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Is He Worthy?
Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 4: Foreshadowing: Ruth - Day 4
Ruth 3:7-9, Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-10 NIV).
In yesterday’s lesson, we focused on Ruth 3:1-6. We witnessed Naomi’s wise counsel towards Ruth and gained clear insight into her heart and motivation. Naomi, indeed, wished for rest and peace for her daughter, Ruth-a woman whom she loved with such devotion and tender- heartedness. Having Ruth’s best interests at heart, Naomi’s love was clearly selfless in its intent. Today let’s turn to the remainder of the chapter. Read Ruth 3: 7-18 and then fill in the blank from verse 9: ‘‘He said, ‘Who are you?’ And she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your ____________________. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a ___________________________’’’ (Ruth 3:9 ESV).
The sentence above will serve as a theme for today’s lesson. If you remember from Day 2 of this week, we focused our attention on Boaz and observed some keen similarities between him, Ruth’s redeemer, and Jesus, our Redeemer. Today we will carry on using this metaphor. Assuming that Boaz represents Jesus in our story who, then, does Ruth represent?
If Ruth represents us, then Ruth’s response in verse 9 gives us discernment into how we should respond to Jesus in our lives. Let’s take some time to really unpack verse 9. How does Ruth identify herself to Boaz?
She acknowledges that she is the lesser-the one possessing limited power and authority with fewer rights-and places herself in submission to Boaz. She knows her role and acknowledges it as such. When she speaks, she calls herself his servant, and her actions prove it. We previously learned why Naomi advised Ruth to lay at Boaz’s feet. Write what you can recall about why she did and reference back to it, if necessary.
Ruth has gleaned in his fields, listened to his instruction, and then reveals her allegiance completely, by laying at his feet. This, also, is to be our posture towards our Lord Jesus.
When Jesus walked this earth, He gave a famous sermon in which He taught us how to pray. Al- though I’m sure most of you could recite it by heart, turn to Matthew 6:9-13 and write the first five lines in the space provided.
Now, if you were to rephrase this in today’s language, how would it read? Write your interpretation below.
I think for me, it would be seven simple words going something like this: You are God, and I am not. Jesus knew the importance of acknowledging repeatedly that we must begin every prayer with a bowed knee and a submissive heart. Hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done. I am detecting a theme: Yours, Lord, not mine.
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