“He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” Ruth 3:9 ESV
We are studying the book of Ruth – a redemption story with a genealogy that birth’s the Messiah and redeems the world. Ruth obtains blessings out of a time of despair that restore her and provide for her future and God wants to do the same for us! God has a plan for us.
Dear Heavenly Father – you are The Redeemer! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life and using them for your greater plans. You alone restore. You alone redeem. You alone are to be glorified! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Did you all read chapter 3 yesterday?!?! (chapter 4 is attached below, like chapter 3 was yesterday)
Let me summarize it. So Naomi, Ruth’s mother-in-law, says to her, I know you are a widow, but get out of those widow clothes and go to Boaz and let him know you are available (wink, wink). OK, she is a young widow – and here is a guy, who has already noticed her, who can by law marry her and provide for her.
But Naomi’s plan is as creepy as creepers can be! Imagine, getting all cleaned up, anointing yourself, looking as pretty as you can make yourself. Then hiding until the guy you are trying to seduce falls asleep in his barn. Once He is asleep, sneaking in and uncovering his feet. So He is passed out tired – snoring from all the dust, and you pull off his shoes to get a nice sniff of his sweaty, dirty feet?!?! Well sweetheart, I suppose if this is the guy you will marry, you might as well know how loud he snores and how bad his feet smell!
Then she tells Ruth to sleep at his feet! On the floor of the barn, all dolled up and looking pretty. Go ahead and ruin that hair and makeup job with the hay on the dirty barn floor next to those smelling feet! I am sorry – but I do not know, if I was Ruth, that I would trust this plan or obey it. But sweet Ruth, goes ahead with it.
Boaz wakes up in the middle of the night and is startled by her – a creepy shadow sleeping at his feet. They have a conversation that is way too deep for a half asleep mind – so he says, go back to sleep (at my feet) and we will talk about this later. Um, how could she sleep? Besides the floor sounding very uncomfortable, was that a rejection or not? My mind would have tormented me all night!
Then they wake up before the sun or others can see – He says, he will see if he can redeem her (marry her) and he gives her grain and says get out of here!!! Can you imagine what people would think seeing this “upstanding Ruth lady” sneaking out of the barn at daybreak?!?! Was this the first ever recorded ‘walk of shame’ (without the shame as nothing promiscuous happened)?!!
Thankfully Boaz did not find it creepy – He thought she was sweet. However, ladies – Do not try this at home! No breaking into some man’s house and seducing him by uncovering his feet and sleeping on the floor at the foot of his bed! This will not work in the year 2020!! Aren’t there enough problems in this year? We do not need to add to it. Beside this being the opposite of avoiding the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22) the lawyer fees for getting you out of trouble will be too high!
But it does remind me –
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8 ESV
So, God had a plan and Naomi was a godly woman and God used her to guide Ruth. God cared about the fact that they had no food – God provided through Ruth becoming a servant in the field for Boaz, but as the harvest ended, God made a new way to provide. God cared about the little mundane daily life stuff and He took care of it.
“The LORD of Hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so will it be; as I have purposed, so will it stand.” Isaiah 14:24 ESV
The book of Ruth begins with a timeframe – this story happening during a difficult time – a time of famine and during the time of judges. God had bigger things he had to deal with. God was also preparing a way for Jesus to be born and the redemption and salvation of all of mankind! God had everything in all of everywhere, which he had to manage. Yet, a couple of hungry, downtroddened widows needed Him to care for them and make a way for them. He turned their situation into good. He can and will do the same for us, even in a global pandemic and end times.
But then he did more than they could have ever expected.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
God did not just provide for them and feed them and give them a home and give Ruth a husband and a child – But that child was David’s grandfather and from that bloodline, Jesus was born! Ruth was not alive on earth to see how far her blessings reached – but I am sure she saw it from heaven! And the point here is that feeding and caring for you is not only something that God does (and does well) but he can use blessing these daily struggle to fulfill world saving prophesies!
“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV
Lord, we commit our daily struggles, all the little things and big things, we commit our jobs, our governments, and our world to you. You are able to take care of our every need as well as the big picture. Lord, we see here in 2 Timothy, you will keep it until “that Day” – not until we die, no, your providence continues, like Ruth’s blessings – from being a foreigner to being adopted by you and becoming part of the genealogy of Christ. Thank you that your plans for us are for now and for eternity! Help us trust you to do what you do and take care of everything. Help us to stay in your will and honor you in humility with a servant’s heart. In Jesus Name we pray – Amen
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Ruth Chapter 4 ESV
Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. 4 So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.” And he said, “I will redeem it.” 5 Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.” 6 Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”
7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel. 8 So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal. 9 Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. 10 Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.” 11 Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem, 12 and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman.”
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 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! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22 Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.