Practical Proverbial, from Ruth, 9 April 2014

Then the elders and all the people 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 family 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, verses 11-12.

Be careful what you wish for…you just might get…the Messiah.

If you’ve jumped ahead in our story, you know that Boaz married Ruth, and Ruth bore him children.   One of those children had a son, who had a son, who had another son named David.   David became the greatest king Israel ever had.   His descendants also continued for centuries all the way down to Jesus of Nazareth, the forever King of Kings. 

How ironic is it that the Jews, who even today deny the Messiah who is Jesus Christ, blessed Jesus’ ancestor that He might be born.  I suppose you could be skeptical and say, “that’s not the case at all.  They were simply doing a customary thing.   They were just blessing Boaz on his marriage.”   True, but, you know there’s more.   The Jews of way back then had no way of knowing that King David would become one of Boaz’s descendants…or that Jesus would as well.   And God did it anyway.

A lesson for us is, then, is to remember our blessings.   To realize that Jesus is hard at work in EVERYTHING we do, in every minute, in ways we don’t always – or maybe ever – recognize.  I think of the analogy of a ripple in a pond.   A pebble drops in the water causing ripples that, eventually, roll all across a much larger body.   So it is with how God is working in our lives. 

Last night, I was looking at old pictures, some of which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before.   They were pictures of when my parents graduated from college, and ancient (I mean that) family photos, and pictures of people who have been gone for decades.   At points in time long ago, someone took photos of them; many years later, they blessed me.

Consider, then, that there are 7 billion of us on the third rock at this moment in time, and many billions more who came before us.   All we say and do affects others, and in all we think, say, and do, Jesus is hard at work in all 7 billion lives, touching each other, laying the ground for future blessings.   Some of those will be tough, and some will be outrageously loving.  Just like the Jews of Boaz’s day, how we bless others now may just be the catalyst through which the God-man Jesus blesses so many others in the time to come.

Lord, thank you for Your blessings, Your actions, in our lives here.   Let them be a blessing to others.

 

Read Ruth 4.

 

How does what you do bless others you know right now?

What are some ways you see Jesus working in your life?

How can you help that along?

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