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.
FEBRUARY 7 – A STEADFAST MIND
Ruth 1:18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.
I like this word, stedfast. It seems to indicate something that is solid and unmovable. Webster puts it this way – Fast fixed; firmly fixed or established; constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering. The story of Ruth is a remarkable story of a woman that was stedfast in her resolve to continue with her mother-in-law to a land that was not hers. The scripture says that Ruth clave to her. Cleave – To stick; to adhere; to hold to; To unite aptly; to fit; to sit well on; To unite or be united closely in interest or affection; to adhere with a strong attachment. The Arkansas dialect uses the word – stick-to-it-iveness.
Ruth must have had her reasons because she gave a list of what she would do. Where you go I will go; where you live I will live; your people will be my people; your God will be my God; where you die I will die. Who of us has had that kind of influence on anyone? Naomi must have lived in such a way in front of Ruth to make a deep impression upon her.
Should we not live in this manner to influence the lives around us? What change within us would have to be made for someone to tell us those words. Who do we know that could influence us in such a manner.
What was the result of this closeness of relationship? Ruth finds a way to provide food for Naomi and herself. By the means provided to provide food, she met a man that became her husband, a very wealthy husband. Naomi’s land was redeemed.
We are taught the lesson of Jesus Christ as our kinsman redeemer. I was sold into the slavery of sin and my kinsman, Jesus Christ redeemed me from the curse and death penalty of sin. He has enriched me with a new life of service which gives me purpose and meaning for living. He showers His blessings upon me. He has brought peace and love and happiness and cause them to dwell in my life. He has set me on a solid foundation that cannot be moved.
Ruth, a Moabite by birth, and Boaz, a Jew by birth, are in the lineage of Christ. Here I am with an inheritance because I cling to Jesus my Savior.
May we all learn to cling to Jesus.