THE ROMANCE OF REDEMPTION(Pt. 3)

“Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, shouldn’t I find security for you, so that you will be taken care of? Now isn’t Boaz our relative? Haven’t you been working with his female servants? This evening he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on [perfumed] oil, and wear your [best] clothes. Go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let the man know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. “(Ruth 3:1-3 HCSB)

We noted the spiritual journey which Ruth the Moabitess made in following Naomi back to her homeland of Bethlehem-Judah. There was a visitation of God giving His people bread after a harsh famine depleted their food supply. We are hearing the wonderful news today from many quarters of the fact that many are turning to the Lord God, seeking for the true bread of life. John the beloved records an incident after Jesus had fed the five thousand men, along with the women and children. The crowds followed after Him to get more of a miracle of food. Jesus, discerning their true intent, redirects their focus to the purpose for which He had come into the world. “Don’t work for the food that perishes, but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him.” For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said, “Sir, give us this bread always!” “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again. (John 6:27, 33-35 HCSB)

TRUE BREAD

We are living in times of spiritual famine and malnourishment. The prophet Amos records in his day that a day like this would come. “Hear this! The days are coming for the declaration of the Lord God-when I will send a famine through the land: not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11 HCSB). This is not due to lack of Bible information in many places where people gather in the name of the Lord. Rather it is because the letter of the Word is often given with no giving forth of the Word of life, which can only come by the Spirit of life. Thus many have been trained in preaching and teaching as technique but they do not as Paul said “have the Mind of Christ”. Thus traditions apart from God are ministered, or that which comes from a “carnal mind” or natural reasoning. Jesus is raising up those who will be servants of His Word, ministering not in the confidence of the flesh, but in the power of the Holy Spirit. True bread can only be prepared when we have prepared ourselves by being in God’s presence; applying ourselves in prayer and study of the Scriptures by the help of the Holy Spirit our Teacher and Guide. He alone can make Jesus Christ known to us.

PREPARE YOURSELF

Ruth continued to work in the field of Boaz and he took note of her. Naomi, no doubt, took notice as well. And like a good Jewish woman began to play “matchmaker”, albeit her efforts were of the LORD God–the ultimate Matchmaker. She instructed Ruth to prepare herself to go down to the threshing floor where the barley harvest was being brought in. She was instructed not to go down merely as a hired hand, but as one who was seeking redemption, knowing that Boaz was indeed a kinsman-redeemer. Naomi’s instruction to Ruth are applicable for those today who desired to be noticed and sought after by Yeshua (Jesus) our “Kinsman-redeemer”. Peter said, “For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was chosen before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the times for you “(1 Peter 1:18-20 HCSB).

Like Ruth we can’t approach our Lord any way we choose. We must “wash ourselves” as Paul wrote, “Therefore, dear friends, since we have such promises, let us cleanse ourselves from every impurity of the flesh and spirit, completing our sanctification in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 HCSB) Again, like Ruth, we must “change our garments and anoint ourselves” as our Lord commands. “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire so that you may be rich, white clothes, so that you may be dressed and your shameful nakedness not be exposed, and ointment to spread on your eyes so that you may see.” (Revelation 3:18 HCSB)

Spiritual preparation is a costly affair in this hour, but it is nothing compared to what it cost Yeshua, our Savior. He gave His very life as an expression of His love for us. This life is a call to prepare for our eternal state. Like Ruth, we understand that it is not merely to work in the field of the master, but to be married to the man of the field.

(c) Copyright 2012, Walter Fletcher Jr., All rights are reserved. This article may be copied provided that it is not altered in any way from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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