Sunday, 17th February 2019
Ps Moses Kam
One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.” “I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. 6So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. (Ruth 3:1-7)
1. BEAUTIFUL THINGS BREAKTHROUGH UNDER COVERING
We all know that small tree can still bear big fruits. It’s just like Ruth and Naomi, they had a good relationship – the relationship of love, and beautiful things started to happen to them. In here we learnt that Naomi taught Ruth how to approach Boaz, Ruth obeyed and she received great things.
a) Beautiful Thing Comes from Above
Naomi wants to find a good husband for Ruth; she is thinking about Ruth’s future. In the Bible we see that Boaz was not the closest relative to Naomi, but she knew that good relationship is important to bring beautiful things. Naomi is thinking for Ruth, because they had good relationship. When we have good relationship with our authorities, they will think for us, look after us and beautiful things will happen to us more than we can ever imagined!
b) Breakthrough is Born of Love
In the Jewish tradition, during the harvest time, it’s very dangerous for women to walk into the fields, but Ruth needed to go there, and very likely she might had to disguise herself as a man. Later on she had to go lie beside Boaz’s feet as what Naomi instructed. Everything Ruth did showed her courage, and why she was so brave? Because of love. She realized how much Naomi loved her and was willing to take courage out of love.
The same love was seen when Ruth was willing to follow Naomi and leaving her homeland, because she felt her love and wanted to love her back. When she felt loved, she was willing to breakthrough in love for Naomi. A true sharing and a loving environment will bring great courage and breakthrough in our lives.
2. TRUE LOVE IS ABOVE STRENGTH AND WEALTH
In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet! “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.” “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. (Ruth 3:8-11)
a) Be Kind and Be Responsible
Why Ruth chose Boaz? First of all, Boaz was kind to Ruth and secondly he was responsible and willing to take care of the widow. A great husband needs to be responsible and willing to take care of his wife and family.
b) Be Good and Be Pure
Why Boaz chose Ruth? Because he realized that Ruth didn’t run after younger, stronger or richer men, but a man belong to God. Also Ruth was very kind to her mother-in-law, she was very pure and Boaz appreciated it. In our lives it’s easy to choose young and rich man, but these are only the appearance. The relationship between Boaz and Ruth, is about love, about kindness, and about relationship.
Relationship before ministry is very important for all of us. We tried to work hard, thinking that the more we work the better we are doing to our families, but we didn’t know that relationship is above everything else!
“Then the Lord God formed a man[a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being… The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:7, 15)
Even God had a close relationship with man first then He let the man enter the ministry. Today is the day for us to come back to God, to see Him face to face and to restore our relationship with Him. It’s not about what we do, but about how close we can come to the Father.