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Monthly Archives: June 2013
I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty… (Ruth 1:21 NIV)
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13 NLT)
One last reflection on the Book of Ruth: Sometimes there is a particular verse or phrase that speaks to me when I read the Bible. This week Ruth 1:21 has been on my mind: “I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty.”
This verse brought back memories of my family. In a large family of modest means there is a certain way that food is distributed. My mother was adept at adding water to the soup. She could cut up a chicken in creative and non-traditional ways when there were extra mouths to feed. She knew how to make rice with chicken instead of chicken with rice. It was only after I left home that I realized people actually ate an entire steak all by themselves or an orange for that matter. In the evenings, for a snack, my mother would peel and divide an orange into wedges and each of us would receive a treat that was both juicy and sweet. Whether full or empty there was love and contentment in our family.
Naomi was afflicted, and could not see that whether empty or full, she was blessed, because the Lord had Naomi in his hands, He was watching out for her, He “had her back”. She did not realize that in many ways, she had left empty during a famine and come back in the company of the one who would fill her life with joy once more.
Sometimes, in our suffering, we fail to see how we have been blessed in the past, are daily blessed in the present, and will be blessed in the future. While Naomi had lost her sons and husband, she was given a daughter-in-law, who was “better to her than seven sons.” God provided access, through Ruth, to Boaz, a kinsman redeemer, who says: “Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.” (Ruth 3:17 NIV) Then he takes her shawl and fills it with barley (six measures to be exact).
This is exactly what Jesus does for us as our kinsman redeemer. Like, Boaz, when we come to Him empty, He never lets us leave empty-handed. He gives us the kind of spiritual food that strengthens us and can be shared with others. By relying on His goodness and mercy we learn to be content in all circumstances. (Philippians 4:11)
Dearest Heavenly Father,
You fill us daily with your love. When we come to you, in good times and bad, you never let us leave empty-handed. Forgive us when we dwell on our suffering and forget to count our many blessings. Thank you, Lord, that you can be trusted to provide natural food for our bodies as well as spiritual food for our souls. Thank you for filling us with your love, and for giving us family and friends who minister to us when we are afflicted. We pray that as you fill us with your love, we will be able to carry your love and blessings to those who need to know you.
In Jesus’ Name,
Nik Wallenda is a very special man with a very special family. They are a Christian family and make no excuses for it. I want to read his book, Balance: A Story of Faith, Family and Life on the Line, one day soon.
On Sunday night (DVR it if you go to church) he will be walking across the Grand Canyon. It will be aired live (a 10 second delay) on The Discovery Channel. The pre-show starts at 6:00pm and the walk begins at 8:00pm. I’m DVR’ing it and probably staying up very late watching the whole show. Praying all the way, even though by then it will already be over.
My in-laws saw his father, Karl, walk across Tallulah Gorge, in Tallulah Falls, GA on July 18, 1970. We even have the ticket stub somewhere! I need to find it and make sure it’s in a special place to pass down to our kids. I’m crazy like that, I think it’s a very special keepsake.
Anyway, I just wanted to let y’all know about this famous walk by Nik Wallenda on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Let’s be in prayer for him that he will make it across safely.
You can click on his name above and be directed to his website and learn more about the walk and him and his family.
“Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my kinsman redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9 NIV)
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1 KJV)
He (Christ) redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. (Galatians 3:14 NIV)
The Book of Ruth is about redemption. In Chapter 3:2-4, Naomi instructs Ruth to go to the threshing floor where Boaz will be sleeping. After he is asleep, Ruth is told to lie down at his feet. In the middle of the night, Boaz is awakened, and asks Ruth, “Who are you?” Ruth replies, “I am your servant Ruth. Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my kinsman redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9 NIV)
The words kinsman and redeemer are used interchangeably in the Bible. A redeemer is a relative, who is charged with the protection and defense of another relative. In many cases the kinsman redeemer claimed inheritances for poor family members, avenged wrongs against them, or married the widow of a male family member.
When we are saved, this is what we are asking Jesus to do. Jesus is our kinsman redeemer. He has the power to put his covering over us. What He is covering is our sin. Like Ruth, we come humbly, as servants prostrated at his feet, and Jesus lifts us up to the position of heirs, not of an earthly kingdom, but of a heavenly one.
In front of witnesses, Boaz claims to be a kinsman redeemer for Ruth and Naomi. The witnesses give the union between Ruth and Boaz their blessing and Boaz marries Ruth. Through Ruth, a Gentile, we receive the blessing given to Abraham. (Galatians 3:14) The story ends with a wedding.
Have you ever heard of the wedding supper of the Lamb? Our story also ends with a wedding. We are all invited, but not all accept the invitation. Revelation 19:9 (NIV) says: “Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
On the day we are saved, Jesus claims us as His before witnesses, and when he comes again in glory, he will clothe us in fine linen, avenge the wrongs done to His church and open wide the doors of heaven for us to enter through them. (Revelation 19:11)
Dearest Heavenly Father,
You are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are yours by your great mercy and grace. Thank you for redeeming us in this life and for securing a place for us in the next. What a joyful day it will be when the angels sing their thunderous Hallelujahs! As we enter into your kingdom, we ask that you cover us and protect us from our sins and from the evil one, till that day when we can claim our inheritance.
In the name of Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer,
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I’m looking for a little help from my friends. I’m looking into reviewing for more than just Bethany House and in order to do that I need to have at least 30 people subscribe to my blog. At the moment I have 1… I’m totally ok with talking to myself on occasion but I could really use 29 more people if you would be willing.. If you have a WordPress account I will gladly follow you in return. Am I begging.. Yes a little.
Wow! I just finished watching the most amazing movie. Unconditional. I ordered it for our Media Center and have just watched it and it will be available to check out by June 19, 2013.
For those of you who don’t come to our church, I highly recommend you either buy it or rent it. It’s on Netflix also. It is an amazing story of friendship, love, pain, loss, and God’s unconditional love for us!!!!
Visit their website at unconditionalthemovie.com
And watch the trailer below: