Daily Devotion for August 5, 2010
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Prayer for the Morning
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day; I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life. Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight. Through Christ our Lord, I pray.
Prayer for Grace and Strength
Lord God, I pray that you will fill my heart with the blessing of your Holy Spirit. Grant me this day the strength to be temperate in all things, diligent in my duties, and patient under my afflictions. Direct me in all my ways. Give me grace to be just and upright in all my dealings; quiet and peaceable; full of compassion; and ready to do good to all people, according to my abilities and opportunities. For the sake of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Community of Prayer
Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; in the day when I call, answer me quickly.
The Story of Ruth (part 6) — Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
[If you have not been following along, you might want to read Ruth 1 before reading today's selection.]
One day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for? Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours? Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor.
Wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do."
"I will do whatever you say," Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
Notes on the Scripture
Things are getting interesting in Judah. Naomi decides to make a bold move, and convinces Ruth — who is still young and fertile — to basically crawl into bed with Boaz, making sure she is clean and perfumed and looking her best. Some things have not changed in 3000 years. Whatever Naomi thinks might or might not happen, waking up to find an attractive single woman in his bed is definitely going to get Boaz's attention. Since Naomi has basically told Ruth to do what Boaz tells her, Ruth is clearly prepared to take Boaz as a lover.
The sexual mores of the time, in a hand-to-mouth agricultural society, were hardly Victorian. But Naomi has seen what a decent man Boaz is, and she clearly expects that, if Boaz takes Ruth, he will assume some obligation for her future.