|Posted by Barb on September 30, 2015 at 2:35 PM|
the Lord's Table Roxane Mann
God is a Romantic!, this book would show us His love for us and his passion to win us back to him. The book of Ruth tells the story of a couple who love each other, their love can be thought of as a mirror-- that would show the divine love, God has for you and I. Boaz redeeming Ruth is a type of Jesus redeeming the human race, and Ruth is a type of the redeemed believer whom He passionately loves. You’re redemption, is a picture of Jesus riding in on the white horse and being you’re knight in shining armor, or you’re Hero come to save you.
This time took place during the turbulent period of the Judges. The author is unknown, but thought to be Samuel . Ruth, the main character, was a heathen girl from Moab who married one of the sons of Elimelech and Naomi. However, Elimelech and both of his sons died in Moab. Ruth, decided to return to Bethlehem with Naomi, an d eventually came to believe that Jehovah was the only true God. Boaz was a close relative to Elimelech. According to God's Law in Lev. 25:25-28 and Deut. 25:5-10, Boa had the right to be a kinsman-redeemer and marry Ruth to perpetuate the family of Elimelech. Through the providence of God, Boaz, who was the son of Rahab, a former prostitute in pagan Jericho, did marry Ruth, a young woman who had no opportunity to know the God of Israel in childhood. This marriage produced a son named Obed who fathered Jesse, and Jesse was the father of King David. Therefore, the great-grandparents of the royal Messianic line had roots outside Israel. How fitting it is that Jesus, the Son of David, descended from such a family.
:Ruth 1:1-3 (NASB)
1 Now it
came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the
land. And a certain man of
Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his
2 The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there.
3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.
This famine was a serious decision for Elimelech, these Moabites where enemies to the Israelites, never the less they had food to eat and Elimelech chose the food for his family. Now the word Israel means (house of Bread) and the word Judah means (praise) Elimelech , rather than stay in the House of Bread and praise His Lord, chose to go to the Moabites the enemies camp. His decision leads to disobedience and consequences as we will see he choses to leave the will of God and his people to feed off the hand of the enemy. We need to be careful when we make decisions that do not come along side of something the Lord would have us, to have “no” part in..
In a famine there seems to be a lack of the things needed to survive. We always seem to want to go where it may look like there is what we need, or where everyone else is. Do you ever notice that? I have. The truth is as time gets closer to the end, you will see this very thing happening. You will see people leaving The house of Bread and praise to go where it seems life will be easier. Don’t you ever be side kicked and slammed dunked by the enemy like that! “You go through the storm” and wait it out. We have to many people today leaving there church homes because it seems dry and their not getting enough food. Enough of the nourishment that they need to survive. “ Well, grow something”! You grow it!!!
Stop your mouth for a min. and plant the food you need, “if you need it, chances are there are others that need it too! It takes one person to stop the spiritual decline of a church. For if one starts it others will follow. We are suppose to be God’s Garden…..Grow what you need instead of stomping on what is already there.
A famine was usually the result of a change to a more inferior state. What do I mean by that? The Israelites had started letting sin and idolatry come to their home, their house! Them moving down into the Moabites land, was even a further decline in their sin. Elimelech ended up paying with his life! The consequences of his actions cost him his life., and Naomi left with her two sons to provide for her.
4 They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.
5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.
6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the LORD had visited His people in giving them food.
7 So she departed from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
I believe God was not pleased with this union of marriage. You see they married outside of there belief and God. Moabites did not worship the God of Israel. They were full with idolatry and all sorts of evils. I believe God shows them he is not happy by the deaths of the two sons. So now Naomi with no one to provide or care for her family hears that there is now food back in her land. She longs to go back where she will be welcomed and known by her families and relatives. Back to her God.
God wanted them to come back to Him, back to their home, their land. God will sometimes allow for things and issues to happen in our life, to get us to stop and take a look around, to see where we are at. Where are you at today friend? Have you let the enemies camp warm your hands have you gotten closer to his fire, If you have God wants you to stop and look around, see where you are at and come back into the arms of home. Your loving fathers arms.
It wasn’t wrong for Elimelech to want to provide for his family. Why, in todays world two have to work most times to make ends meet. What was wrong is that instead of seeking the kingdom of God first, he sought bread to fill his stomach. God always provides for his people. Israel was still there after the famine. Elimelech should have did what the word says“ Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” He didn’t seek God first. He let His flesh get in the way. He allowed for His food to become his God he sought after more than the real God. Elimelech should have rode out the famine. He should have went through the storm. Just as Noah rode out the storm, but he went through it!
8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go, return each of you to her mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
9 "May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband." Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
10 And they said to her, "No, but we will surely return with you to your people."
11 But Naomi said, "Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12 "Return, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons,
13 would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me."
14 And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
Orpah makes a decision to marry again over knowing God, she heard what Naomi was saying in turn. “ hey look there really is no chance for you to ever marry in my home town because they see you as the enemy so, if you want a husband and kids again you might as well go on back home to your home land. Orpah chooses that over the real God. Sometimes we are forced to make a decision, and at times the things that looks good and seems like it is easier
15 Then she said, "Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
16 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.
17 "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."
18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.
Ruth clings to Naomi, not wanting to leave. I mean she sees firsthand the work of the God of Israel, she sees Elimelech die and then sees her husband along with her brother in law die. She wanted to know this power of God. She saw real power at work in her own life, and wanted to know the God behind it. Now some could think first thoughts, that is was because she thought God would kill her if she took off. I mean come on---“I thought that when I first read it….yet know I’m not going back I have seen Your God kill three men here, I’m not making a move! I’m sticking to you like a bee on honey. But after further thought, I would think she would have been more afraid to stay with Naomi sense all these things were happening around her. God in his mercies had touched the heart of Ruth and she wanted to know this God who cared so much about bringing back his children unto the point of death.
You know every day we deal with choices that effect us. We are all called to seek God first on our actions and decisions, yet we just choose to do our own thing and pay little attention to what the God Jehovah would have us do. Take too much wine, pop to many pills, look at porn, eat too much food. Maybe it’s an material item….computers are one of the most addictive things right now with our kids. Video games. If we are not careful we can allow for ourselves to go over into the enemies camp and start messing around with other gods that will take us away from the one true God. Scripture says it’s the little foxes that spoils the vine. We need to be on alert to the traps of our enemy. He will always make it look like there isn’t enough when there really is, He will always make it look like someone else has more when they really don’t. We are all called for a purpose and a plan, Just do what you can do right now at this moment and if you do all you can , then God will help with the rest, if you call on him and“if you will just wait out the storm”.
Ruth 1:19-22 (NASB)
19 So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when
they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, "Is this Naomi?"
20 She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
21 "I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
22 So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
I don’t know if Naomi realized it at the time, but the moment she made up her mind to go back home, that is the moment that God’s blessings came back upon her again. It was no words that she spoke, no act that she did, It all came from one place “the heart”. Everyone was excited to have her come home but they couldn’t believe this was the same Naomi, the disobedience had taken a toll on her life and even though Naomi was glad to be back, it was still sad for her. She was without her husband and two sons. But through it all, this situation had won a young women over to the power of the almighty God. Ruth was now a believer and follower of the God of Israel. She humbled herself to his will and her desire to care for her mother in law brought great blessing for Naomi and her. Never under estimate the power to change a life.
God loves us so much He will go to great extremes to win us back to Him. He also will go to great extremes to soften the heart of someone He knows will be humble to Him. So God brings Ruth near just as it states in Ephesians 2 for us. She was an outcast and hod nothing and was cut off from Israel, just as gentiles were cut off from the Jews.
Ruth was brought to Israel at the time of the Barley Harvest this is a sign of the first fruits. A sign of the gentiles being brought into the house of God. It is a romance novel in the form of God seeking after the heart of one who will come near. He passionately wants us to want Him, seek Him with all our hearts. Remember in Revelation 4 where is says we have left our first love. When we bow to other things that take the place of our first love seeking after Him He doesn’t like it.
4 'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
5 'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.
When we are truly seeking after him and being with Him daily we have the joy that the word speaks about because we have spent time not just reading the word or even studying, but spending quality time with the Holy Spirit of God. He wants our relationship with him to be intimate, not pressured to fulfill some quota of being a good Christian. He wants our time. Love how do you spell it?
Time with the father brings love out to others.
Let us pray;
Father as we dig into the book of Ruth Lord I ask that holy Spirit you would prick the hearts of toughs who have maybe drifted away from your arms, I ask that you would have them take hold of you again in an embrace that would cause a sweet kiss from you. O Lord that we would seek your face and the kingdom of God before we act, before we speak. O God forgive us of our idolatries and bring us back into your arms again in Jesus name Amen!
the Lord's Table Church Roxane Man