On this Sabbath day I intended to get in some much needed time with God! I had prayed last night and this morning that He would just speak to me and allow me to be in communion with Him today. I decided to read Ruth, a book that I have read a few times, talked about many times and even watched a movie about. I had always looked at it very superficially, a love story about a kind, unselfish woman and kind landowner. I hadn't found that deeper meaning that all bible stories hold. After reading the book today I was left with some questions and decided to search the internet for answers. First, page I found was some racist church organization that was disturbing (ha!) the second link was exactly what I was looking for, a great article by Chuck Missler. Here is the link because it talks about way more than I plan to address in this post: http://www.toddtyszka.com/kinsmanredeemer.html. It really gives a deeper understanding of the book of Ruth.
This is what I learned today:
Naomi- Now, I know the book of Ruth is mostly about, well, RUTH but I noticed something incredible about Naomi, she was a humble and compassionate person. In Ruth 1:13 (after both her husband and her two sons had died) Naomi says to Ruth and Orpah, "No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me." (emphasis mine) Can you imagine, losing your husband and two children and really being more concerned about others pain over your own. I think we should all take note of how humble Naomi was here.
The woman with the issue of blood- Now, if you haven't read the link I posted above you may not know what she has to do with the book of Ruth so here it is straight from Chuck Missler's explanation
"Ruth approaches Boaz
while he is sleeping and requests him to
“spread his skirt over her as he is a
near kinsman.” This is not the kind of
proposition many people assume it to be.
(“skirt”), or hem, was the emblem of
rank or authority in Israel, much like
the stripes on the sleeve of a naval
officer or airline pilot in our culture.
(This insight is essential to really
understand David’s cutting Saul’s hem,7
or why the woman with the issue of blood
touched Christ’s hem,8
Ruth was asking Boaz
to put the authority of his
house over her. She is invoking her
right under the laws of Israel for him
to take her to wife. Boaz was delighted
to accommodate her, but there remained
an obstacle to be overcome."
Wow, doesn't that bring a whole new meaning to this story found in Matthew, Mark and Luke?
The woman was just seeking healing and because of the crows the only thing she could touch was the hem of Jesus (which is how I previously viewed the story) She was asking the Lord to spread His authority over her. She was humbling herself, wanting God to be the head and in this she knew she would find healing. I've often looked to this woman as a model of deep faith and now I realize it's not just about "faith" it's about allowing the authority of our Creator to reign in your life. It's about being broken in front of our Heavenly Father so that He will rule your life. It's about 2 Corinthians 12:10, ...For when I am weak than I am strong.
So God really took something I have read many times and turned it into a brand new lesson. Love when He does that!
On side note, if you haven't watched The Book of Ruth (the newer version, it's on Netflix) it is a must see.
Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours.