Beware of the Tares

What is a tare anyways? Today the word is used as the measure of an empty container before weighing the substance of interest. In some ways this could be fitting. But, in biblical times, it is a type of young weed among grain that resembles the grain. It is an imposter. It is a weed that becomes more like a vine and wraps around the other plants and is hard to remove without hurting the grain plants. There are many people like that.

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Ruth 2: Showing Character

The second chapter of Ruth reveals the character of Ruth and of Boaz.  Ruth meets Boaz as she is gleaning wheat in his field during the harvest.  The culture in Israel allows the poor to go to fields and “glean,” or basically pick up the scraps in a field during the harvest.  A landowner is to leave the corners of the field so that the poor can come and collect grain for their family.  Also, anything that the harvesters drop is free for the poor to collect.  What a great welfare system! Continue reading “Ruth 2: Showing Character”

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