Pursued By Grace Series Sermon #10
FINDING YOUR PLACE AT HIS FEET
Ruth 3:1-11 (NKJV)
Ruth’s Redemption Assured
1 Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? 2 Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor.
3 Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. 4 Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.”
5 And she said to her, “All that you say to me I will do.”
6 So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her.
7 And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down.
8 Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet.
9 And he said, “Who are you?”
So she answered, “I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.”
10 Then he said, “Blessed are you of the Lord, my daughter! For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich.
11 And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.
There are many places where we can spend the seconds, minutes, hours and days that make up our lives. We can spend them in the world pursuing sin and its pleasures. We can spend our lives chasing prosperity. We can spend our time enjoying recreation. It can be spent working, with family, helping others. And, some of those are good and valid things.
However, the best way to spend every second of your life is to spend it at the feet of Jesus Christ. When we are there, He gives meaning to all the other things we do in life. In fact, being at His feet enables every area of our life to have more meaning.
This passage finds Ruth getting to the feet of Boaz. When she got there, everything in her life changed forever. Her experience in getting to His feet teaches us lessons about getting to the feet of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior that we need to learn.
Let me share the truths in this passage with you today. I want to help you to find your place at His feet. That is the message I want to bring today Finding Yourself At His Feet.
I. V. 1-4 THE POSSIBILITIES FOUND AT HIS FEET
A. The Possibility Of A New Home – Ruth is a widow. With Boaz, she has the opportunity to experience the joy of a new marriage relationship with someone who can love her, provide for her and comfort her.
(Note: All those who come to Jesus by faith receive a new home here (in Jesus – Col. 3:3) and in Heaven, John 14:1-3.)
B. The Possibility Of A New Hope – Ruth is a widow. As a widow, her life will be nothing more than endless days of suffering, poverty, loneliness and defeat. If she can enter into this relationship with Boaz, her entire future will be forever altered.
(Note: Illustration – Where the sinner is and will be without Jesus? Eph. 2:12; Psa. 9:17. In Jesus, the saints find a new future! Life has meaning and there is hope for tomorrow!
Ill. All we have in Him.
– All Spiritual Blessings – Eph. 1:3
– Eternal Salvation – John 3:16; Heb. 7:25
– A close relationship with the Father in Heaven – Eph. 2:13-17
– Absolute security – John 10:28-29
– An ever present Lord – Heb. 13:5
– An Advocate in Heaven – 1 John 2:2
– A High Priest In Heaven – Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34
– A Friend that sticks closer than a brother – Pro. 18:24
C. The Possibility Of A New Happiness – Ruth will never be fulfilled and happy in her current condition. She needs the love and security that can only be offered by someone like Boaz.
(Note: In Christ Jesus, the saints find true joy, 1 Pet. 1:8. This is something that sin, with all its pleasures, Heb. 11:25, cannot offer! There is great joy in knowing Jesus! Amen!)
II. V. 4-9 THE PRESENTATION MADE AT HIS FEET
A. V. 4 It Involved Research – Ruth was commanded to watch the place where Boaz laid himself down. Of all the men there, she was to isolate him and see where he was resting. If she was going to get at his feet, she had to find him.
(Note: So it is with God’s children. If we will obtain the blessings found at His feet, we must first find those feet. In the matter of salvation, there is no finding Him. He does all the finding of the lost sinner, John 6:44, Eph. 2:1. But, for the redeemed, there is a sense in which we must find Him. You see, there are times when we all walk away from where we should be, when that happens, we are going to have to make the effort to move from where we are to where He is, at His feet. He could force you to get there, but that would not be pleasant at all.)
(Note: A word is in order concerning the place she found him. Boaz was in the threshing floor taking care of business. He was in the threshing floor. This was a place, usually located on top of a hill, where the gathered grain was processed.
Ordinarily, the threshing floor was circular, with either a hard clay or bedrock surface. The grain would be cut, gathered in sheaves and transported to the threshing floor. Once there, the sheaves would be placed on the floor and trampled under the feet of oxen pulling a sled. This would crack open the heads of grain and help separate the kernel from the husk. The workers would then take a flail, or a fan and toss the grain into the air. This work was usually started late in the afternoon when breezes were likely to be blowing across the hilltops. As the grain was tossed into the air, the wind would carry the lighter husks away and the heavier kernels would fall back to the floor. This process continued until all the husks and chaff had been blown away. The grain was then gathered into heaps.
Families would participate and after the threshing was finished, a time of celebration and praise would begin. At the conclusion of their feasting, the women and children would leave the floor to sleep nearby in tents, while the men slept around the heaps of grain. They slept with their heads near the grain and their feet away from the grain. They slept in this close proximity to the grain in order to protect it from theft.)
(Note: The picture in this for us is of the price Christ paid so that we might have a relationship with Him. You see, for the grain, the threshing, or winnowing process was quite severe. The grain was trampled and tossed and torn to pieces so that the kernel, the life giving center, might be exposed. By the same token, our redeemer, the Lord Jesus entered His Father’s threshing floor when He went to the cross for us. There, He was trampled, tossed and torn to pieces so that life might be given to those who come to Him. When this was accomplished and He cried on the cross “It is finished!”, there began a time of rejoicing and blessing that will never cease. Just like Boaz, our Jesus “ate, drank, rejoiced and slept” for us in God’s threshing floor! Notice His meat and His drink – John 4:34. Notice His rejoicing – Heb. 12:2; Notice His sleep – John 19:30. His trip to the Father’s threshing floor makes it possible for us to get at His feet. See where He has been and you will know where He still is today, Luke 2:49!)
(Note: Like Ruth, we should mark where He has been and let that be a special place in our hearts. May His death on Calvary never become “old hat” to the children of the King!)
B. V. 5-6 It Involved Resolve – When Ruth heard what was required, she said, “I will do it!” This would require much courage and humility on the part of Ruth. It required her wanting to be with Him so much that she made the effort to go there. It required her to humble herself to lie at his feet. It also required great courage for her to approach this wealthy and important man.
(Note: The same sort of resolve is required for a person to come to Jesus, whether it be for salvation, or for a closer walk. It requires us to make a move toward Him. It requires us to humble ourselves at His feet. It requires us to have the courage to admit that we have a need in our lives. But, for those who will make up theirs minds to get to Him regardless of the cost, the rewards are priceless!)
C. V. 7-9 It Involved A Request – Ill. The context and the fears of both Ruth and Boaz. Then he awakes and she pops the question! Her request to be covered by him is a request for marriage.
(Note: There is nothing immoral in Ruth’s actions. This was common practice in those days.)
(Note: Ruth’s actions teach us a valuable lesson about getting at the feet of Jesus. She just came to Boaz, humbled herself to him and asked for that which she needed! What a lesson! If you want to be closer to Him, then all you need do is get at His feet and ask. If you want to be saved, than all you need do is come to His feet and ask! The reason we do not have the things we want spiritually is often a result of our not taking the time to ask for them, James 4:2.)
III. V. 10-11 THE PROMISES RECEIVED AT HIS FEET
A. V. 10a He Received Her – Imagine the fears that must have occupied her mind as she lay there. “What if he rejects me?” “What if he misinterprets my actions?” “What if he publically humiliates me?” “What if he drives me away and refuses to have anything further to do with me?” She needed not worry, for when he speaks, he says “Fear not!” Boaz wanted to be close to her too, as much or more than she did!
(Note: You need never fear Jesus Christ turning you away! He loves you too much to do that, John 6:37. When you come to Him humbly, honestly, openly and willingly, you will get what you come after. If you need salvation, you can get it at His feet. If it is a closer walk that is your goal, you will find it at His feet. You need not fear rejection, but you should prepare for a big change of life!)
B. V. 11b He Reassured Her – Boaz responds to Ruth’s request by telling her that he will do everything necessary to see that they are together. He will take care of all the matters involved. She had been told that if she could just get to his feet, he would tell her what to do, v. 4. She got there and she was told to trust Boaz, he would see to all the details!
(Note: What a truth! If we can ever just get to His feet, we will find that He is willing to do everything to see to it that our relationship is everything that it should be. You see, all the Lord wants from us is our love. He wants us to be at His feet. When we are there, He will take care of all the details of life, Matt. 6:25-33. By the way, His name is still Jehovah-Jireh, Gen 22:14. Those who are at His feet know that they can simply trust Him to see to all the details of life!)
C. V. 10, 11c He Rejoiced Over Her – Boaz praises Ruth for her love for him and for her godly lifestyle. Her behavior and godly life have worked together to bring all this to pass for her.
(Note: The smile of the Savior is the great reward for those who pay the price to get themselves at his feet. Regardless of the price, regardless of the effort, His smile, His blessings, and His closeness are worth it all! You see, nothing gives Him more pleasure than being able to take your life and mine, hold it out before the world and say, “This is what I can do with a life laid at my feet!”; Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7.)
When Ruth made the effort to get at the feet of Boaz, everything in her life changed. Our heavenly Boaz, the Lord Jesus Christ can and will do the same for you, if you will get at His feet.
Who possesses the courage and the resolve to move from where you are right now to get to His feet? If you have never been to His feet, then I invite you to come right now for salvation. If you have been there and have wandered away, then I invite you to return to His feet and rediscover the blessings that can only be found there.
If you are at His feet right now, then I invite you to come before Him, thank Him for allowing you to be there and ask Him to help you remain as close to Him as you need to be.