July 22, 2017
Read: Ruth 3
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Scripture- Ruth 3:4- "Be sure to notice where he lies down; then go and uncover his feet and lie down there. He will tell you what to do.”
Observations- Naomi advised Ruth to take on the behavior of a servant before Boaz by laying at his feet. This communicated Ruth was placing herself humbly in his hands. Naomi had a right to demand that men from her family marry Ruth, but instead she chose (and Ruth agreed to) a path of vulnerability and selflessness to pursue the right kinsman redeemer. Naomi wanted to find the best husband for Ruth, a man who would cherish her and delight in honoring his commitments, not one who would grudgingly comply with a family demand.
Application- These traditions make limited sense to us so many years later, but the principle of humility and vulnerability versus demanding our own rights and entitlements can serve us well as followers of Jesus. He had a lot to say about this, too. After Jesus catches His disciples arguing about who among them is the greatest, we get Mark 9:35: "He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, 'Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.'”
Prayer- Thank You, God, for all those who have modeled for me what it means to have a servant's heart. Help me grow in wisdom and faithfulness to honor You and follow the pathway of Jesus to become the "servant of everyone else." Amen.
"For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love." (Galatians 5:13),