Shavu’ot and the Book of Ruth
Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!” —Ruth 4:14
Today, Jewish people all around the world celebrate Shavu’ot. The meaning of the word Shavu’ot is “weeks,” as it’s celebrated 7 weeks after the second day of Passover. In the Christian tradition, it’s known as Pentecost—a Greek term which means “fiftieth,” referring to the fact that it happens roughly 50 days after Easter.
It is customary to read the book of Ruth at this time since the events recounted took place during the time of the spring harvest, and Ruth is a picture of the gentiles’ willing acceptance of a Jewish lifestyle and embracing the God of Israel.
Ruth the Moabite symbolizes the ability to create a strong and faithful connection between people, even if they are strangers, or significantly different from one another. Ruth, whose name means, “friendship,” follows Naomi, her mother in law and friend, with love and uncompromising faithfulness. She chooses the warmth of dedication over the coldness of foreignness and manages to bring people together against all odds. It is a powerful legacy and an important reminder for us all. (VFI News)