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Moving Into Destiny - Part Four

God has a plan for our lives and He is longing for us to choose to trust Him. Ruth had made that choice and when she went to work in the field of Boaz, little did she know that God was directing her steps and her life would never be the same again.

16th Sep 2009


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My thoughts //

Ruth 2:6-3:4.

Boaz noticed Ruth the moment he arrived at the field and he spoke blessings over her. We need to know that God notices everything about us and He wants to bless us in every area of our lives. 

Ruth 2:12 tells us that Ruth had not only put her trust in the Almighty but had found a place of refuge under His wings. The law in Deuteronomy 23:3 makes it clear that because of sin, all Moabites were excluded from the congregation of Israel and yet we see Ruth accepted and brought into the family of God. This is because God’s grace overcomes the law. Romans 5:20.

From the moment of first trusting in Jehovah, Ruth was being lead into God’s plan for her life. She was moving forward on this journey of faith because trust in God always opens up the path for our lives.

Ruth 2:13 we see Ruth’s response to Boaz as she reminds him that she is different to the other workers. No doubt she was referring to her race because she was a Gentile and an outsider to Israel. Perhaps there were those who made her feel different but Boaz saw her through God’s eyes and God is not a racist. He loves and values everyone and He sent His Son to die on the cross so that the human race could not only be reconciled to each other but to Him. Ephesians 2:11. In fact Isaiah 60:1 prophesied that the Gentiles would come to God and it was always God’s plan to be inclusive to all the nations. God has always loved the foreigner.

Ruth 2:14 shows us God’s favour over Ruth because Boaz told his workers to deliberately drop handfuls of grain for her to pick up

God is our Kinsman redeemer and He purposely leaves handfuls of good things for us. Psalm 84:11

When Naomi sees the amount of food that Ruth brings home she is alerted to the fact that God is up to something!

Sometimes we just sense that God is at work in a certain way! Do you see something of hope rise up in Naomi at this point? She is beginning to understand that God is not against her - but working for her.

Naomi understands the role of the Kinsman redeemer and she is beginning to believe that Boaz might be willing to fulfil this role.

Here is what it involved:-

The Kinsman redeemer was a near relative who acted as protector of the family rights and he is a picture of all that God has done for us. Compare the practical roles listed below with the spiritual application of all that Christ has done for us.

The Kinsman redeemer was responsible to redeem lost opportunities. He could be called upon:-

(1) to buy back property that the family had mortgaged

(2) to provide an heir for a deceased brother by marrying that brother’s wife and producing a child with her.

(3) to purchase freedom if in slavery.

(4) to be the avenger of blood in case of a relative being murdered.

The Bible refers to God as the Redeemer of Israel Isaiah 60:16 and Jesus is the Redeemer of all believers. 1 Peter 1:18-19. Titus 2:13-14.

Ruth 3:1-4  shows that Naomi recognised Ruth needed security and she was about to give her wise advise. She was going to direct Ruth to place herself at the feet of Boaz. Naomi had a vital role in bringing this Gentile woman to Boaz so that they would be bride and bridegroom.

And of course all of this points prophetically to the vital role that the spiritual inheritance of Israel had in directing the Gentiles to find Christ as Saviour and Lord as well as Bridegroom. The advice is still the same - we need to humble ourselves and get to the feet of Jesus.

Naomi was going to tell Ruth to ask Boaz to “cover her” and in that culture the meaning was clear - Ruth was to ask Boaz to marry her. Ruth was already under God’s protection - now she was asking to come under Boaz’s protection.

Like Ruth we desperately need the security of coming into covenant relationship with our Redeemer so that He covers our sins and cleanses us from sin. This brings us into the most intimate relationship with Christ where He becomes our Bridegroom and we become the Bride.

God is our Kinsman redeemer and He purposely leaves handfuls of good things for us. Psalm 84:11

When Naomi sees the amount of food that Ruth brings home she is alerted to the fact that God is up to something!

Sometimes we just sense that God is at work in a certain way! Do you see something of hope rise up in Naomi at this point? She is beginning to understand that God is not against her - but working for her.

Naomi understands the role of the Kinsman redeemer and she is beginning to believe that Boaz might be willing to fulfil this role.

Here is what it involved:-

The Kinsman redeemer was a near relative who acted as protector of the family rights and he is a picture of all that God has done for us. Compare the practical roles listed below with the spiritual application of all that Christ has done for us.

The Kinsman redeemer was responsible to redeem lost opportunities. He could be called upon:-

(1) to buy back property that the family had mortgaged

(2) to provide an heir for a deceased brother by marrying that brother’s wife and producing a child with her.

(3) to purchase freedom if in slavery.

(4) to be the avenger of blood in case of a relative being murdered.

The Bible refers to God as the Redeemer of Israel Isaiah 60:16 and Jesus is the Redeemer of all believers. 1 Peter 1:18-19. Titus 2:13-14.

Ruth 3:1-4  shows that Naomi recognised Ruth needed security and she was about to give her wise advise. She was going to direct Ruth to place herself at the feet of Boaz. Naomi had a vital role in bringing this Gentile woman to Boaz so that they would be bride and bridegroom.

And of course all of this points prophetically to the vital role that the spiritual inheritance of Israel had in directing the Gentiles to find Christ as Saviour and Lord as well as Bridegroom. The advice is still the same - we need to humble ourselves and get to the feet of Jesus.

Naomi was going to tell Ruth to ask Boaz to “cover her” and in that culture the meaning was clear - Ruth was to ask Boaz to marry her. Ruth was already under God’s protection - now she was asking to come under Boaz’s protection.

Like Ruth we desperately need the security of coming into covenant relationship with our Redeemer so that He covers our sins and cleanses us from sin. This brings us into the most intimate relationship with Christ where He becomes our Bridegroom and we become the Bride.

The Kinsman redeemer was responsible to redeem lost opportunities. He could be called upon:-

(1) to buy back property that the family had mortgaged

(2) to provide an heir for a deceased brother by marrying that brother’s wife and producing a child with her.

(3) to purchase freedom if in slavery.

(4) to be the avenger of blood in case of a relative being murdered.

The Bible refers to God as the Redeemer of Israel Isaiah 60:16 and Jesus is the Redeemer of all believers. 1 Peter 1:18-19. Titus 2:13-14.

Ruth 3:1-4  shows that Naomi recognised Ruth needed security and she was about to give her wise advise. She was going to direct Ruth to place herself at the feet of Boaz. Naomi had a vital role in bringing this Gentile woman to Boaz so that they would be bride and bridegroom.

And of course all of this points prophetically to the vital role that the spiritual inheritance of Israel had in directing the Gentiles to find Christ as Saviour and Lord as well as Bridegroom. The advice is still the same - we need to humble ourselves and get to the feet of Jesus.

Naomi was going to tell Ruth to ask Boaz to “cover her” and in that culture the meaning was clear - Ruth was to ask Boaz to marry her. Ruth was already under God’s protection - now she was asking to come under Boaz’s protection.

Like Ruth we desperately need the security of coming into covenant relationship with our Redeemer so that He covers our sins and cleanses us from sin. This brings us into the most intimate relationship with Christ where He becomes our Bridegroom and we become the Bride.

 

 

 

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