Ruth

A basket of apples

Ruth 1:1-13 – in leaving Judah did Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon & Chilion disobey You & so were reaping the consequences of their action, where as if they’d stayed they’d have been alright? Was it not trusting in You to bring them through? Naomi herself said that she went out full & came back empty, is this what happens to us, when we decide to go our own way, we go out full & then come back to Him empty? In going to Kingsgate is this what we’re doing, going to somewhere that promises to be good, but will empty us instead? Moab promised good things which in their own land wasn’t there anymore, instead it left Naomi bereft of her sons & husband & poor needing help! (Jonah wouldn’t obey God & ended up in a fish, there was a different atmosphere, the storm was of God, because of disobedience. Jonah was running away from You, Alan & I were running towards You and I still am – J John on Daystar. I can feel the Holy Spirit moving in my life – wow this is so powerful). (Liza Bevere God wants to stretch us, woh!). (After having listened to Daystar today I’m realising that in going to Kingsgate I am running towards my destiny, not away from. Thank-You God!)

Ruth 1:14-18 (NASB) ‘And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.’ There was something about Naomi that made Ruth cling to her, not only her, but her God. Was Ruth afraid, what are You trying to show me here Lord? Did she not trust her own gods? Was she unhappy in her own life? What are You trying to tell me here Lord? Naomi means – pleasant, beautiful.

Ruth 1:14-22 – in these verses, I believe God sent Naomi to Moab to bring out a treasure, Ruth! Although Naomi felt abandoned by God, maybe she wasn’t abandoned after all, she just couldn’t see the treasure she had brought out, the treasure that was standing right next to her; she was feeling too sorry for herself to see beyond how she felt – this is awesome stuff! I, in going to Kingsgate, are going to bring out a treasure, wow!
Ruth 2 – maybe Kingsgate to me is like Boaz to Ruth & Naomi, as in it will protect me while I glean what God has to give me!?! I know God is my Kinsman Redeemer!

Ruth 2.8. (NASB) ‘Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids.”‘ Don’t let us go to another field a part from God’s field, knowing He is our Redeemer, our Kinsman Redeemer. He doesn’t only want us to glean what is left over, but to have the best in everything because we are His bride. Just as Ruth became Boaz’s bride & instead of gleaning what was left over in his field, she received the first fruit of everything he had to offer, so as God’s bride He wants us to have the first fruits of everything He has to offer…thank-You Lord. Let’s not try to analyse it, but just accept it as fact…Amen!

Ruth 2:11 (NASB) ‘Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.’ We are both leaving places that are familiar to us & going to somewhere that neither of us know!
Ruth 2:11 – I wonder if she was homesick? Did her parents miss her? It looks as if she didn’t say good-bye to them? They probably wondered why Orpah went back, but not their own daughter! There’s a lot more here than just someone deciding to leave home. She left literally everything! Wow!

Ruth 2:12 – she went to seek refuge under God’s wings! Wow! She literally left everything to do it. Reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 19:29 ‘And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.’ This is exactly what Ruth did & as we see in chapters 3 & 4 she received everything back many times over! Wow!

Ruth 2:13 (NASB) Then she said, “I have found favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and indeed have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” I’ve been told that I am a highly favoured lady, thank-You Lord I receive that! Forgive me for my lack of understanding! Have I found favour in Your sight, or have I lost it somewhere.

Ruth 3:1-5 (NASB) ‘Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.” She said to her, “All that you say I will do.”‘ Ruth must have had incredible trust in Naomi, for Ruth to go into a virtual stranger’s house & lie down by his feet; I’m not sure if I’d have the same sense of trust, yet how much she’d have missed had she not!

Ruth 3:1-5 (NASB) Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.” She said to her, “All that you say I will do.” I believe this verse in Hebrews goes with this:- Hebrews 13:17 (NASB) Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. This wasn’t just faith in Naomi, it was coming under authority. I’ve been a rebel all my life. I’ve passed this down to my children! This, I believe, is the reason I’ve never come into my destiny. Being a rebel does not make you strong, it just means you have no respect for the people who has charge over you. I had little, if any respect for the teachers at my boarding school, my fault, not theirs. God forgive me for my rebelliousness. Ruth came under the authority of the older & wiser Naomi, she made it. I think it is more partnership than coming under authority.

Ruth 3:11 (NASB) ‘Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.’ Ruth was known as a ‘Woman of Excellence’ through out the city, this treasure. (I believe that by chapter 2 Naomi was beginning to see what treasure she really had, would she have survived without Ruth, or maybe she would have survived but would she have lived the life she was supposed to, which we see she did in the last chapter if it hadn’t been for Ruth.). Boaz was promising something to Ruth that Jesus promises us in John 14:13, 14 (NASB): ‘Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.’ Boaz said in Ruth 3:11 ‘Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.’ Verse 18 tells us that Boaz will not rest until he has settled it; I believe You won’t rest until You have settled it – in Daniel, we’re told that it took 21 days for the Angel to get through to him after he’d asked for revelation, because Satan was trying to stop him, Michael had to come & help- Daniel 10:12 (NASB) ‘Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia’. Sometimes our answered prayer delay maybe because some evil force is attempting to stop it from coming through. We need to have patience & know that the Holy Spirit is on the case, He won’t rest until it’s been settled.

Ruth 3:18 (NASB) Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.” Amen!?! I believe it, whether that’s literally today, or soon.
Ruth 4:5, 6 (NASB) Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.” The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it. ”
The closest relative was a selfish man, maybe Boaz knew this & so didn’t tell him about Ruth until after he’d agreed to buy the field off Naomi. To buy the field would have expanded his own riches, to have taken Ruth as well could have reduced his riches. Instead Boaz became the great-grandfather of a king – David – & the ancestor of Jesus, he was far more blessed in the end because of his generosity & love for a poor, homeless widow, than his nameless relative; no-one knowing who he was or what happened to him.
Psalms 42:5 (NASB) Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.
I wonder if this is how Naomi felt like; it would be mirrored  by one of her daughter-in-law’s descendants; king David. (I need the arms of an angel).
Although Naomi did not give birth to any more sons, she brought up Ruth and Boaz’s first child, Obed, who was King David’s Grandfather. In fact in verse 17 we are told that the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons has borne him.’ Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. The neighbouring women gave him the name Obed, ‘worshipper’.
Boaz was Ruth’s Kinsman-Redeemer. I ask You Lord to be my Kinsman-Redeemer. Ruth asked Boaz to put his cloak over her, she was asking for his protection. I, too, ask for Your protection, I ask You to be my Kinsman-Redeemer!
Through the blood of Jesus, You put Your robe of protection around us. Just as Ruth asked Boaz to put his robe of protection around her & Naomi. Without Jesus we’re all poor, even though we think ourselves rich, even if we own the whole world, we’re still nothing without God.
Psalm 91:I used to think that I had to come under his wings, verse 4 shows me how He covers me with His wings; it’s Him that does it, ours is to allow Him in obedience and ask!

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