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FEBRUARY 9 – AT THE FEET


FEBRUARY 9 – AT THE FEET

Ruth 3:4  And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do. 

A custom unknown in our nation was when Ruth laid down at the feet of Boaz. In the 3rd chapter and verse one, a word is used that has an interesting meaning. That word is “rest” and could mean “home.” I always connect the term rest with home. I leave work to go home to rest from my labors of the day. Naomi is asking Ruth if she should seek rest (a home) for her. A home indicates rest and security.

Boaz is kin to us. We are related by marriage. Here is an opportunity to rest from her labors and gain a husband and a home. This would be security for a person. A place where one can retreat from the cares and drudgery of this wicked world. All Ruth had to do was lay at Boaz’s feet. How simple was this? All of this depended upon Boaz being a kinsman. He was wealthy and could provide for her. He had already shown himself inclined to her by the instructions he gave to the men that harvested his field.

What about us? Jesus is our kinsman redeemer. He wants to redeem us and give us security and a place to retreat from the wickedness of this world. He wants to give us security. It is so simple. For by grace are ye saved through faith. It is so simple some stumble, expecting that they need to be good to get to heaven. He gives us security in that He gives us eternal life like John 3:16 says, “everlasting life.” After we have been redeemed by prostrating our selves at the feet of the risen Savior, we have come home for rest, peace and the security of Jesus Christ.

Let us seek the Savior for salvation and security and service.

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Render to All Their Dues


Render to All Their Dues

Romans 13:1-7

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour,” Romans 13:7.

  

What would happen if I decided one day that I would stop paying my house payment, car payment or income taxes? Is that really a viable option for a responsible citizen, much less a Christian? Aside from the immediate consequences like losing my home, my car, paying fines or even imprisonment, there would be long-term consequences as well. There would not be a bank that would take a risk in giving me a loan and my credit scores would plummet. Why? Because when I default in paying what I owe, it says something about my character.

God reminded Christians to pay what they owed, whether it was taxes or revenue, honor or respect, because when we follow through on our commitments and obligations, it says much about our character. Our character speaks to the world about the character of the God we worship and serve. How can we expect our friends and neighbors to believe us when we tell them about the life-changing gospel of Christ if our own lives are not changed for the better, or if they cannot trust us to fulfill our obligations? Christians are obliged to be law-abiding citizens and represent God well. Our only purpose on this earth is to communicate the good news that Jesus paid a debt He did not owe so that we could be forgiven a debt we could not pay.

JUST A THOUGHT

Will you fulfill your obligations for God’s glory today?

Mark Clements

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