ROMANCE OF REDEMPTION(Pt. 2)

“May the LORD reward you for what you have done, and may you receive a full reward from the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”(Ruth 2:12 HCSB)

The Book of Ruth holds a unique place in the Scriptures for we Gentile believers. It is the only Book in the Old Covenant writings that celebrates the life of one who became a part of the Jewish community. Further still, she is listed in the very lineage of Jesus the Messiah. Matthew’s Gospel records, “Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and also from the family of Abraham. And this is a list of his ancestors. From Abraham to King David, his ancestors were:
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and his brothers (Judah’s sons were Perez and Zerah, and their mother was Tamar), Hezron;
Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz (his mother was Rahab), Obed (his mother was Ruth), Jesse, and King David.
From the exile to the birth of Jesus, his ancestors were:
Jehoiachin, Shealtiel, Zerubbabel, Abiud, Eliakim, Azor, Zadok, Achim;
Eliud, Eleazar, Matthan, Jacob, and Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who is called the Messiah.
There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David. There were also fourteen from David to the exile in Babylonia and fourteen more to the birth of the Messiah.” (Matthew 1:1, 2, 12, 17 CEVUK)
Perhaps Ruth’s celebrated place among the lineage of David had something to do with her heart of hearts. She was one who had heard from her mother in law (And friend) concerning the one true and living God. As a friend of Naomi she clung to her, purposing to follow and know her God. In Ruth’s story believe there is another endearing quality about her…
RUTH SERVED
When She arrived in her new homeland,Bethlehem-Judah, she didn’t just hang out with the local women or stay idle at Naomi’s house. Rather, she chose to employ herself for her mother-in-law and friend. She went out to the fields because it was the time of the barley harvest! She was serving with God’s people in the midst of the Feast of Shavuot(Pentecost). Likewise, those who were in the Upper room(Acts 2) were together “waiting on the Lord”. The very term “waiting” in the Hebrew language concept can be misunderstood. We must not think of the idea of waiting as inactivity but actively waiting in service. The psalmist understood this when he wrote,”I lift my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven. Like a servant’s eyes on his master’s hand, like a servant girl’s eyes on her mistress’s hand, so our eyes are on the Lord our God until He shows us favor.” (Psalm 123:1, 2 HCSB)
Ruth served in the field and was noticed by the man of the field, Boaz.
“So Ruth left and entered the field to gather [grain] behind the harvesters. She happened to be in the portion of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family. Boaz asked his servant who was in charge of the harvesters, “Whose young woman is this?” (Ruth 2:3, 5 HCSB)
It is easy to be noticed when you are serving the right One for the right reason.
Boaz’s name means “fleeting”. He quickly noticed this Moabitess in his field. I am sure that her outward beauty was appealing but that is not what captured his attention. Because news travels fast(Even back then!), he had heard that Naomi, one of his kinfolk had returned to the land and her personal property with a foreigner for a daughter in law. But when he saw how she diligently served in his field…he was taken with the virtue of her character. “So Ruth left and entered the field to gather [grain] behind the harvesters. She happened to be in the portion of land belonging to Boaz, who was from Elimelech’s family.
Boaz asked his servant who was in charge of the harvesters, “Whose young woman is this?” (Ruth 2:3, 5 HCSB) She was there gathering grain for Naomi and their needs. But God had in mind so much more. Boaz instructed her to stay and labor in his field, assuring her that she had no need to FEAR or WANT. Likewise, our LORD gives similar promises to those who will serve in His field. “For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 a HCSB).
RIGHT PRIORITY
Ruth while serving was being prepared for her future in the LORD God. The scriptures teach us that if we are faithful in our service in His kingdom we will be rewarded in this life as well as in the life to come. The wise Solomon wrote, “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit in the field; and afterwards build thine house”(Prov. 24:27 KJV). When we seek to serve the Lord Jesus'(Yeshua’s) interest as our true priority, He our King takes notice of our needs. This is not because we ask but in confirmation that we have grown in our spiritual maturity. It is not about us, it is all about Him. In essence, He says, “You take care of My Family business and I will take of your family business”. That’s how it works.
Our Lord said,”So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:31-34 HCSB)

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