Thursday, October 10
Blessing upon Blessing
“Then the elders and all those at the gate said, ‘We are witnesses, May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.’” (Ruth 4:11-12)
In their wedding prayer, the elders prayed for God to bless Ruth. They prophesized that she would “have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.” Bible genealogy tells us that Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David. As David’s descendent, Joseph was required to register in Bethlehem, which, of course, is where Jesus was born. God had it all planned out. Ruth was woven into the fabric of God’s plan for the nation of Israel. Even more significantly, Ruth was woven into the fabric of God’s plan for all mankind. We need to understand that when God blesses someone, that blessing is designed to reach far beyond that one person.
Remember when Jesus healed the paralyzed man (Mark. 2:1-12)? Who received the blessing? Of course, the man—because now he could stand and walk and live a normal life. But who else? The four friends who tore up the roof of the house to lower the paralyzed man’s stretcher down right in front of Jesus. They saw their faith blossom into healing for the person they loved. But who else? The people who were crammed together, listening to Jesus teach in that room. They saw a person whom they knew could not move on his own, suddenly sit up, stand up and walk. But who else? The religious leaders who were there, hoping to prove that Jesus wasn’t who He claimed to be. This miracle had them shaking in their sandals when they realized that Jesus was for real! But who else? Us. This account of what Jesus did boosts our faith that He can break into OUR reality and work mightily in OUR lives, too.
After Ruth and Naomi moved back to Naomi’s homeland, Ruth was known as “Ruth the Moabitess.” This was a constant and painful reminder that she was an outsider, not one of God’s people. She could do nothing on her own to change that, no matter how obedient she was to Jewish laws. But God stepped in. He arranged it so that Boaz could marry her. Now, as “Ruth the wife of Boaz,” Ruth was no longer outside of the circle of blessing. As Boaz’s wife, she joined the family of God. And…her children and descendants would have a prominent place in God’s plan for the salvation of all people.
What does this mean for us? The marriage of Boaz and Ruth is a beautiful glimpse into Christ and His bride, the church. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we too are joined into His church. Like Ruth, we are no longer outsiders. The blessing of our salvation becomes a vehicle for blessings for everyone we come into contact with.
God really does give “blessing upon blessing.” When He does something special in our life, we can be assured that He will use that blessing to touch the lives of others according to His plan.
For further reading: Numbers 6:24-26; Eph. 5:25-27
Precious Lord, I am blown away by Your incredible plan for the salvation of humanity and how You made a way for Ruth, an outsider, into join the ancestry of Jesus. Thank you for including me, too, into Your family through Jesus Christ. I know that as I am obedient to You, the blessings You heap on me will spill over to minister to those around me and accomplish Your will in their lives. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.