Monday, May 5
Posted: Monday, May 5
Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
Verse of the day:
But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God." (Ruth 1:16 )
Ruth’s story is a true account of incredible faithfulness and an allegorical representation of God’s love for us. In Jewish context, this story centralizes on the theme of ‘hesed’, which in English translates to a love that goes beyond what is expected. In today’s culture, we often use the word ‘love’ as two-fold; a way to describe things we like or enjoy, and as a term of endearment, affection, or commitment. The word hesed goes beyond all of that. Hesed is a phrase that is found many times throughout scripture, primarily in the Psalms, and is used to describe a love that breaks the rhythm of payback, the “I’ll scratch you’re back if you scratch mine.” Hesed type of love reaches others as a true gift, one with zero strings attached.
Ruth now being a widow and with nothing to her name was faced with the challenge of what to do now. Everything she had going for her was stripped away with her husband’s death. Her mother-in-law understood that as widows their best chance of safety and survival was to return to their families. Ruth understood the practical wisdom of Naomi and could have very easily returned back to her parent’s house completely justified. But what makes this story so incredibly impactful is her hesed love. She chose to serve her mother-in-law and with an unconditional love expecting nothing in return. She gave up any future of security to serve and live life with the mother of her deceased husband. Because of this kind of love, God honored her and she (spoiler alert for tomorrow’s reading) was returned with this same kind of hesed love.
God loves us with a hesed type of love. While he was completely justified in abandoning us and leaving us on our own because of our sin, he sent his one and only Son to die for us so that he could have a relationship with us. Today, be conscience of showing the same kind of hesed love that Ruth showed Naomi and God shows us. A love with no conditions, no strings attached, and goes beyond what anyone is expecting!
Pastor Joshua Humpa // Special Events Pastor