JUNE 7: THEY SHALL NOT TOUCH THEE

THEY SHALL NOT TOUCH THEE

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, 'It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab: And she said, 'I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves'; so she came and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. Then said Boaz unto Ruth, 'Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens; Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go after them. Have not I 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.' 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 foreigner?'
And Boaz answered and said unto her, 'It hath fully been shown me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother-in-law since the death of thine husband; and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people thou knewest not heretofore. 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."
Ruth 1:5-12
Today's Read: Ruth 1-4; Psalm 91
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Do we find ourselves, this moment, in the aftermath of some calamitous affair from which we are still recovering?
Perhaps a death, disease, or dire circumstance does here appoint and meet us.
Do we find ourselves situated in new fields, laboring amongst foreign members, with the responsibility of procuring provision for another in some form?
Do we find ourselves weary of well-doing yet still at the gleaning?
"Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings."
Isaiah 3:10
"And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."
Galatians 6:9
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How richly embroidered are the blessed realities woven into the fabric of those who obey.
How comely and beautifully they shall, in due season, wear the garments of their effort upon that sustained obedience.
How satisfying and gratifying, when the weary soul at task, shall at once look up and meet the compassionate face of the approving Redeemer smiling down upon them.
Thy Redeemer cometh and He shall not tarry.
Wait for Him, come what may, and feel the sweat trickle off the brow until thy recompense hath been shown thee.
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Boaz is symbolic of our blessed Redeemer, dear friend.
He who hath allowed the most dire of situations, navigates and treads the fields early, that the weary feet which stumble therein might find thy provision procured.
He who brings such events and individuals into thine life doth here remind us of the procurement of better things to come:
-Situated amongst the sheaves are the gleanings of His glory.
-Situated in foreign field are the sure and ready provisions and portions for thine attainment.
-Situated over the laborers Himself, doth He govern with gentle eye and testify, marking  out for safety that "one" which shall go untouched and be left alone.
Thy Redeemer cometh and He will not tarry.
His promises stand ready and available attainments waiting to tend and satisfy us.
If thou hast repented of a lesser lot or errored from a noble path, Thy Redeemer shall remedy with transfusion the Son's blood, and rectify wholly thy life and thy being.
The soul that waits on Thee shall be rewarded sufficiently.
This is the truth of the blessed Scripture.
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Think not upon what thou hast left behind but labor only in that field which doth presently attend and sustain thee.
The Redeemer's presence standeth over thee and His provision standeth sure.
Thy lot shall be made secure and thy gleanings shall be made plentiful and strong.
Thine ending shall be greater than thy beginning,
And thy Redeemer shall be to thy praise.
"Because he hath set his love upon Me; therefore will I deliver him. I will set him on high because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation."
Psalm 91:14-16
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Three Study Considerations:
1) Read the short book of Ruth and consider the "field" which presently you labor in.
What is your soul's condition and what provisions has your Redeemer met you with?
2) Reflect on the "domino falling" discords and trials that temporarily invaded the life of Ruth. Where did they ultimately lead her and who was providentially behind each difficulty?
3) Trials, tests, transgressions and more, when brought before the blessed and forgiving Redeemer, are transposed into a glorious testimony which brings God glory, and affords our life purpose.
Continue to glean and gather in the field God has placed you in and await your reward.
A surprise is coming your way.
Labor and look long for it.