Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Ruth was fearless because she made decisions to love three people in her life. You can have a look at the video about love in the video I have posted. I have to admit I love Veggie Tales and especially silly songs with Larry. The video is called "endangered love". After watching that video I want to ask the question what do you love? We love some pretty silly stuff, like manatees, but I want to propose that what you love will make you fearless. And on the other hand what you don't love can also make you a coward. Ruth, a character in the Bible became fearless because she loved the right things. Let's look at her story
Ruth was a foreigner married to an Israelite, but her husband dies which is one of the worst positions a woman could be in in that culture. She then travels to Moab with her mother in law Naomi. she has to work the fields just to put food on the table. So she goes to work and she collects a ephah of grain the first day she works which is like a bushel or about 36 liters. Leviticus 19:33 shows how Israel was supposed to treat foreigners, and Ruth was a foreigner so the people treated her well. "'When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the lord your God." Ruth shows her fearlessness in her love.
1. She loves her mother (in law)
Her mother (Naomi) was a little bit bitter. She said let my life be called Mara (which means bitter) I like giving nicknames but this one sucks as a nickname. Nicknames can be awesome for people, but Naomi is content with 'bitterness' as her nickname.
But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me." Naomi needed Ruth more than Ruth needed Naomi and Ruth saw that and listened to that need.
2. She loves her mothers people
"Your people will be my people"
Simone my wife is German and I have made her people my people, and her culture my culture. This has become a great joy to me to be included in her family and culture. I have even learned a language in the process. I can now say "I love the German people! All of Naomi's people's customs became Ruth's customs. Gleaning, kinsman-redeemer, laying at the feet of a prospective husband, all the laws of Israel became her culture. She took on all 600 and something laws as her own. She loved her mother's people.
3. She loves her mother's God
"and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me." What do you love? How do you know what you love? What do you spend your money, time, effort, energy, and thought on? That is what you love. Do you love the Lord in this way?
Chris Tomlin wrote a song about the covenant that Ruth makes with Naomi. Check out the video below and cry to God like Ruth did "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God". Let us say it like Ruth did, "I will follow you".