Toast at the End of Ruth

What’s so weird about the toast at the end of Ruth?

 

The verse with the toast is Ruth 4:12.

And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.

That sounds okay, doesn’t it?  Yeah, if you don’t know what they’re talking about.  Check out Genesis 38:6-30.  Now what do you think about the toast?  Doesn’t it make you want to go, “Why you … scruffy-looking … NERFHERDER!”  Well, okay, maybe only if you can identify what movie that comes out of, but still, telling someone you hope his wedded bliss turns out just like Tamar and Judah is hardly a compliment.

 

Or is it?  Look at Ruth 4:18-22.  There you see the last ten generations of David’s lineage.  Count up the different names you see starting at Pharez.  Now go look up Deuteronomy 23:2.  How many generations does it take for a descendant of a child born out of wedlock to enter the congregation?  Interesting, yes?  The toast at the end of Ruth is actually a prophecy.  David is the first descendant of Pharez who can enter into the congregation.  That’s important for a young shepherd who’d grow up to be king.

 

Source: Missler, Chuck.  Commentary on the Book of Ruth.  Koinonia House.

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