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Devotional Series: Ruth, Week 4

Linnea White

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Ruth, Week 4 | Worth

In line with Hebrew custom, the man in closest relation to a widow would marry her and look after her - he would be called a kinsman redeemer.

Boaz promised Ruth that he would marry her if the first man in line declined to do so. The man first in line did decline and in doing so Boaz stood in front of ten elders and declared that Ruth would be his wife! When he did so the elders replied:

“May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” Ruth 4:11-12

When we break down the blessings they said, it allows us to see that this marriage between Boaz and Ruth was clearly God’s providence. The elders were blessing the marriage to be fruitful and amiable - to have many children and to have a pleasant marriage. It is significant they blessed “the woman who was coming into his home” to be like Rachel and Leah, because they were women who were not of Jewish lineage who became Jewish, just as Ruth did. Since the beginning of time, God has had his hand on his people and has been intricately weaving our stories together to advance his kingdom. The second part of the blessing from the elders was, “may your family be like Perez.” This was a great honor because Perez bore children and carried on his family lineage (that eventually led to Jesus), after his first three wives did not bare children. This also foreshadows Ruth and Boaz conceiving after Ruth was barren.

“So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.” Ruth 4:13

The Lord enabled her. The Lord was in control, and the Lord is still in control. The Lord used Boaz and Ruth to conceive Obed.

Obed was the father of Jesse, Jesse was the father of David, David had Solomon, Solomon had Rehoboam, Rehoboam had Abijah, Abijah had Asa, Asa had Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat had Joram, Joram had Uzziah, Uzziah had Jotham, Jotham had Ahaz, Ahaz had Hezekiah, Hezekiah had Manasseh, Manasseh had Amon, Amon had Josiah, Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers, Jeconiah had Shealtiel, Shealtiel had Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel had Abiud, Abiud had Eliakim, Eliakim had Azor, Azor had Zadok, Zadok had Achim, Achim had Eliud, Eliud had Eleazar, Eleazar had Matthan, Matthan had Jacob, Jacob had Joseph, Mary’s husband - the Mary who gave birth to Jesus.

At the time Boaz had no idea that his obedience to Jewish custom would result generations later in the birth of Jesus Christ.

When Ruth was a widow she had worth to God. When Ruth was married to Boaz she had worth to God.

When Ruth was a pagan she had worth to God. When Ruth was a jew she had worth to God.

When Ruth was a foreigner in the land of Judah she had worth to God. When Ruth called Bethlehem home she had worth to God.

When Ruth was alone, God was with her. God never left Ruth’s side and regardless of her circumstances God always saw worth in Ruth.

IMG_0962You have worth. You are valued. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

“So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:31

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14

Friends, you have a mighty purpose in your life here on earth. You are made in God’s image and he delights in you. Whatever you are feeling is real, but the truth is simple: You are chosen and loved by God. Just like Ruth, regardless of your circumstances, God always has seen worth in you and always will.

xo, Meg

Devotional Series: Ruth, Week 3

Linnea White

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Ruth, Week 3 | Threshing Floor

What a challenging task it must have been when Naomi asked Ruth to be obedient to her and lay at the feet of Boaz. However, Ruth so humbly did so saying, “I will do whatever you say.” (Ruth 3:5) During this time the people of God were under the Law of Moses and that meant that Ruth was eligible to have a kinsman redeemer. This was a part of Israeli family tradition. A man who was a close relative was responsible to care for a childless widow and thus carry on the family name (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). Naomi was not asking this of Ruth in a selfish way - she was doing so because she wanted what was best for her daughter-in-law. She wanted rest and security for her. She knew that in Ruth doing so she would be offering herself as a bride to Boaz.

The patience that Ruth must have had to bear during that time is a perfect example of the patience that we should strive to have during whatever it is we are enduring. She not only had to be patient and wait until Boaz was asleep to approach him in the night, but after she had to wait and see if he would accept her offer.

If you are wrestling with being patient in an area of your life right now, then the story of Ruth is one for you… myself included.

When Boaz woke to Ruth at his feet, I can only assume that he was a bit stunned. She asked him, “Spread the corner or your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9) When Ruth asked Boaz to spread a corner of his garment over her, I believe she was asking him to both spiritually and physically be her covering. Boaz saw Ruth for the woman she was and not for what life had thrown at her. He noticed in her “kindness, and that she was a woman of noble character.” Boaz vowed to be her kinsman redeemer if a man of nearer kin was not willing.

Ruth was a woman of integrity with a kind heart and great nobility, but to the rest of the world she could have been seen as a barren widow in a foreign land.

I believe that there is a specific reason why this encounter between Boaz and Ruth takes place in a threshing room. A threshing room was a place where grain was separated from husks. Where the old was being stripped away from the goodness inside. Ruth was being separated from the past. She was becoming redeemed:

From poverty to wealth.

From widow to wife.

From barren to fertile.

From foreigner to an Israelite.

IMG_0846This is a beautiful picture of the redemption and transformation that happens when we surrender and lay our lives down at the feet of Jesus.

“His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering

his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew

3:12

I challenge you this week to allow God to thresh out all that you do not need to be carrying and to lay down your life at His feet.

I challenge you to be patient in the time of waiting and trust that He is making something beautiful out of your life.

Trust that God can restore and redeem all things in your life.

Be blessed!

Devotional Series: Ruth, Week 2

Linnea White

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Ruth, Week 2: Unknown Fields

The story of Ruth is one of extreme circumstance and faithfulness, where through God’s mighty purpose, He uses a widowed woman in a foreign country to write His beautiful story of redeeming love through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

I try to put myself in Ruth’s shoes. What it would be like to be alone in a foreign country with my only family being my mother-in-law?

I love my mother-in-law dearly, she is one of my favorite people, and this is still a hard one to swallow.

Isolation. Discomfort. Brokenness. Heartache. Hopelessness. Fearfulness.

I can imagine that Ruth was feeling a multitude of those feelings.

Never do we see fear overtake Ruth. Instead, we see her have great devotion to Naomi and boldness to push forward through her circumstances.

Ruth went into the fields of Boaz and followed his servants. She picked through the barley stalks they had already gleaned through to find food for her and Naomi. When Boaz saw this, he could have killed her, for she had no right to be on his land and to be taking his grain. But he did not. Boaz showed Ruth favor.

He said, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2:11-12)

IMG_0785Ruth’s decision to choose the One true God and leave her gods behind shifted her life.

Ruth’s decision to be faithful to Naomi to the end shifted her life.

Ruth’s decision to be bold and go into the unknown fields to find food shifted her life.

Ruth chose God, faithfulness, and boldness instead of brokenness, hopelessness, and fear.

Ruth may not have known that each of these decisions was life altering, but to those of us looking into this story, we can see that each decision she made in faith was ordained by God.

Each decision that me make, each step of faith that we take, we may not understand. But how joyous will it be one day to look back at our lives and see how God intricately used each decision we made in faith to write our story and bring Him glory!

Friends, I want to encourage you to see that your life has a mighty purpose. You are not alone, and whatever the world has thrown at you that has caused you to feel helpless, you are not. You have a mighty God who loves you and cherishes your life. Each step you take, each decision you make in faith and obedience to God, He will use in glorious ways to further His Kingdom!

xo, Meg