Message Notes1). Ru 3:1 ? Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, shall I not seek rest 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.
a). As we saw last week the third verse of Ruth Chapter 3 continues the most precise and concise explanation of what a Christian is to do in preparation for meeting Christ at His Judgment Seat, pictured for us here as the threshing floor of Boaz.
b). And within our six verses here there are four things in particular we should note.
i/ The seeking of rest in v1
ii/ The certainty of the appearance of Boaz and Ruth on his threshing floor 'tonight' ? literally at mid-night ? a time signifying judgment v3
iii/ The giving of instructions regarding how to prepare for meeting Boaz v3
iv/ And Ruth's faithful obedience in following Naomi's instructions v5 ? v6
c). In the antitype of this picture, in the Christian experience, it is that pictured by Naomi ? the Word of God that encourages us to seek rest
i/ Heb 4:1 ? Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
d). It is the Word of God that makes clear to us the certainty of our appearance at Christ's Judgment Seat - 2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
e). And it is the Word of God that instructs us in our preparation for that appearance - 2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
f). And it is also the Word of God that encourages us to faithful obedience - 1Pe 1:13 ? Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
2). And last week we had looked at the first part of Naomi's instruction to Ruth with regards to the preparation ? 'Wash yourself' ? and we saw how this washing deals with our appropriation of Christ's present ministry as High Priest in the Heavenly tabernacle, providing cleansing for the sins of those who will one day be His co-heirs.
a). And I believe we took to heart what Christ had said to Peter on the night of the last Supper - Joh 13:8b?.. "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."
3). This week we will examine the second part of Naomi's instructions to Ruth ? 'Anoint yourself'.
4). Anointing would always be done with oil and within God's economy in the OT anointing was done in preparation for service and was symbolic of the Holy Spirit coming upon the individual to empower them for that service.
a). And this anointing, this empowerment would come subsequent to their 'new birth'
5). We can see this with the Levitical Priesthood that we looked at last week
a). Ex 29:4 "And Aaron and his sons you shall bring to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and you shall wash them with water. 5 "Then you shall take the garments, put the tunic on Aaron, and the robe of the ephod, the ephod, and the breastplate, and gird him with the intricately woven band of the ephod. 6 "You shall put the turban on his head, and put the holy crown on the turban. 7 "And you shall take the anointing oil, pour it on his head, and anoint him.
b). We can also see this in relation to Saul, Israel's first king
1Sa 10:1 ? Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: "Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance???6 "Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.
c). And with David - 1Sa 16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.
d). Also with respect to Samson - Jg 15:14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. Then the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him; and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax that is burned with fire, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.
e). We can see then from our four examples the anointing being a symbol of the Holy Spirit coming upon the individual to empower them for service ? we see it in relation to being empowered as priest, to be empowered for rulership, and empowered to defeat God's enemies.
f). The empowerment by the Holy Spirit was also something that could be lost through disobedience and unfaithfulness.
i/ As it was with Saul - 1Sa 15:17 So Samuel said? "And did not the LORD anoint you king over Israel???.26 for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel."
g). And because of his sin this was something David cried out to the Lord about - Ps 51:1 ?