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Moving Into Destiny - Part Three

Naomi chose to face her past so as to return to her spiritual heritage and the Lord blessed her decision. She was already Ruth's mother-in-law in the natural - but now that Ruth had trusted in the God of Israel, Naomi was Ruth's spiritual mother!

16th Sep 2009

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Ruth 1:19-21

So Ruth and Naomi made the 60 mile journey on foot back to Bethlehem and when they arrived the people asked the question “is this Naomi?” I reckon she was looking the worse for wear!

Naomi told them not to call her “Naomi meaning pleasant” but to call her “Mara meaning bitter” because the Almighty had dealt very bitterly with her. She had no idea that God could bring something good out of all her troubles.

We need to learn this lesson too, because God can work even our greatest mistakes and failings into good if we just place everything into His hands. Romans 8:28.  God wants to bless us so that we might have us many “Ruth’s” in our lives. “Ruth” means “friendship.”

Divine Timing. Ruth 1:22 .

They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest - around the middle of April.  God had ensured that they were arriving when their physical needs would be met.

Divine direction. Ruth 2:1-3

She “just happened” to end up in the field that Boaz owned. He was a wealthy and close relative to Naomi through Elimelech.

Boaz is described as having “great wealth” and this means more than financial wealth. It is actually about the power and social standing that Boaz had in the community and it also tells us that probably he was a warrior in earlier life.

Boaz was an attractive “older man”. He was a close relative to Naomi through Elimelech & his name means “swift strength”. Ruth had been married to Mahlon whose name means “weak and sickly”. Now God was about to give her a husband whose name means “swift and strong.“ It is always better to trust the Lord so that we experience the “divine exchange”.

It was of the utmost importance that Boaz was a relative through Elimelech because of the Levitical law of kinsman redeemer. His role was to marry the widow of the dead relative. The first child of the marriage would take the name and inheritance of the dead husband. This law was to protect and provide for the widow. Deuteronomy 25:5-10.

When Ruth went out to work in the fields she had no idea that God was about to change her life. Ruth was in the right place at the right time and meeting the right man - God had guided her and He was working out His plan for her life.

When Boaz first arrived at the field he noticed Ruth and enquired about her. He had already heard about her decision to leave Moab and trust the God of Israel so he encouraged her to stay in his field with the other reapers for the remainder of barley harvest.

Ruth had come under the wings of the Almighty and He was taking care of her every need. Psalm 91:1 speaks of hiding under the shadow of the Almighty and this is the safest and sweetest place for us to be. We find this place through trusting Christ to be our Saviour and Redeemer.

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