“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. Anyone interested in hearing a few odd and random thought on the book of Ruth??
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
Well – all week we have taken a look at the book of Ruth. Granted this was less of a study for you all as it was my thoughts on what I was studying. I don’t usually do it that way – but it was something new and how God was leading me. You can go back and read them if you missed it – I think they were fun posts.
The book of Ruth lead me on a few different paths of thought – good character, complete trust in God, being true to who he made us to be, and others (including how NOT to pick up men – although it did work for Ruth).
Today – let me jot down other random thoughts I had while studying the book, because I think it will be fun as well.
First – She ate until she was full. This is essential her first date with Boaz and she didn’t order a salad and pick at it like a bird – Nope – she ate until she was full. All the more I want to be more like Ruth! Be true to who we are – we are human and need food. Besides, Ruth and Naomi were broke and in need to food – hungry!
“And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.” Ruth 2:14 ESV
“And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied.” Ruth 2:18 ESV
Another thought on this – So Ruth ate until she was full and brought the leftovers to her starving old mother in law?! Really, Ruth?? I would have expected her to eat only half of it then bring home the other half as poor Naomi is home starving! It was just a thought. She was so selfless and kind – it felt off character when I read it. But she was also doing manual labor all day and hungry as well. Obviously, it is not noted as a flaw in her character. Just something I noticed.
Next – she had to work in the fields from the beginning of harvest until the end as we see in verse 23 of Ruth 2. We do not know how much time had passed from when Ruth became a widow and when she arrived in Bethlehem. But we do know that was the darkest of times for her and Naomi. Once she started working in the fields, they at least had some food coming in – but this was not a big improvement for their lives as it was hard work, little pay and very temporary.
This made me think about the lowest points in my life – I prayed for God to help and intervene and things only improve a little and without much security. But how much it lifts my spirits that He helped! This is the point in time when we should press in harder in prayer and reading our Bibles. It may feel like a reprieve and a rest from stress – but its temporary and the bigger blessing is yet to come! Press in with God and pray it through! If it isn’t exceedingly abundantly above all you can ask or think – then God isn’t done yet – keep praying!
And my final thoughts are from Chapter 4 –
“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.” Ruth 4:11-12 ESV
Ruth was already a woman of loyal character with a servant’s heart. A goal for anyone to want to achieve. But look at the further blessings that the people at the gate and elders spoke upon her, they were actually prophetic.
To be like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel! What a fantastic way for those two to be remembered after the trickery and deception that love triangle came from. But those women put it all aside, and God’s will prevailed for His people, and their husband Jacob became Israel and the nation was born. The elders blessed Ruth with the blessing of building Israel! Which we see fulfilled with David and Jesus coming from her bloodline. And the reference to the House of Perez, is because this was also part of Jesus genealogy – therefore also part of Boaz’s family history.
Jesus’s gift of redemption for all of mankind (first to the Jew then to the gentile) came from the redemption of a women who was not a Jew! Our God is a God of restoration and redemption! Oh the glorious grace of it all!!! Especially in such a time as this as we look up, waiting for our Lord to come back through the sky!
And my final thought was that it was interesting that the neighborhood women named Ruth’s baby in verse 17 of chapter 4. I am not sure that I would trust my neighbors to name my child – they might give him a weird name like Obed! (Well aren’t all my trust issues showing this week?!)
Oh Lord, help us to stay in your will, be generous, caring servants to other as unto you. Help us Lord to understand that our hardships are just for a season and for a reason and to trust you with the little things and the big things. Ruth met her second husband in the field – and Ruth had to lose her first husband in order to have her second husband and the child that would make her David’s great grandmother. Lord help us and heal us through our losses but also help us to hold on, as you are the great restorer and redeemer, and you have blessings on the way for us. Keep us under your wing – we stand on your promises of provisions and care. Thank you Lord for all you have taught us and made us think about this week. In Jesus name we pray – Amen
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