guardian-redeemer said he would redeem the land.

 5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.”
 6 At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.”

Then Boaz threw a wrench in the deal: when he buys the land, he also gets Ruth. The man said he couldn't do it. He couldn't do it because it would put his land in danger. So he told him to redeem it. (yaaaaay! haha)

 7 (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.)
 8 So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.

I think that's an interesting... cultural... ritual thing. Remove a shoe to finalize a transaction. 

 9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!”

Boaz announced to the elders and people that they were witnesses that he bought all the property that belonged to Elimelek, Kilion, and Mahlon. And that he got Ruth along with that. That's what they witnessed. 

 11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”

They acknowledged that they were witnesses. Then they kind of "dedicated" Ruth. They asked God to make her like Rachel and Leah, who were wonderful women. That she would have "prestigious" offspring. 

And. That. Is. All. For. Tonight. I'm going to go listen to the Tangled soundtrack and go to bed. 
G'night all!

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