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Monday, May 14, 2012

Five Words Of Ruth's Life

There are 5 words that describe the life of Ruth.  The first word is "faithful".   Ruth was a Moabite woman who became the daughter-in-law of Naomi.  Naomi's husband and 2 sons died in Moab, leaving her with her 2 daughter-in-laws, Orpah and Ruth.  Naomi told the girls to go back home to their families, but Ruth would not return.  She said to Naomi, "Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God."  Ruth was faithful to the relationships in her life, both to people, and to God.  She let nothing come between her relationship with Naomi, and her relationship with God.  Because she was faithful, she found favor.  She happened to reap in the field of Boaz, who gave her great favor by providing protection, and provision of grain.  Favor follows faithfulness.  Naomi directed Ruth to lay down at Boaz's feet, and ask him to take her under his wing.  Ruth had fear and respect for Boaz as she laid at his feet, waiting for what he would say.  This is a beautiful picture of the body of Christ laying at Jesus' feet, waiting for what He will say to us.   This is a picture of surrender, worship, and total abandonment to Him.  Boaz redeemed the land of Naomi, and with the redemption he took Ruth as his wife.  Their union brought forth a son, Obed, who was the father of Jesse, the father of David.  Ruth was fruitful in bringing forth her son, who was in the lineage of Christ.  She asked only one thing, "Take your maidservant under your wing."  We only need to ask for one thing, that we be brought under Christ's wing.  If we have Him, we have everything.  "Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."  Because of Boaz's redemption, his name would be famous.  Ruth 4:14, "...and may his name be famous in Israel."  Christ's name is to be made famous in all the world, through the actions of His people.  The 5 words of Ruth's life: Faithful, Favored, Feared, Fruitful, and Famous.  May Christ be made famous through our lives.  May Jesus be lifted up through our actions, for all to see!

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