Mmmm Cantonese Yumcha with college friends Mmmm
Sydney has the best Chinese Food in Australia!
But that’s not the only food that is mouth-watering.
I’m continuing to eat mouthfuls of Old Testament after last semester’s feast at college.
3 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, should I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Is not Boaz our relative, with whose young women you were? See, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. 3 Wash therefore and anoint yourself, and put on your cloak and go down to the threshing floor, but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 But when he lies down, observe the place where he lies. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down, and he will tell you what to do.” 5 And she replied, “All that you say I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did just as her mother-in-law had commanded her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain. Then she came softly and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 At midnight the man was startled and turned over, and behold, a woman lay at his feet! 9 He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wingsover your servant, for you are a redeemer.” 10 And he said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, my daughter. You have made this last kindness greater than the first in that you have not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you ask, for all my fellow townsmen know that you are a worthy woman…”
The book of Ruth sandwiched between Judges and Samuel is often overlooked as it is so short.
It’s worth reading the 4 chapters to uncover a special story of faith, hope and love.
This book is set against the disastrous period of the Judges where anarchy reigned.
But here we have a subtle love story that has great significance for Israel’s history.
This is no Hollywood Romance, but instead we have an account of salvation and love.
Ruth, a foreigner accompanied her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel when her own husband died.
She risked everything showing great faith not knowing what would happen in this strange land.
Naomi and Ruth were 2 poor, helpless women with an uncertain future.
Ruth met Boaz, an older land-owner who showed grace and great kindness to her.
This was a glimmer of hope from God for Naomi and Ruth during unpredictable times.
We pick up the story when Naomi suggests that Ruth seek protection from Boaz –
a distant relative.
According to local customs, Boaz could act as a “kinsman-redeemer” and save Ruth.
Boaz was pleased that Ruth chose him instead of chasing after a younger man.
He praised her noble character and thanked Ruth for her kindness.
Boaz married Ruth and they became the great-grandparents of David – Israel’s greatest king.
But there is a greater love story in the New Testament.
In Romans 5, we read that God loved us as his children even when we were his enemies.
At great personal cost, God sent his son Jesus to save us and bring us into His family.
We live in unpredictable and uncertain times.
Do you want to be assured that God loves you always, in good times and bad?
mmmm Bible mmmm