About This Blog

We welcome you to ‘Six measures of barley’. As  we share our life in Jesus Christ, let me tell you few things that you might be  interested in knowing about our blog. To start with, we are a bunch of families  sharing the same vision, redeemed, restituted and repurposed by the saving grace  of Jesus Christ. Being  part of the redeemed ministries ( http://www.redeemed4christ.com ) this  blog is a platform for us to voice the love of our redeemer, share our passion for the word of God and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  Let us walk  together, learn together and inspire one another in this beautiful journey savoring the love of our sweet ‘Boaz’- Christ Jesus.

The story behind the name!

Every week on our way to church , I get to see a farm with old charm. As a  matter of fact , I was so attracted to its name ‘Barley Sheaf’. While  in the discussion process of a name for the blog , I was pressed by the Holy Spirit towards Ruth 3:15.  “ Also he said, “Bring the veil  that thou hast upon thee , and hold it.” And when she held it, he measured six  measures of barley, and laid it on her. And she went into the city.”   The phrase “six measures of barley” enlightened me with the abounding grace of Boaz towards the gentile Ruth . Beyond  plain text,  I felt my  soul stirred up by the grace, love, humbleness and a beautiful promise, all  attached to the corners of the phrase ‘six measures of barley’ and that became the name of our blog!

Come with me to Ruth 3:15 and let the Holy Spirit lead you into this beautiful story of redemption. Don’t forget to closely follow Ruth, the gentile  bride who resembles you and me. The story takes us to the barley threshing floor  of Boaz. Men, women and children are all feasting and rejoicing as God blessed  them with a great harvest after a season of drought. At the other side of the  threshing floor, not much away from the crowd, we could see the beautiful, well adored and anointed Ruth, in total obedience to her mother-in-law, waiting humbly and patiently. The graceful Moabite daughter-in-law of Naomi chose to cling to Naomi in her distress saying, “your people shall be my people, and  your God my God,”; left her hometown, her pagan gods and chose to find  refuge under the wings of the God of Israel. Well aware of her worthless baggy  Moabite ancestry, Ruth  is waiting on the threshing floor to meet Boaz ;her  ‘goel’ or ‘kinsman redeemer’ to ask if he would redeem her.

A goel is a close relative of a person who could perform the duties  of redemption to a family.(redeem the relative from slavery, to repurchase the  property of a relative who had had to sell it because of poverty; to avenge the  blood of his relative; to marry his brother’s widow in order to have a son for  his brother; in case the brother had no children.) Since Boaz was a  recognized goel for the family of Elimelech – the deceased husband of Naomi,  Ruth could request him to protect the posterity of Elimelech’s family, and take  her in marriage. This act was regarded proper in those days. If Boaz did not fulfill this duty, then the direct family and name of Elimelech would perish.  Perpetuating the family name of Elimelech (and every man in Israel) was thought  to be an important duty. These protections to save the name of a family through the laws showed how important it was to God to preserve the institution of the family in Israel.

 Let’s get back to Ruth who is at the threshing floor. In Ruth 3:6,   “So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her  mother-in-law instructed her.”  After celebrating the winnowing of barley, women  and children will leave the threshing floor, while men will lie at the field to  protect the grains from being stolen. Further in the scripture we see  Boaz  lying at the edge of  a heap of grain and then Ruth went and laid down at his feet as instructed by Naomi. At midnight Boaz finds someone at His feet and  asks, Who are you? Ruth replies, in verse 9  “I am Ruth, your maidservant.  Take your maidservant under your wing,  for you are a close relative.”  Here she puts down her humble request for  redemption and also makes clear to him the burden of her responsibility.  Boaz  being a man of character,  graciously considers the request of Ruth, he praises  her for her virtue and for the decision she had made to serve the God of  Israel. Boaz admired Ruth’s trust in the God of Israel, under whose wings she is  seeking protection and provision. Boaz did not keep the case pending, he did not  look her down with contempt nor did he exploit her helpless situation. The  Moabite women, considered as a girl born and bought up in sin, a girl from the wash pot, some one who totally does not deserve to receive any compassion,  received acceptance from Boaz. When Ruth is leaving,  Boaz asks her to bring her  shawl and he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on  her. Upon seeing it, Naomi understood the message – he was not only going to marry Ruth, but also redeem Naomi’s land. And he would not rest until he had  settled the matter that day.

The six measures of Barley was a small gift to Ruth, but holds a  promise much bigger than the value of that grain , “I am going to redeem  everything that was lost to you”. The six measures of barley send to Naomi’s  house ,holds the token of love. Those grains speak to me ,you are worthy in my  eyes, you are redeemable, you are never going to be empty, you will become fruitful  through me. The six measures of barley we received from our Savior lights our  world with hope, it is capable to replace everything lost to us at the garden of  Eden. Those six measures reminds Ruth the favor she received through grace. It  speaks to her  “ I am at work, I will secure your future, and you will be mine for ever”. Ruth  is a model of what God intends about us: being blessed and  be a  blessing to others. I pray ,each minute you spend here help you find the  expounding love of your goel.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”. Ephesians 1:7
Blessings!
Redeemed Ministries
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