Ruth and the Messiah in Shilo

Ruth and the Messiah in Shilo

Rabbi Tuly Weisz, founder of the Yeshiva for the Nations lead a Bible Study for a group of Hayovel volunteers on their recent trip to Israel. Hayovel is a wonderful organization which brings Christian volunteers from all over the world to Israel to help Jewish farmers in Samaria.

The Bible Study took place in the Biblical City of Shilo where the Tabernacle was erected after Joshua lead the Jewish people into the Land of Israel.  According to tradition, the Tabernacle stood in Shilo for 369 years. The remains of the Tabernacle can still be seen today only minutes from the modern and vibrant city of Shilo.

In the shade of a Shilo park, Rabbi Tuly and the Hayovel tour participants studied the Book of Ruth as was appropriate as their meeting fell out on the even of the Jewish Holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is the Biblical Holiday on which the Book of Ruth is read aloud in synagogue. Rabbi Tuly spoke to the group about the famous verse in Ruth 1:16; “And Rut said: ‘Entreat me not to leave thee, and to return from following after thee; for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” The participants expressed that this verse resonated with them as they volunteered their time and energy to support the Land and People of Israel.

This particular Bible Study was especially significant as it took place in Shilo- the city of the Messiah as it says in Genesis 49:10; “The sceptre shall not depart from Yehudah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, as long as men come to Shiloh; and unto him shall the obedience of the peoples be.” According to Jewish numerology known as ‘gematriya’, every Hebrew letter corresponds to a different number. Under this principle, certain words, ideas, and verses are connected by their matching numerical values. Amazingly, the numerical value of the words ‘yavo shiloh’ (Shiloh comes) adds up to 358 which is exactly the same numerical value as the word ‘mashiach,’ Hebrew for Messiah. For this reason, Shilo is believed to be a city intimately connected with the arrival of the Messiah.

The Book of Ruth concludes in chapter 4, verse 17; “And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying: ‘There is a son born to Naomi’; and they called his name Oved; he is the father of Yishai, the father of David.” Ruth’s reward for her selflessness towards her mother-in-law Naomi, was the honour of being the great-grandmother of King David. Jewish tradition tells us that the future Messiah will be a descendent of the House of David and thus also be an offspring of Ruth.

Learning about the Book of Ruth, on the eve of Shavuot, in Shilo- the city of the Messiah was a profound experience for all of the participants.

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