Dr. Roy E. Richmond | Oklahoma city, Oklahoma | USA
The book of Ruth - 4 chapters
A View from the Most Holy Place the Place of Rest
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There are some tremendous pictures of what Father is doing in the Church in the book of Ruth. We want to exhort you to look at this book as having a lot to do with what is going on in many people’s lives in the Church, today. Do we want to hear from Father in this book as we go through it? If we do, then it will bring about change in us. If we do not hear what He is saying, then we are not growing.
In the book of Ruth, there are three primary characters.
The most important character in this book is the man Boaz, who typifies Jesus Christ. Boaz is the kinsmen-redeemer or the "mighty man of wealth". The name "Boaz" means "strength" and we are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Then there is Naomi, she is the wife of Elimelech. Naomi’s name means "pleasant". She speaks of the pleasant one. Although many times she identifies with the Church member, who is just very pleasant but needs to be more intensely in union with Boaz. She speaks of those who are happy with what they think to be their “ticket to heaven”, in their understanding, and not bothering anyone; not really on fire nor cold, and thinking that this experience is the norm. She has left her first love. This is not the norm. Father wants you to press in to experience Jesus in a more intimate way. If you can hear what Father is saying today, you will not be satisfied with being a Naomi. Naomi does know some things, but just knowing some things is not enough.
The book of Ruth is titled after a Gentile woman, who pictures the Church, who begins her experience with Boaz in a field, gleaning from the field. This is the life that many of us have experienced so far; just gathering together with people and being happy with a nugget of truth here and there. Thinking that that is all there is, just drawing from the field. In the process of time, Ruth grew in such a relationship with Boaz, that when it was all over, she owned the whole field. The field was hers, because she shared the life of the kinsman redeemer. What a growing process!
We are now at the time in the Church history, where there are many people who are not satisfied any longer with gleaning what has been gleaned, repeatedly, for year after year; the same stuff that has not satisfied. We are being drawn into a union with Him as we have never had before. It is a time when we are going to share His life. Everything that is true of Jesus is being given birth, in us. We are allowing our heavenly Boaz to duplicate himself through us.
This whole book has awesome principals of what Father is doing in our lives today. We are going to look first at the condition of the day in which Ruth lived.
Verse 1 of chapter one says "Now".
We have mentioned this before. The word "now", which is the same word used for "and", either connects this book to the previous book or connects what is about to be said to a previous statement.
The last verse of the previous book says, Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. KJV
Now, we are going to see that this book begins in a time of famine. It is connected to a time where there was no king in Israel.
We are the spiritual Israel of Father God and Jesus is King, which means He is running what is going on. People think they are good because they are doing what is right in their own eyes. That is not what we are to do. The Word says that there is a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof is death. With a king in Israel, you do as the king says. He is running the show. On your own, you do everything that other people have had success with. I have people call me constantly telling me to get this book or that book about large mega Churches and to pattern our Church after them. I have had people tell me not to have Sunday night services and other people tell me to have Sunday night services. It is not necessarily about doing things that are evil. If those things, be they good or evil, are not of God for this fellowship, we do not want to do them. God is our King! If it is not of God, it will produce bad results.
Therefore, the condition that this book begins in is that there was no king in Israel and everybody was doing what seemed to be right to them.
Here is a condition that existed in verse 19 in the last chapter of Judges.
Judges 21:19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.
Notice it says "a" feast. The problem is, Father God commanded that they celebrate three feasts a year, not just one. They were only celebrating one. Sounds like a whole lot of the Church today, celebrating one feast, the feast of Passover. Passover is the celebration of salvation, the new birth, people experiencing what Jesus did, in making all people born again and we are very big into that. Nevertheless, why is there a famine? There is a famine because Father said that you are supposed to meet three times. It is like having a yearly revival and getting people what many think what “born again” is, in the springtime. We come together and have Passover. Father God demands that we meet three times in a year. Passover, or the new birth experience, is not the only feast. Neither is there just Passover and Pentecost. There is a third feast called the Feast of Tabernacles and it is the feast of growing up into the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
There are also three layers of Priestly garments. You have that white linen garment which goes all the way to the ankles which speaks of the new birth. It is righteousness. Then you have the blue robe and then you have this breastplate. Who is our High Priest? Jesus is. See, what Father is doing is making us into these garments.
We have people who believe they did something themselves to “get” born again and they do not know there is more; they picture the white linen garment. Living out of one’s inChristed spirit, picture the blue robe. What Father God is building today is this breastplate. In the breastplate are two stones, Urim and Thummim, and these two stones are hidden. These two stones mean light and perfection.
Here is what is happening. When all three of these layers of garments are produced, in the Church in their fullness, then the High Priest comes and gets in His garments and He shows up in those things. When you learn to lean to the Spirit, you go from identifying with this white linen garment to the blue robe of enjoying what is called “the gifts of the Spirit”. Nevertheless, the blue robe is not all there is. There is more. Father commanded that they have a feast three times a year. We are not to just be happy with our white robe meaning, salvation. They were not celebrating three feasts here in the Book of Judges, so you can understand why there was a famine. Family, all three feasts are important.
If you have not moved in to all three parts, do not just pick which one you want and camp out there You have to get to where you want to experience each feast. Not just, oh well, if He wants me to I will. No, He wants you to, but you have to want to.
Therefore, you can understand why there was a famine. If you go through your Christian life and you do not meet with Him all three times, there will be a famine of the Word in your life.
· Passover is not all there is.
· Pentecost is not all there is.
· Tabernacles are not a souped up Pentecost.
He wants to be in total union with you. He wants you to experience all of Him. The word "sup" where Jesus said, "I stand at the door and knock and, if any one will open up the door, I will come in and 'dine with' or 'sup with them'". That word "sup" means, "Marry" them. He will take His bride and marry her and she will have all He has and become all that He is.
We think, "What is God doing today"?
Many people in the Church world today think that Pentecost is returning to the Church. They are looking for another revival to take place, like what they have seen in the past. The answer for most Preachers and Pastors to the problems in the Church and the world is just another great revival. No! Another great revival is not the answer. It is not another Pentecost. It is an altogether different feast that is going to bring Father's children in for good this time. We are not going back. We are coming to a very different feast than we have ever seen before. It is of the likes that this earth has never seen. It is not something a Church staff or a board of elders can plan or work up.
· In the Feast of Pentecost, we find the Holy Spirit leading us into these precious gifts of the Son, and then teaching us Redemptive Truths.
· In Tabernacles, we find out the second half of the Redemptive Story.
· In Pentecost, we are to learn something.
· In Tabernacles, He is making us into a sign and wonder.
Yes, today you are going to see Pentecostal experiences. You are going to see all kinds of Churches that go by different titles, just coming into Pentecost. What they are doing is catching up. They are beginning to see the need for Pentecost and they are catching up to what Father has already done, has already poured out. See again, just because you do not think something is true, does not mean it is not, and has not happened.
How many of you, as you have grown up in the physical realm and spiritual realm, found more truth as you grew up? Just because you moved into that, it does not mean it is a new truth. You just chose to believe it and move into that. We are now becoming the sign and wonder to the world today.
I refer you to Isaiah 11. We are becoming the branch man there and we are an "ensign" to the world, a banner, or way mark, all pointing to Him, Jesus Christ. We are a people in His image, a people who become a tabernacle, a people who become a dwelling place, not just in name only but in expression and life style.
We do not have a problem understanding how verse 1 of chapter 1 says, "Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled," what was happening. Every man was doing what was right in his own eyes. It said there was a famine in the land.
What we, the Church, has done for years and years, is what is right in our own eyes. Churches have been drying up and still are today. The stream is turned away from many Churches and the people, who are sitting in the pews of some of them, do not meet three times with the Lord. They are there trying to make yesterday's manna work for today and it is not working. They keep trying to make it work with revivals and having this man or that man in and it is not working. If the truth were known, you can ask them what is going on in their lives and they will say, "I’m not happy, I’m not satisfied". That is where many of us were, trying to make the old messages work, changing the titles to the same old manna, before Father drew us to Him.
Father says, I want you to meet three times with me. There is a famine in the land. It is a famine of hearing the Word. Not a famine of the Word, but of hearing the Word. People have the Word available to them in unbelievable ways today, but they are so busy, they cannot and will not hear. They even come to Church and do not hear. Their minds are so fixed on the troubles of their world, and talking to their neighbor while the preacher is sharing the Word, that they do not really hear. Family, you can sit here every service and not hear! They talk about "attention deficit syndrome" in our children. I believe there are a lot more adults with that problem than children. Where do you think the children learn it from? We need to get our attention on what Father is saying today. Who do you think is working over time keeping your attention from Father God by whispering, “You don’t need to come to Church?” You are tired. You are busy. There is a good movie on tonight. You just need to have a family night tonight and then go in and watch football.” It is your habitual desires of the flesh.
People say, "Father is not speaking to me today" or " I don’t understand what the Pastor is saying". That is not the truth. We are not trying to hear what Father is saying. We are trying to hear something that fits in with our perceived needs or wants. We have been guilty of following different ministries just to fit our physical needs. Therefore, there has been a famine in the land. It has been a famine of hearing, but Praise God, there is a hearing people rising up. Father will give us ears if we will listen with them.
Simeon means "the hearer." He is the Priest that stood at a transition time over 2,000 years ago when something was ending and something was beginning. Simeon, this hearing one, was holding Jesus as a baby in his hands. He was at the end of one age and the beginning of the other. He is holding in his hands the beginning. The hearing ones today are putting their ears to what Father God is saying today. They are not looking for what God did say, but what He is saying.
What is the Spirit of God saying to the Church today?
You have a purpose that requires you to mature in your spiritual understanding. That is if you do not want to be like the people in Ezekiel’s day.
Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
Ruth 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
Notice that Boaz, as we will see later, lived in Bethlehem, Judah. The man of strength, the man of wealth, lived there. This family was actually related to Boaz, who is a mighty man of wealth. We will discover that this family left Bethlehem, Judah, in what they believed to be a famine, not because they were hungry, but rather because they believed a lie. When Naomi got back, she said to them, "I left full and the Lord brought me back empty". The famine had not touched her. There is a great principle here. The famine had not touched her. She just saw the famine and feared the famine. She looked upon what was coming on that Land. She left full in the time of famine from the presence of Boaz, who was in Bethlehem, Judah. This reminds me of when Jesus said, "In the last days many peoples' hearts would fail them for fear".
Now, Bethlehem means "house of bread" and Judah means "praise". Naomi left the house of bread and praise because she looked at all of the dryness in the land, even though it hadn’t touched her. She and her family left the presence of Boaz, having never sought his presence, and went to a place called Moab. Moab, in Jeremiah 48, is said to be a land of ease. It’s a place where people were not being poured out from Bethel to Bethel. It was a place where no one would make a demand on their lives. It was a place where you would not have to be committed to anything. Why do people do that in the midst of the famine? There is a famine going on right now. A famine of hearing what Father is saying.
If you think this is just another Church and it is going to be anything like what you came from, then you are not hearing Father. You are not hearing what this Preacher is saying. If your attitude is non-committal and you are coming here to just be at ease, Moab, then you have not heard yet. We are in a new age, a new day. It is not a time to be at ease. It is time to dig in, set your sights on Father, and become the army of the Lord.
You may be saying, "Pastor, I’ve done that before". No. You have not been a part of this army before. It is a new army of hearers growing up into Him.
This family left the house of bread and praise, where they had some demand on their lives to hear what Father was saying, and went to the land of Moab (a place of ease), where they had no demands on having ears to hear. They could do as they pleased. No commitment! I will show you where we get that from in Jeremiah 48:11.
Jeremiah 48:11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed.
Moab state of being, pictures born again people, who are just happy with being born again, and are not willing to being connected with vessel to vessel and grow up in Christ.
Amos chapter 6 says "woe to them that are at ease in Zion."
Father is dealing with our hearts.
Now look at Ruth 1:2 The name of the man was Elimelech….
Elimelech means, "my God is king". Elimelech is mentioned six times in the Book of Ruth. Six is the number of man. It pictures the futility of man's attempt to make God everything in his life. It is trying to put Father God in our lives, doing the best we can. It cannot be done by self-effort. It speaks of our fleshly attempts to rule and reign with Him. Saul tried to do this. He was a big man, and in his own human wisdom and strength, he did the best he could to rule and reign. The Bible says he was anointed from a man made vessel.
David is a picture of a King, who was anointed through a horn of oil. It was a ram's horn and it took a death to get that horn. Samuel anointed David through a horn and he ruled and reigned through a death. It is not about doing the best you can.
The Day of Atonement is the time when you sit still and afflict your soul. You deal with your mind. You meditate on the Word of God so it gets into your mind and you choose to walk in what Father God has said is true of you. It afflicts your soul when Father says you are in union with Christ already. You have to get to the place where you quit trying to live a Christian life. There is only one man that can live the Christ life and He is Christ. You cannot do it on your own. The children of Israel tried every way they could think of to get over the Jordan. After three days, they finally said, "We cannot do it." Then Father came along and said, "Great. Now I can". When you go through the three days from the Cross to the Throne, you will come to the end of yourself and then He will show you that He did it.
Elimelech speaks of someone who did not live up to his name because it was his own attempt to live the life. He figured that he and his people did not need to go to Boaz because they could be like him themselves. He did not go to the Lord for help. He couldn't go to his kinsman and say, "Will you be there for us Boaz if the famine comes to us? We are full right now, but if this famine keeps up we won’t make it. I have told everybody that we are kin. Will you help me if I need help?" He did not do that. He planned to go to Moab and make it on his own. You see, even being a kinsman, he produced Mahlon and Chilion. Those names mean "sickly" and "weakly". That’s what we produce in the house of Bethlehem and Judah without His presence. Two boys, weakly and sickly!
How many of you know we get proud of what we produce? We build this and that and started this ministry and it is the best we could produce outside the presence of Boaz.
When you compare weakly and sickly to what Boaz has to offer, it’s pretty bad.
2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion-Ephrathites of Bethlehem,
That word Ephrathites means, "double fruitful."
Their nature where they were born was a place designed to produce the Son. Family, we have been born for this moment. This whole Old Testament points to Christ. It points to Jesus and His redemptive work. Elimelech was born to have Boaz’s inheritance working in his life. Nevertheless, they left. It is time for this double portion. The worst thing you can do is leave the presence of Boaz, leave what you are being taught of the Father. Come to Him and say, "Boaz, I’ve never been here before but I see what you are doing. Even if others are blind to it, I see. I am staying. I’m not going back."
So what happened? Ruth 1:2 And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.
When you leave the presence of the Lord, you just take a series of vacations and just go do your thing. You just leave or sit back for a while. Family, the land of ease is the place where you do not have to pour yourself out. You do not have to use the gift Father has given you or you only use it when you feel like it. You are not expecting to be emptied and filled. You have the attitude, "Well, I did it before and I was emptied out and thank God that’s over with. I’ll never go through that again". It does not work that way. Father comes back and says, "Now we are going on to the next stage." It is a growth process, not sitting back and relaxing.
I am not preaching about something I haven’t experienced myself. We all have our times when we feel like we given our all. That is what we were supposed to do. Be filled up and then give it out. If the truth was known, we did not spend enough time at the Well, to keep filled up. We cannot truly give out unless we are tapped into the source of what we are to give out. We need to be rooted in what Father, through His Holy Spirit within us, is teaching us. We are to share with others what we learn, so there is a constant flow.
I have asked those who say that Father has sent them to our fellowship, if they know Father is in this work and if they ready to go on to the next stage with the Holy Spirit or do they want Moab, a land of ease?" I know all the, but this or that; I had them too, however they do not hold any weight family. I know the things we still talk about, like you don't know how I was treated in the past. Jesus knows! The same things were done to Him and thank God, He did not just take off to Moab, a place of ease. He could have and He would have gone right back to be with His Father. Praise Father, He did not! He chose to finish the work He was sent to do. He was rejected, spit upon, beaten, hair pulled out, crown of thorns put in his head, nailed to the cross, side pierced, but then Paul says in Hebrews 12:2 by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, "...the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame". Father is saying, "Family, now we are going on to the next phase".
It is not over with. Father is not done with us yet. It is not time to just sit back, retire, and let somebody else do it. Many have deceived themselves into thinking that they have really done something for Christ and now they can just sit back and rest. Family, it is a continual call. He keeps calling you on. There is so much more to learn about what was accomplished on the cross.
Now we have another garment to put on you. Then we are going to put a miter on your head. That miter has a gold plate. We are not going to quit until it says "holiness unto the Lord" right between your ears.
Family, as your Pastor, I have a responsibility to preach this to you. It is a place where we keep being emptied and filled back up. The place of ease, Moab, is a place where you will not do that.
Ruth 1:3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.
Ruth married Mahlon, which means "sickness". She married sickness. Later we will see that Boaz redeemed that which was Mahlon's. He redeemed that which belonged to sickness. Healing is all through the Word of God. That which Adam had given us as an inheritance (the curse), Jesus redeemed us. Look where the ark ended up in Noah’s day. It ended up on a mountain called Ararat, which means "the curse is reversed." It’s all through the Word.
5Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.
What you produced in Bethlehem Judah without the presence of your Boaz, without actually seeking his presence, will die too.
This was a real flesh and blood woman whose husband took her some place and, looking around ten years later out of the presence of Boaz, she lost everything she had. She could not say she had her boys, her ministry.
This next verse is the turning point. It is where we are today.
Do you know, there are a lot of Naomi’s in the world today? They are out there in Moab. They were proud of what they had done and did not want to be emptied from vessel to vessel, so they just took off to do their own thing. Did Father have a plan for them?
6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
This word was heard in Moab. They said the famine is over. It is raining back at home and there is bread enough for everybody. It is on the table.
Now as it pertains to our present circumstances.
This would also be a way to speak of this present Priesthood with bread and wine in their hand. Somebody has some insight into what Father has said and is saying, to help us hear what we could not hear before. I am so thankful for my teachers today that Father has put me under. There is bread again. Who is the rain that brings the bread? Hosea chapter 6 says, "He shall come as the rain". There was an appearing of the Lord, a coming of the Lord.
Psalms 72 says "He will come as the rain".
James 5:7 says God is waiting for this time of harvest which is the early and latter rain coming together.
It is where we are standing today. He is raining on us. The knowledge of the outpouring is coming to us today. He is coming to us today. What did Naomi do? She heard! Jesus said, "This is my body broken for you". You know what she did. She had to rise up and leave the place where she was.
If you are in Moab, in any way, in a place of ease, a place of just being satisfied with salvation and not feeding on the bread and wine that Father is pouring out today. You need to rise up and leave Moab and come to the Land where the rain is falling. Do not get caught up in saying, "Well the Lord hasn’t released me". If you are in a famine, wake up and smell the bread, and follow your spiritual nose to where it is being served and eat it. You can be in Moab and come to Church every service. It is a spiritual place. You have to leave where you are and come to the place where He is - In Spirit and in truth.
Verse 7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
How do you get from where you are back to Bethlehem Judah? You return by the way of Judah. Just praise. Praise Him that you are returning to Boaz. Praise Him for everything that He has done for you. That is the only kind of praise that He wants; you to praise Him for the finished work of Christ. It is a praise that comes from what took place on the Cross.
This teaching will not die off. It is not a new phase in the Church. We are at the time where He is gathering together His Bride. It is not time to slip back, give up, or cry about our past. It is time to have a strong back and stand up in whom you are.
The proof of whether or not you are a Royal Priest is if you are doing what a Royal Priest does. Do you feed the Bread and Wine or are you still talking about your past hurt and disappointments?
If you have a title of a preacher, that is great, but do you preach the Truth of the Gospel? If you have a title of an evangelist, that is great, but do you actively bring people to the fellowship Father has planted you.
Therefore, Naomi went back by the way of Judah.
Verse 8 And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me.
When she came back, she had no idea of what Boaz could do for her. She was coming back to die in Bethlehem Judah. She just wanted to come back and die in Church instead of in the world. That is what happens when you spend ten years in Moab. Did you know that there was not one child born in any of those unions in Moab? No life was produced.
9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each ofyou in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
At least she knew that the objective was to find a rest.
10 And they said to her, Surely we will return with you to your people.
She had not been talking about Boaz to the girls. She had been talking about the people. They said, "We want to go see those people you have been talking about."
What should our message be at Tree of Life Ministries? Not the people, not the Pastor, not the singers, but the Person, Jesus Christ! Thank God for the people, but we are gathering together to know Jesus Christ, our Boaz and to draw from Him, the man of strength and our kinsman redeemer. It is not because of a program, couple's meeting, or a children’s program. Those are all good but it is a new day. We are gathering to Him and our children need to come with us.
11 But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
She has no concept of ever having life in her again. She lost it all, she’s burnt out, used up and she has nothing else to give out. She knows she needs to be in the house of Praise but she has no idea that it is more than just being there. She needs to know she has an ability to give life out.
12 Turn back, my daughters, go for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons,
What the Holy Spirit is showing us is that, in a time of famine; do not go away from the presence of Boaz because you will lose all hope and everything that has been produced in your life. Our hope is living out of our Christ life. Christ, active in you and me, is the hope of glory upon us. She said, "I can’t even say I have any hope". She is being brought back and that is happening to many today.
13 Would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!
She is saying that she has much bitterness. She has not learned to take the Tree and place it in her bitterness. She remained bitter. She would not place the tree in it.
Family, Father does not want you to drink that bitter water. You do not have to drink the bitter water of what was done to you in past situations and places of ministry. If you drink of it, it will make you bitter and it is not Father telling you to drink of it. Your own carnal thoughts will destroy you. If you keep talking about it repeatedly and thinking about that bitter water you experienced, you will become bitter.
God said, "Change. Put the tree in it".
She said, "I am bitter." She had not had a revelation of the Cross. Please see that.
14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law." 16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
This is where in type, Ruth wakes up to whom Father has made her. She comes and says, "The place you die, I'm going to die." Naomi pictures Christians. Ruth is identifying with a death, with a people.
She does not know much about Him, and in verse 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. 19 Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, "Is this Naomi?"
Her appearance had changed; she did not even look like the person she was when she left. She was outside of Bethlehem Judah for ten years.
20 But she said to them, Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty.
Father did not do that to her. She walked away herself. He did not bring bitterness into her life. She drank of it. She stayed in that place herself. I am not talking about a physical place, but a spiritual place. It has implications of physical places we have been, but more importantly, the spiritual place you have been.
Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
22 So Naomi (not Mara returned, but Naomi, pleasantness) returned, and Ruth the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
They showed up at the resurrection, the new life, and the time of first fruits. It was barley harvest and, in the next chapter, we will see wheat. Then we will see a birth take place.
We are looking in the book of Ruth for a picture of Jesus Christ; we expect to see a revelation of Christ through these Scriptures. We discovered in our last chapter that, when you leave Bethlehem Judah or the presence of Boaz, you receive no life.
Benjamin, a type of the Church, was born in Bethlehem; was Jesus. David was discovered there. We find at the end of this book that Ruth is going to have a baby in Bethlehem Judah. This speaks of the Son that the Church gives birth to, out of her union with Christ. He is born in Bethlehem, the house of bread. When you get over to the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, there is a sun (son) clothed woman that gives birth to a man-child. Where do you suppose that delivery room is? It is in Bethlehem, the house of bread.
In the first chapter of Ruth, we find a family. It is Elimelech, his wife and two sons and they all leave the presence of Boaz in Bethlehem Judah. They left where this man who represents Christ existed.
Having gathered up the fragments, we are now just going to jump right into some descriptions of Boaz.
The first thing you find out is that Boaz was a wealthy man and a kinsman. He was one of their own. Instead of running to him and humbling themselves and admitting that they could not do it themselves or make it on their own, they left saying that they would work it out and make it happen by themselves. They ended up losing everything.
In the process of Naomi’s return to Bethlehem Judah, she brought with her this little woman named Ruth. Ruth is a type of the Church that grows up to the point where she can actually allow herself to enjoy such intimacy with the Lord Jesus that He reproduces himself through her. That is the story and we are looking at this progression.
Now in Ruth 2:1, Ruth, in type, has already been born again. She has already awakened to the Truth of who she is.. She has returned at the time of the barley harvest, which would relate to Passover. However, she knows very little about Boaz. Boaz never has spoken to her. That is hard to understand for some but he is not going to say anything to her until over in the eighth verse of Chapter 2. Although she has received him, she does not know him. She is going to go to a field and she is going to say, "I want to find grace in the eyes of him”. Many know His name and know about Him, but, for the most part, too many do not know Him on a spiritually intimate level, where they are manifesting His nature.
The Book of Ruth gives us a beautiful picture of someone who has received Him but does not know much about the person she has received. The Holy Spirit draws, then we begin to learn about to whom we were drawn. We find our first description of and introduction to Boaz in the first verse of chapter 2.
2:1 And Naomi had a kinsman (relative) of her husband's,
Hebrews chapter 2 says, "Both He that sanctifies and them that are sanctified are all of one". We are related to the Lord Jesus in terms of a common life. It is Father's life.
The Bible says about the Lord Jesus, "In Him was life". "As the Father has life in Himself", Jesus said, "So has He given to the Son to have life in himself". Whose life did Jesus have in Him? It was God’s life, the life of the Father. Then He said, "I am come that you might have life" and, in that life, we are united together. We are in union together so we have a kinsman, as Naomi had a kinsman.
…a mighty man of wealth,
The Bible says in Colossians 2:3 that all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Him. The greatest thing that we can possess is not silver and gold, in the natural, but the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is a mighty man of wealth. In fact, in Him are all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
It goes on to say:
…. of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz.
Boaz means "strength". He is strong. We are to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In the book of Joshua, one of the first things Father told Joshua was to be strong. He is not saying that we are to be strong in our own strength. There are impossible situations that we face in life, which no human strength alone can overcome. It is not just saying, "Come on, you can do it". No. It is be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Paul wrote to Timothy and said, "You be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus". The word "strong" that Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy means, "To become powerful inwardly". You become powerful inwardly by a revelation of the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Therefore, Boaz, as a type of Christ, is a mighty man of wealth and strength.
2 So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, "Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor." And she said to her, "Go, my daughter."
Here is a woman, who has returned to Bethlehem Judah and says, "I’m ready to get the Word in me; I’m hungry". She is looking for grace here. Where are you going to find grace? Grace is in a person. John 1:17 says that the law was given to Moses, but grace and truth came by a person. She is looking for a person. She is going into a field.
The field is a type of the world. Matthew said the field is the world. There is part of the world that belongs to Boaz. We are in the world but we are not of the world.
So verse 3 says, then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers.
The reapers picture Church members. It pictures those believers who have been gleaning from the field. Ruth, when she sees the reapers, finds people who are being fed. She comes to them and she begins to glean from that field after them.
Notice and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.
Now this word "happened" indicates in the Hebrew that it was by chance. However, we believe that Father has a destiny for our lives.
Therefore, here is a woman in whom our heavenly Father had a destiny in union with Christ and she finds the field that belongs to Him. There are some religious gatherings that do not necessarily belong to Him but there is a place she found. Aren’t you glad that He drew us to the place where we can see, hear, and eat of His field? Again, you may think it was your decision, but it was not. It was Father's. He drew you. No man can come to Jesus, unless the Spirit draws Him.
In verse 4, "Now behold". That word means, "look".
4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, (the house of bread).
He always will come from Bethlehem, the house of bread.
…and said to the reapers,
We are about to read the first thing that this book ever records of Boaz speaking. I think this is important. This book is called Ruth, but it is really about Boaz. Boaz has a son when this is all over. He has union with his bride and he has someone to share his life with. Therefore, this is interesting to hear what he first says.
4And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, "The Lord be with you!"
You might think that is not very much to say but that is his message. The Lord be with you. The response of the reapers was, "The Lord bless thee". Family, that the Lord be with us is something to bless Him about. He is not some million miles away or somewhere in a temple waiting for us to make a trip there to see Him. That is the whole deal right there. The Lord is with us and Lord, we bless you because of that. True praise and blessing the Lord comes from our understanding of our union with Christ. That is what Christianity is all about. Most of the time people in Church have just hoped He would show up and we have prayed that way. "Oh, Lord just shows up tonight and if you will, bring a gift or two with you." We have prayed that when, in fact, the Lord be with us! We are in union with Him.
Now, verse 5 Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers,
This is something that is exciting to Pastors. Boaz speaks to the servant set over the reapers. In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, it says that God has set some in the Church. A Pastor is not something that you decide that you are going to be. These are gifts set whether you are called to a fivefold ministry or you are called to the summation of all of that in the Priesthood. He sets people apart. Boaz comes to the servant who was set over the reapers and he asked the servant the question. He still has not spoken to Ruth. He goes to the people. Do you know your people? Ruth has to know that the servant that is set over her is in communication with the one in whom she is in. Then, Boaz tests the reapers. He comes and says:
"Whose young woman is this?"
He knew who she was. He wants to know if the Pastor knew who she was. Intercessory prayer is a vital part of any Pastoral duties. We need to be in contact with Father and we need to be interceding for the body we have been put over. We need to be standing before Father praying, "Father, give them a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of your Son". We are not going to be able to speak to people effectively about Father, until you can speak effectively to Father about people. Do you know what the people need? Do you know where they are?
Boaz asks his servant, "Whose is this damsel?" The servant did not say, "Well, she is just a nobody, who can't hear anything."
Notice in verse 6:
So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, "It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab.
I know her! In addition, she said, "Now this is the servant set over the reapers" and he is responding to his fellowship with Jesus on behalf of her. He says, "She came to me one day".
You see, if I am your Pastor, you need to let me know about it. Just because you come to tour fellowship occasionally does not mean I am your Pastor. You need to let me know. Are you part of the field that belongs to Boaz where I am concerned, where I have been placed over? You can sit in a pew repeatedly but there comes a time when the Spirit of God says hear what Boaz is getting ready to tell her in the next verse.
7"And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house."
Now as a Pastor, this would be the equivalent of someone coming to me and saying, “You are my Pastor and I am going to sit in this part of Boaz's field to glean. I feel comfortable gleaning here.” Then I, the Pastor, would say, “Great.” That helps me to pray for over you. Letting me know that I am your Pastor helps me to understand that I have a responsibility to know you, pray for you, feed you, and at the same time, realize that you belong to Father and not to me. It is His field, not mine, but there is a covenant relationship built and the Pastor has the responsibility to tend and feed those in the field".
Verse 8 is after she has seen a field she can be fed in. It makes no sense for people to go anywhere that they are not being fed. It makes just as much sense as a person walking into a Steak and Ale and not been fed anything and the waiter bringing them a bill.
I do not know why this happens. All the time people say, "I don’t get anything there. I’m starving for food". I guess it is just habit. Many spend so much time in a place of starvation they just think it is the norm. They think there is nothing more to feed on.
Verse 8 Then
There is that word "then" again. After she changed her mind (repented) and went back, she had found a field; she had made a commitment to a ministry that would grow her up. She found a place and said, "I’m comfortable here", then......
This is the first time Boaz actually personally said something to her. Family, when you get planted in what Father wants to plant you in, you will be in the place where He can talk to you. Running here and there to this person and that is not Father's will for your life. He plants you so you can grow.
8 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter?
He said, "You open your ears! You hear."
8…Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:
Father speaks to us, if we listen with the help of His Holy Spirit.
Boaz is saying, "You stay right here. This is a place where there is Bread and Wine. You show up and come at mealtime. You come here and you feed". I believe when Father is drawing us and growing us up, one of the first things He tells us is where we need to feed; where we need to be planted. He said, "Don’t go to another field".
9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
He is telling the young men to keep their hands off the Bride of Christ. The tendency is for young men to get the idea that they are really something special. They say, "You need to come and hear me, I’m special. Father has given me something, so come and partake of me". These young men are there as vessels that Father has given the water of life to. He told Ruth to watch out for these young men and not to get caught up in their ministries or you are going to miss me. He said, "You can drink from their vessels, but don’t let them lay their hands on you". Are you hearing this? He says to Ruth, "I’ve told them, 'See this woman over there. She is mine. Do not lay your hands on her! You can teach her, but don’t you touch her'". Father has a plan to protect the Bride. The young men realized that they were subordinate to the mighty landowner and that they were just vessels.
In verse 10, I believe she is getting a little idea of Boaz’s intentions towards her.
10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
In Ezra chapter 2, there were priests who came back who could not prove who they were. The Word says that they were as strangers, polluted. They could not partake of the Most Holy things because they did not know who they were.
Ruth speaks of a person, who actually is not Spirit-filled in type. She has not been to that place yet. She still sees herself as a stranger, an outsider. She does not understand the affection she is feeling for this man. She just wants rescued. She is not looking for anything else. Yet, as she is being fed, this man stops and says, “You hear what is being said, but don't touch him. It's me that you need to be looking toward.” She senses something is going on that she does not know about.
11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been showed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the death of thine husband:
He is telling her, "I heard that your first husband died.” This is going to be something she has to understand in the process of time. She is free to marry another. He knows. See, Jesus knows the old man (Adam) is dead. "Your first husband is dead, isn’t he?" She answers, "Yes."
Under the law, we were not free to marry another. Spiritually speaking, until we find out how our old man (Adam) died, which is the message of the cross, we will say as the woman in Revelation said, "I am not a widow. I don't know how that can happen." She has to know how that can happen before she will be free to marry another.
12 The LORD recompense (repay) thy work,
What would this work be? I thought we did not work. See, she has been in the field. She is gleaning from the Word. We are instructed in the Bible, to labor to enter into our rest. What labor is it? It is laboring in the Word. He is telling her that he has seen how you have not just fed on this, you have labored (feed) in it.
12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.
The wings speak to us and point to the Cherubim’s over the mercy seat. Even in her infant stage of Christianity, she has come to trust in a place called the mercy seat. She is being driven to that place, the place of destiny.
13 Then she said, Let me find favor in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens.
This is where you see her getting Spirit filled. The comforter has come to her. That is important because there is a new meal after you are Spirit- filled.
Boaz then said to her, "Come here, you Spirit-filled Christian."
14 And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come thou hither, and eat of the bread, and dip thy morsel in the vinegar.
Now this word "vinegar" in the Amplified says, "wine mixed with oil". He said, "Come at meal time and eat the bread and wine".
14…And she sat beside the reapers:
This is reason we are to be led by our inChristed Spirit. You are called to be feeding on something more than just little nuggets, sermons, or religious doctrine. You know what he said to her? He said, "Now that you are Spirit-filled, just show up. Just come and gather together at meal time".
How many of you know that there is a third meal? It is the super supper and we are dining on it now. There is a Feast of Passover and a Feast of Pentecost. Nevertheless, there is also another meal time. It is the Feast of Tabernacles. He said, "Come at meal time, Spirit filled one, and eat the bread and wine." She came and sat there with all the other reapers and
…and he reached her parched corn,
She is just told to show up. It is not so much, what the young men are saying. She is just sitting there with the other reapers and He reaches right over to her and hands her parched corn out of the Word. Parched corn is old corn. When the children of Israel came into the Land of Promise, the Manna ceased to come and they fed on parched corn. It was Promise Land corn. It was already there. It is matured (or a revelation of something that was already true) and you just found it out when you got over there. The corn was already old, matured. It had been there a long time. The children of Israel went to those old granaries that had been sitting there a long time and they fed on what was in them. You have to have some mature teeth to eat old corn. Parched corn is what we call information that has already been there a long time. It is likened unto the hidden Manna. Manna was something that has been behind the veil, in that pot, for a long time. When is somebody going to go over into the Promise Land and eat that?
If you have a whole sack of the parched corn, you had better find a silver cup in that sack. Joseph puts an empty silver cup in the mouth of the corn sack. Silver speaks of redemption and the redemptive cup is empty. Joseph put that empty cup in there and they wondered what in the world it was. You see, all the parched corn, the revelation of what is true of us in Christ, doesn't mean anything until you understand the silver cup that is redemption. Jesus said, "Father, if there is any other way, take this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will but Thy will be done".
Hebrews chapter 2 tells us what is in the cup. He tasted death for every man. He took that silver cup emptied of death and laid it in the mouth of the parched corn sack. He is saying that you will get nothing out of that sack until you find out what that cup is about. Until you understand, your redemption and how it came about, you will not understand anything else. The Word will just go right over your head.
All of the corn is based upon the revelation of the silver cup because the harlot in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ reaches out with a golden cup full of abominations and says, "Drink this. It is you." However, Jesus drank the cup for us. She, the harlot (carnal thoughts), has a cup that is full of abominations, fornication, sin, and so forth. She says, "Drink it; this is you" but Jesus has a silver cup and says, "Look, I drank your death.” We should have caught this long ago; she had a golden cup (divine nature) full of abominations and filthiness. The cup Jesus drank from was silver (redemption) and now it is golden because of His divine nature. The harlot (carnal thoughts) cannot offer you something that Jesus has already done away with. What she is trying to hand you, is a lie.
So, how do you tell if it is the harlot or if it is the true Church feeding you? What is in the cup she is giving you? Is it empty? Is the death gone? On the other hand, the Church says that “you are going to be all right, that the filth in this golden cup is still you, and that it is normal for you to act the way you do and get involved in sin (mark missing) but, thank God, at least you are forgiven.” These are the ones who put signs on their billboards that say, "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven." That is a damnable lie that robs the believer of the intended purpose of God. Ephesians 4 says that we are being equipped till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect (mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and, Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Do not drink of that full golden cup of the harlot. Do not read those books. Do not sit under those sermons. Do not watch them on TV when they tell you to drink of that cup. You are not just forgiven, you are made new. Now, this is what we want you to see.
14…and she did eat, and was sufficed (satisfied),
She said, "That satisfied me. For the first time I have been satisfied."
15 And when she was risen up to glean, (there is a rising up for those of you who want to go up)
This is the rising up we need. Rise up to glean. The bread and wine takes you somewhere. It takes you up to a higher realm. When you are gleaning from a different dimension, it is the same point but you are looking at it from Father's viewpoint instead of where you were.
…Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:
Many preachers have needed to hear that in the past. She is going somewhere. Quit reproaching her.
16 And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, See there is a purpose that is falling on her. …and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not. 17 So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned:
Do not just take some high and mighty revelation and be done with it. Go work it out, beat it out, and make it palatable in you, so you can eat it. Get a stone and work it out.
How many of you remember that Babylon (confusion) was destroyed because a stone was thrown into the sea? Ruth beat out what she had gleaned and that is what we must do. Do not just take it because someone says it from behind a platform, even if it is someone you respect or trust. Search the Scriptures like the Bereans and see if these things be so. Take the Scriptures home with you and look them up. Listen to the tapes again and make sure that what is being said is correct. Family, when you do that, it gets inside of you and becomes life.
…and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up, and went into the city:
When you take what Father is giving you, you do not run from the city. You go back into it. You do not say, "Well, the Church is over there and I’m getting away from the city".
Notice, And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.
See, the true Bride of Christ, is a giver. She gives out what she has gleaned. Rebecca, when she was found by Eleazar, gave drink to his camels without being asked. She just gave and gave. The Bride is a giver. The person, who enjoys intimacy with the Lord, is a giver. She came and gave to dried up Naomi. Then it says:
19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned today? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee. And she showed her mother-in-law with whom she had wrought,
Ruth showed her mother-in-law a revelation of Christ. "Man", says Naomi, "this is good! Where in the world did you get this?"
…and said, The man's name with whom I wrought today is Boaz. 20 And Naomi said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. 21 And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, Thou shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.
She said what he said. You stay right here.
22 And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter-in-law, Itis good, my daughter, that thou go out with his maidens, that they meet thee not in any other field. 23 So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother-in-law.
What is he saying here? He is saying that you need to just keep feeding on the barley and wheat until it produces what it is designed to produce. Barley is the carnal man (Adam) or the first man (physical first fruit of God) and was smitten in Jesus on the cross. Wheat is a type of the death of Jesus. Jesus said to His disciples, "Unless a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone." It speaks of the death of Christ. The first two feasts, the feast of Passover and the feast of Pentecost, are barley and wheat harvest times. That is what is produced.
Deut. 8:8 tells us that there are two kinds of grain in the Promise Land. Barley and wheat; she is feeding from this. He said, "Glean unto the end." Just glean until it produces what it is designed to produce. Feed on the Barley and the Wheat. Feed on the death of the old man (Adam) and the life you now have in the new man, Christ. Eat the bread and wine and dwell with your mother in law.
Now the first word in verse 1 of chapter three starts with that word "then". See, the "then" is after feeding has produced what it is designed to produce and we will look at that next. The story of Boaz is a great story of the processing of what Father is working out in our lives.
What is the first word in this chapter? It is "then". You have to realize that what the Holy Spirit is telling us is what transpires at the end of the barley and wheat. In other words, this is what the barley and wheat is designed to produce.
In the process, this chapter is a marvelous experience at the feet of Boaz. This woman is going to lie down and rest at midnight, at the feet of Boaz at the end of the pile of corn, which is the Word.
We need to realize that the “then”, points back to the barley and wheat. The barley and wheat will cause this woman, the bride, the soul, the Church or what ever you are looking at, to come to rest at the feet of Jesus. Here is Ruth; she came to rest at His feet at midnight, the darkest hour, after the grain was threshed into a mountain of grain. It is possible, at the darkest hour of your personal experience, to find a place of rest at His feet. We believe, that at the darkest hour of this existence, there will be a woman at rest at the feet of Jesus. At a time when most everybody else is asleep, there will be a woman resting at the feet of Jesus. Remember what the woman is? The woman is the soul (intellect, will and emotions). This is the reason we can say that the "then" points to what produces this kind of rest. It is not our teachings. It is the barley and the wheat. That is the purpose of what Jesus did for us. It was to bring us to rest. He said, "Come unto Me and I will give rest unto your souls."
Ruth 3:1 Then Naomi, her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
Naomi pictures the old covenant. It is the revelation of Christ that is seen in the Law. Maturity will come from the pictures of Christ seen in the Old Testament. That is why we are looking at them. We find the Old Testament pointing to Christ and then bringing us as a schoolmaster to Christ. Jesus is revealed in the New Testament and then we go back to the Old Testament to see physical pictures of the person who is a spiritual being and spiritual reality.
How do you explain what it is like to be in union with Christ? How do you explain the victory, the rest? You go back into the year of Jubilee and you see a horn blown, that brings people to rest and back to their inheritance. It brings people freedom from being a servant and freedom from indebtedness. It is a horn being blown. It is Jubilee!
There is a picture and we are convinced that the Law gives us these physical stories and pictures that we can relate to spiritual truths. I believe that is the reason they are there. Naomi points to the Law that teaches us about our place of rest. Then, after life is produced, the Law is then brought to its proper place as the whole story fits together. We can even say those Old Testament people will not be made perfect without us. When He is birthed from us, we all come into manifestation together. There is just one body, family, it is the Body of Christ.
What is helping us grow is the information we have been given by pastors and teachers that understand the finished work of the cross. They have had their spiritual eyes and ears opened, as they fed on the Word, through the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The way we share the information is to first proclaim it. Then it is to be proven in the New Testament, pictured in the Old Testament, and then made practical.
The picturing seems to be the hard part for many. That is the reason we have a David, who slays a Goliath and a Jonathan who is carrying the weapons of David. These are beautiful ways to show someone what it looks like in the natural.
That is what Naomi is doing when she said, "I want to seek a rest for thee".
2 And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens thou wast? Behold, he winnoweth barley tonight in the threshingfloor.
The threshing floor is the place where the lifeless part of this grain is removed by the wind of the Spirit. The Bible is a seed. You are a New Creation Man, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, the Word of God, which lives and abides forever. In any seed, there are two parts. There is the part that you can see and then there is a life in that seed that actually produces something from itself. We believe the Word has a letter and a spirit. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life! So, here in the threshing floor is a place where this barley and wheat, that has been gleaned is now taking on life. The natural is being removed as the spirit wind is blowing. Boaz is threshing this barley and wheat, so that the dead outer hull is removed and we can see what is inside. It’s important to realize that he was doing this at night. He was doing this in a place beyond natural sight.
It was a place where it was dark. It is the end of one day. In verse 3, this is Naomi's instructions:
3 Wash thyself therefore, You can put the New Birth in there, the washing of regeneration. Wash thyself with the Word. Then she says, …and anoint thee… You can see the Holy Spirit there. …and put thy raiment upon thee,
You need to have the white linen garment of salvation and you need to have a blue robe, which speaks of the Spirit-filled life. All of these are parts of Him. You can also put in there the armor of God.
Now here is something important. It doesn’t say, "Get thee up", it says, …and get thee down to the floor: The way up is down. You get all spiffed up and then humble yourself. Then she says, …but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.
The Feasts, family, are called the Feasts of the LORD! The New Testament calls them, the Feasts of Israel. They had become the Feasts of Israel because the Lord was not involved in them much anymore. They had become merely outward rituals.
These feasts are His feasts and we gather unto Him so that He can feast on us. He comes to enjoy.
Father wants a people to fellowship with. “Let us make man in our image.” I believe we are too much man-centered; wanting to know what is in it for us. Family, Father's purpose for salvation was to provide a people; Jesus is going to have intimacy with.
Now, let us go on to verse 4.
4 And it shall be, when he lieth down,
This is the beginning of a real picture of His death. When you talk about the bride in the beginning, wasn’t the bride formed out of a sleeping Adam? The lying down here is a picture of the last Adam's death and out of his death is formed a bride. We find the same picture all through the Old Testament and that is what is being pictured here. Then, something happens.
Then it shall be, …that thou shalt mark the place where he shall lie, That would be the Cross.....
…and thou shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
This has been a mystery for a long time. Naomi told Ruth, "Here is the key to His heart. This will do it." Ruth says, "I want this. What do I need to do?" Naomi tells her to go look at his feet.
How many of you know there has to be a spiritual application there somewhere?
In Revelation 1, His feet are brass. Brass is a type of judgment. It is in His judgment that a revelation of our union with Him actually begins. In John 12:31, Jesus said, Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. The cross was the judgment of this world.
We can even say that in the uncovering of his feet, we find that she sees herself there because the feet of the body of Christ would be the last part of the body's birth. The head is birthed first. I had the privilege of being with my wife when our last two children were born. First there was a head to come out, then the shoulders, and last, the feet. However, they were all one birth, all one child, all one Christ and all one life.
The feet of the Body of Christ, are those who will discover what the real enemy is; it’s our carnal thoughts. Father is showing us our sitting (resting) with Him in the heavenlies. Our job is not to pull down a perceived enemy. Our job is to be elevated with Him, knowing that all enemies are already under our feet. Do you understand the difference? We don’t whip ourselves; we have already been whipped! What we are to do is rise up and sit with Jesus in the victorious Christ nature. Father has already defeated Adam and everything man was in their fall state. We always want to do something, instead of finding something out that is already true. We need to say, "I'm IN the One who did it" instead of” I did it myself and my way."
Naomi says to Ruth, "Here is the key. You are going to uncover his feet.
We believe the feet of the body of Christ are also going to be brass. We are a judged people already.
Daniel said, in chapter 7, that the Anti-Christ makes war and prevails against the Saints until judgment is given them. Some translate that and say, "Father has to bring a great judgment to the Church". No. The judgment that is given them is a revelation of what happened to them on the Cross! When that understanding comes to them, the Anti-Christ will have no inroad into our lives again. That is the judgment that we need a revelation of, the judgment that has already taken place. We need to be given that judgment. It is ours, and for the most part, many have not grasped it yet. That is what the feet are. She sees it and she is given a judgment. She sees his brass feet.
In the Tabernacle of Moses, there is no brass beyond the door. The pillars in which the columns rested are called the hanging. The hanging, which was the door, is stuck in pillars of brass. Once you pass that, there is no more brass. That is the last brass, the last judgment. Every piece of furniture from then on, points back to that brass. The Golden Candle stick was made of one beaten work, which points back to that brass. The Table of Showbread has bread and wine on it, which points back to the brass. The Golden Altar is fueled with the ashes from the Brazen Altar, which points back to that brass. That is the judgment that we are given. You can see it from inside the tabernacle, but it is behind you!
On the Island of Patmos (the word "Patmos" means "my death"), John got a revelation of Christ. He received that revelation of Christ on an island of death. This trumpet that sounded to John was behind him. He had to turn around to see it and it speaks of a message of a finished work that we have not seen yet. There is a clear sounding word from behind you and when you turn around to see the voice, there stands a man with brass feet. This is what we need to do family. We need to quit saying, "Father, when are you going to do something about my problem?" Father is saying, "There is a voice from behind you saying, 'This is the way; walk ye in it.'"
It says again, and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.” 5 And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do.
6 And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother-in-law bade her. 7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry,
Hebrews 12:2 says that for the joy set before Him, He endured the Cross. What did Jesus get inside himself? He received us into Him.
…he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn;
In Song of Solomon chapter 7 verse 2, you almost have a birthing there. The King is describing the Shulamite, the bride, and he says, "Thy belly is as a heap of wheat." She had fed on that and got her spirit full of the wheat. She has a full understanding of the death on the cross. John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Verse 7 and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and laid her down.
Family that is what will happen. If you can really see the judgment, you will rest in that. If you know anybody that is not at rest, you need to go teach this to them. You need to show them where they have been judged. If you are not resting, you haven't seen something. It is not something you do. It is something you see that produces a natural doing that emanates from the divine nature within.
Pastor, you mean I do not have to clean up my life. No. You see what Father did and it will be cleaned up. You will live clean because of the rest, because of the joy, and because of the freedom to live a clean life.
In verse 8 at midnight, at the end of one day and the beginning of another, all this happened......
8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was (not afraid-Greek) startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet.
He was startled that somebody finally found the place. This is the first thing that he said to her after she found that place of rest. This is important because this is what Father is saying to us today.
9 And he said, Who art thou?
Christ knows! He wants to know, "Do you know who you are"? I hear that song, “Zion is calling you to a higher place of rest”. Zion is the Church and who you really are is calling you!
…And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid:
I am a bond slave unto death. I am here to stay. Then this is what she says:
…spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.
You cover me with all you are and all you have. You put your mantle over me. That is what I am here for. She said, "I am here to share your life. Spread thine skirt over thine handmaiden for thou art a near kinsman If he does this, it is a commitment of union.”
10 And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter:
He is excited because this is what He has wanted all along.
…for thou hast showed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.
You are not following all kinds of doctrines and teachings any longer. You are following after me. There are a bunch of ministers out there today saying, "Where did she go?"
Verse 11 And now, my daughter, do not fear.
You can understand that, in the natural, this little city wondered what was going to happen. However, he said, do not be afraid,
I will do for you all that you request,
What a word! You are going to become more than you ever dreamed! Every need you have had, you are going to get in me. You are going to express my life. You are going to give birth to my son.
…for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.
There is a city made up of people. The city is a people. They know that she is a virtuous woman. What is that? She is whole spirit, soul and body; she does not need to “get saved.” She is saying, "Oh boy! My dreams were already fulfilled and I did not know it."
In addition, he says, 12 Now it is true that I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.
See, I do not have first right to you.
What? Listen, I have spent the night here and you say another one has first right? Yes!
What he is saying is that he has to deal with a person who still has a right to you. He has got to prove and we will see in Chapter 4 how he does this. There is somebody that you have to see who cannot produce life in you. He is the one who has first choice.
13 Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the LORD liveth: lie down until the morning.
This is where we are today. We hear a big message of becoming everything that the Lord wants. We hear that we are becoming a manifestation of Him, letting Him appear in our life, all the things we are saying. In addition, the Lord says, "There is something you have to learn first. There is something I have to show you, so that you absolutely know it! I have to prove and expose you to something that holds you back; it is your own carnal thoughts. Until your thoughts are in line with what is true of you in your spirit, you will not manifest the Christ that you are.
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, and she arose before one could recognize another. Do not let it be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.
He said, "If you have spent time in my presence, you won’t have to tell anybody." Most people that are telling others about being with Father may not have been with Him at all. If you have been with Him, it will show. You will glow. Look at Moses. He said, "Don’t let anybody know."
15 Also he said, Bring the veil (shawl) that thouhast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
He filled this covering up, with six measures of barley. When she came to her mother in law, she did not say, "Oh, I’ve spent the night in the presence of the Lord. I’m special!" She walked in that house and Naomi looked at her and said:
16 And when she came to her mother-in-law, she said, Who art thou, my daughter?
Naomi said, "Who are you?" Family, when you spend time with Father, they will say, "Who are you? What happened to you?" You will not be the same person anymore. Ruth was so changed that her own kinfolk did not know who she was. Naomi said, "Is that you, my daughter?" Ruth did not answer by telling Naomi who she was. She answered by telling her all that had been done to her.
16…And she told her all that the man had done to her. 17 And she said, These sixmeasures of barley gave he me;
Ruth said Let me show you what the man gave to me. Here’s one measure; I was crucified with, another, I died with, another, I was buried with, another, I was quickened with, another, I was raised with, another, I was seated with. Six measures of barley. That is what the man did to me
…for he said to me, Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.
Now listen to how much Father loves you and the world. There are a lot of Naomi’s out there. What did Naomi say when she came back? She said, "I went out full but He brought me back empty” but He said to take these measures of barley back to your mother in law. Do not go home empty.
Much of the time, people get these revelations and keep them to themselves. Family, we are to give out! ....Sending portions to those for whom nothing is prepared...Nehemiah 8:10
Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, (see the salvation of the Lord) until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.”(Finished)
Did He finish?
There is an inheritance reserved for Jesus. This is pictured in the Old Testament story of Joshua.
Joshua, when he had given out and was used of the Lord to help conquer this land, and all of the people got their possessions, it was said that the children of Israel gave Joshua an inheritance. His inheritance was a city named Tim-nath-sera, which means, "Double fruitful". This city was on a mountain. The Bible says that he built a city and dwelt therein.
Joshua is a type of Jesus. Jesus’ inheritance is a city that He builds that He dwells in. We are a people called a city that He is building where He will dwell in His fullness as soon as His bride matures. When we grow up and become a habitation for Him, then He gets what He is after. Ephesians chapter 5 says He will wash us with the water of the Word and present us without spot or wrinkle, blameless unto Himself.
Family, are you letting this Word wash you? This is what we are doing. We are being cleansed and washed. There are still things in us that need to be cleaned out: dead works of the law/flesh, wrong beliefs and memories. His Word is cleaning them out.
In the first chapter of this book, the 21st verse, Naomi has just returned and says 21 “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty."
Now you know that Naomi followed her husband from the house of Bethlehem (bread) Judah (praise) into the place of Moab, a place of ease, a place where there was no demand that she be poured out from vessel to vessel. In Moab, there was no demand for change. Naomi did not go there to stay. She just went there to visit. She went to take a little vacation, a little break. She left Bethlehem Judah but returned after losing everything even as weakly and sickly as it was. She lost everything that had been produced in the land of Moab. She returned to Bethlehem and made the statement, "I went out full." The question for her is, "If you were full, why did you leave?" It is important that we see this.
There have been many times we would say, "We need to get into the Word and be full of the Word". We believe that but you could be full of the Word and not fulfilled in Him. If the Word is not bringing you to the person, or if searching the Scriptures is not developing a relationship with Jesus, then it is for naught. Just learning the stories will not help you to mature spiritually. I know people that can quote the Scriptures backwards and forwards and I have heard great theologians preach and teach. However, the question is, "Do you know Him, Jesus Christ?"
Naomi is likened to the person who has spent her life in the house of bread and praise but has never spent any time in the presence of Boaz (her kinsman redeemer). She said, "I was full. I had everything they were peddling." We have all been there. We have heard all their teachings and doctrines. We have memorized a lot but we have been empty and unfulfilled. It is possible to be full of the Word and not fulfilled in your relationship with Him.
Then in chapter 2: So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.”(Grace)
Grace was merited by somebody. Somebody merited that grace for you. There was a price paid. Jesus went to the Cross and identified with who all mankind became, because of Adam’s disobedience, and paid the price of redemption. The wrath that we deserved was poured out on Him. He bore that wrath and there is where the grace is provided.
Grace is unmerited favor, but it has been merited by someone so that Father God could grant you that grace by faith, receiving what that One has done. You can, by faith receiving Him, enjoy the benefits of your union with Him.
In Isaiah 53 there is a real interesting thought in verse 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
The word many in the above verse means the largest number, all.
It was by His knowledge; by the things He knew in His redemptive work. It was by His intimate union with fallen humanity. He knew them. He identified with humanity in vital union with them. The Spirit of God is saying, "By what He knew on the Cross, all are made right!"
Here is the growth process. It is to know what He knew. It is to be able to say, "I see what He knew". He knew that was me with whom He was identifying. When He went to the Garden of Gethsemane and sweat great drops of blood, He was not shrinking from the physical pain of the cross. He did not want to know man in the sense of becoming all of humanity in Adam. With that in mind, go back over to Ruth chapter 2.
Ruth has gotten herself a local church. She has gotten herself a local pastor. Then, Boaz rises up and begins to speak to her.
We find in verse2:9 Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee?
In the light of three stages of maturity, you have children, young men, and Fathers. You have babies, spirit filled and people who are Fathers. This is a charge to the young men. He said, "I don’t want you to touch her." It would sure be good if every young man would be taught at the beginning to keep his hands off the woman, the Church.
It goes on to say to her, 2:9 …go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.
You can drink from their vessels, but do not let them touch you. It is Boaz who wants the intimacy with the woman.
Then we find in verse 10 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
In the light of what we have said, listen to what she just said, “that you should take notice (knowledge) of me?"
There it is. That is Isaiah 53; that you should take knowledge of me. Here is a little place to uncover the redemptive work of Jesus. Ruth is already, in type, saved and Spirit-filled. She has come to a place where she is learning and she says, "Who am I that you would notice me or have known me in intimacy?"
Jesus did enter into vital union with the world. This took place on the cross when He opened His pure lovely self to come into union with the world. He knew me. He knew us. He knew the world. We were so much included in that union that Father wrote in the Word that I was crucified there with Him. The world, Egypt, was crucified at that time and place. How could that be unless He identified with us, unless He knew us intimately being one with us?
The first thing we have to learn is that who fallen man were, was done away with on the cross. The old Adam nature was taken away. A man that keeps looking back cannot be fit for the Kingdom. The only way you can keep from being hounded by your past is to know how real all that were affected by Adam’s fall (man’s carnal nature) died in Christ.
The fit man is one who takes the scapegoat, which is a type of the old man as an identification with Jesus on the Cross, into the wilderness. The man, who takes this scapegoat so far into the wilderness that the goat would never return, is called a fit man! It has to be a fit man. Father is rising up some fit men! Fit men are people who will not look back. Their minds are renewed.
I am a new creature in Christ. I am not the same person I was. I am a brand new person; a brand new creature. I am learning here, how I became a new creature.
Now, not only in verse 11 but also in Ruth chapter 2, after the bread and wine of verse 14, and then verse 19 And her mother-in-law said unto her, Where hast thou gleaned today? and where wroughtest thou? blessed be he that did take knowledge of thee
He took knowledge of thee. Blessed is the One who took knowledge of thee.
We find in chapter 3 that Ruth had grown from a place, where in type, she was the Plural of Father God, in type, beginning to lean to Spirit. Her diet then changes from that of the gleanings of the nuggets of truth, a little bit here and there, whatever was left, to that of barley and wheat, the bread and the wine. She began to chew on parched corn. Parched corn, to me, has always pictured Promise Land provision. Parched corn is things that were over there already. When we cross the Jordan, into the Promise Land, spiritually speaking, we are feeding on a finished work. We are feeding on those things that we have discovered were already true of us. The giants had been building fields, vineyards and houses and Father told them, "You will go over there and eat food you didn’t produce". Therefore, she had her diet changed. She spent time in Boaz's presence.
Boaz had revealed to her that he would do everything she desired; he would throw his skirt over her, he would enter into vital union with her. Then, as we said before, there is one that has to be dealt with first. There is one who has first right to you and if we do not get him dealt with, between your ears, I cannot reproduce myself through you. Something has to happen. We have to deal with the person who stands before me in the place of a redeemer who has first rights to you.
Now this brings us to Chapter 4. This one, who has to be dealt with, is the Law. Chapter 4 verse 1 begins with the word "Now" (then). All of this is prefaced by what happens before it.
1 Now (then) Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, “Come aside, friend, sit down here." So he came aside and sat down.
Now the kinsman is the Law. Here he took ten men, these are the Ten Commandments, of the elders of the city and they sit down. Therefore, here is the Law and the Lord Jesus and the Ten Commandments sitting down in the gate of your brain, your mind.
We are going to figure this out. Out of all this preaching about a finished work, we are going to get a revelation of Christ. There still remains a place where we have to come to, where we understand exactly what is going on because the Law bears witness. The Ten Commandments bear witness against the woman constantly. Therefore, here is this great meeting and until this is settled in the minds of the believers of the Church, there can be no reproduction. There can be no reproducing His life.
Therefore, Boaz is going to come to the Law and say, "OK buddy. The time has come. Either you produce or we are going to go between her ears and watch you rise up and confess, 'I cannot redeem her and never will.' Law, you are going to give me your shoe." That has to happen between our ears. Something has got to be settled up there in our soul realm.
3then he said to the close relative, Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.
We believe that there are many ways to share this. We believe Naomi pictures the Law and Ruth pictures the Church. It is the same as saying that there is a natural nation and a spiritual nation. The Law was demanded to bring life to both of them. There comes a time when we must understand, that if the Law cannot produce life, then what can?
So here, in the gate with the elders, is where that is going on. Naomi has gotten into trouble and is losing her inheritance. Because of situations that have transpired, she has come to the end of her ability and she is losing a piece of land that was her inheritance.
4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it…
This whole thing at the gate is a picture being reasoned out. When this is all said and done, we are going to understand this. It is going on between your ears. It is a renewing of your mind. Boaz is saying to the Law,
4 …Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it,then tell me, that I may know: for thereis none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
This proves that this was the Law. Christ came after the Law.
4…And he said, I will redeem it. 5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up (immortalize) the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
Not only do you have to redeem that which was Naomi’s, you have to bring life to Ruth. So, we have the Jew and the Gentile. Now this produces a problem and here is where the Law backs off. And verse 6 says,
6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
I cannot redeem her lest I ruin what I was produced to do. I can only produce death. I cannot produce life. This is the law of sin and death. The Law was given until the seed should come to whom the promise was made. The Law was given to bring forth the knowledge of sin. It was not given to bring life. The Bible says in Romans Chapter 8 that what the Law could not do, God did by sending forth His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh. What could the Law not do? This is what this man with first rights is saying. You know I cannot do what you are asking. I cannot bring life.
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, itis evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; anditwas ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator is not amediator of one, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
See, the Seed was come to give life, not the Law.
6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
Something is going to go on right between our ears. There has to be an understanding. It will take place until the Law just screams out, "I cannot redeem it."
Do you hear that yourself?
7 Now this wasthemanner (custom) in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Isn’t it interesting that change and redemption are linked together? We are talking a lot about changing today. He is changing us through redemption.
One man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel. 8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Here is the picture. Here is the Law saying, you walk it out. Here. I’ve done all that I can do, I’ve gone as far as I can go. Here is my shoe. You walk it out the rest of the way. Now we go to verse 9:
9 And Boaz said unto the elders (the Ten Commandments), and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
See, Chilion means “weakness” and Mahlon means “sickness”, and right here is Galatians 3:13: Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law. He has redeemed us from weakness and sickness. It is all part of the redemption process so why don’t we just walk right on in that which we already have? These were real people. Ruth lived with Mahlon for ten years. There were no children, no life produced from them. But Christ redeemed us from the curse.
10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
1 Corinthians 15:45 says that Jesus was raised to be a life giving Spirit, a quickening spirit.
11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, Weare witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build… the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
That word “build” means ben, Benjamin. What do you think “ben” means? It means son. Her purpose was to give birth to a son. He said she is going to be like Rachel and Leah. You know the story about Jacob and Laban. The interesting thing is that Rachel means “ewe”, she was a little lamb, a lamb spirit. Leah means “weary”. This will tell you where we are. Jacob worked seven years for Rachel. He fell in love with her and worked seven years to get what he wanted. Then he awoke on the day after the marriage, looked over, and found out that he was with the wrong woman. He had Leah. The principal is that if you are going to work for it, you end up getting nothing but weary. Then Jacob said, "This isn’t right." Therefore, Laban gave him Rachel and then Jacob worked seven years because he had her.
12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bore unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman. 13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
In this present age, the name (nature) of Jesus much more famous than it has been in the Church or in the world. His name/nature is famous in the entire world.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter-in-law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
Naomi was restored supernaturally. The birthing of the Son reaches back into all ages and into all nations and it brings life to the body together. They will not be made perfect without us. There is a growing up as the one body of all ages is coming into maturity.
There are some dried up Naomi’s in the world today, who have given us truths and information and have given the things that have laid a foundation for our lives on which to build these redemptive truths that we will never forget. Somebody has to rise up, produce life, and turn to those people and say, right here is what you have been looking for. We do not look back to our fore-fathers and say, "Well, they did not know what we know". No. If it were not for those people, we would not have what we have today.
There are places where people are dried up and dying and they do not understand. Father is going to give birth to the life of His Son and we are going to run right to those people. We hunger for that day. Naomi’s are the reason we are here.
17 And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed:
Obed means “servant”. This is the fulfillment of this whole thing. Therefore, the birthing of the Son from the Church is a servant spirit. Jesus said, “He that is greatest among you will be servant of all.” He said let me show you what you need to do. Come, take your shoes off and I will wash your feet. I will clean them with a servant’s towel. We will give them an answer that will help them with their walk. I will wash you with the water of the Word; I will help you, not condemn you.
There are an Obed people being birthed in the Church. We have many different companies found in the Word. Now we have an Obed company. In Exodus 21, one characteristic of a servant is that he has his ear nailed to the door. He wanted to stay and serve. A real servant has his ear nailed to the door, Jesus, and he cannot hear anything else. All he sees in the Word is Jesus.
17… he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begot Hezron, 19 And Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab, 20 And Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon, 21 And Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed, 22 And Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.
Out of this little Gentile girl, comes David and she gets in the lineage of Jesus. It grows to the fullness of Christ and the Church. This is a good book, Praise God! The Law is saying to you, "I cannot redeem it." The Law is handing over the process to our heavenly Boaz and Jesus is saying to you, "I can and I have."
Let the birthing process take place. May the Church give birth to a government that has no end to its increase!
Father let the birthing take place in us.
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