Meditation

07/28/2021

Her mother-in-law asked her, ‘Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed he the man who took notice of you!’ Then Ruth to her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. ‘The name of he man I worked with today is Boaz,’ The lord bless him! Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. ‘He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.’ She added, ‘That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.’ ” (Ruth 2:19-20)

The loving protection of the helpless, deeply ingrained in the Old Testament, is attractively portrayed in the case Boaz extended to Naomi and Ruth. The law provided that responsibility of property and offspring of deceased relatives were to be assumed by next of kin, so that no family member was left dispossessed or without name and kinship family. In such laws God clearly revealed His compassionate nature.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, the law of the kinsman-redeemer, was intended to take care of family members, who might find themselves without help, family, and/or property with which to rebuild one’s life as was the case of Naomi and Ruth had found themselves in. Abba, You revealed your grace and mercy towards Your people in this law, and it was the only hope that Naomi and Ruth had. You also seek to provide for all of Your people, putting people near others and the right time, right place, and with the necessary means to help their relatives. For it is in Your precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

What is the state of your union with God?”

KNOWING GOD:

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And yo knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)

God used Esther’s work as queen to bring hope and deliverance for His people. Her story became the basis for the Gook of Esther in which God is not explicitly mentioned. God’s revelation at times involves working through His people in he secular world to achieve His purposes without the explicit religious language being involved. Revelation includes the placing of People in critical positions at the right time.

I AM:

Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob: ‘No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.’” (Isaiah 29:22)

Even in the midst of gloomy descriptions of judgment, God revealed Himself as the consistent Author of Hope for Israel. His people would not be grieved permanently, regardless of their inappropriate behavior. God’s chastisements are always intermediate steps toward His recurring redemption.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for hey will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and hey will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more tan before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.” (Ezekiel 36:8-12)

God turns from His wrath to renew His people in His grace. The God of redemption and hope declared Israel’s future to be good, beginning with the land and its yield, and the people and their development. The fulfillment of His promises would introduce Him anew to His people.

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