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THE LIFTER OF MY HEAD

Posted on Jun 26, 2019 by Madison Simmons, Children's Minister

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“As a penniless widow from Moab recently relocated into the land of Israel, Ruth had limited prospects for marriage to say the least. But her mother-in-law had an idea:

One day Naomi said to Ruth, “My daughter, It’s time that I found a permanent home for you, so that you will be provided for. Boaz is a close relative of ours, and he’s been very kind by letting you gather grain with his young women… Go to the threshing floor… 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.” … Around midnight Boaz suddenly woke up and turned over. He was surprised to find a woman lying at his feet! “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.” (Ruth 3:1-4, 8-9)

Ruth’s glimmer of hope was Boaz, a relative of her late husband. Perhaps he would be willing to be her family redeemer. However, he was not obligated to do so. If the redeemer chose not to help, the widow would probably live in poverty.

When Ruth said to Boaz, “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer,” she was boldly asking Boaz for a pledge from him to marry her. This same expression is used for God’s relationship with Israel: “I spread the corner of my garment over you” (Ezekiel 16:8). It is what we too want and need from God- for him to spread his garment of righteousness over our filthy rags.

Ruth cast herself at Boaz’s feet, so we, alienated from God, unworthy and needy, cast ourselves at the feet of Jesus. As she was dependent on the kindness & mercy of Boaz, we have no other hope than the mercy of God. We need to be brought under the covering of the One who can provide to us peace & security. We need a Bridegroom with integrity who will take us to himself.

My Redeemer, I brought you nothing but my need, and you have spread your robe of righteousness over me and drawn me close. How I need for you to provide for me, protect me, accept me.”

From Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament by Nancy Guthrie

Today, I remember this:  “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the lifter of my head.” Psalms 3:3



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