Cling To Me
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
One night in prayer I heard Jesus say, "Read the book of Ruth". Shortly after that I heard Him say, "Cling to Me". The next day as I got up to read, my heart began to break as I read the book of Ruth with new eyes.
I saw the grace and mercy of Boaz (representing Jesus), towards Ruth (representing the new covenant church). I wept and wept as the Lord was unfolding this prophetic picture before me. Ruth found grace in the eyes of Boaz ever since the first day he saw her gleaning in his field . This man of great power and wealth, had compassion on a stranger who came from a heathen nation.
I said okay Lord, but what does this have to do with clinging to you? What do you mean when you say that? He prompted me to start from chapter one. As I got to verse 14, He opened my eyes to see something that was hidden before.
Ruth 1:14 And they lift up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth CLAVE unto her.
My eyes opened wide with excitement! Then the Holy Spirit asked me a question, ‘How did she cling to her?’ I continued to read and this is what unfolded:
Ruth 1: 15-17 And she said, "Behold thy sister is gone back unto her people and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there shall I be buried: The Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me".
You see Naomi represents the Old Jewish Covenant. Which without her, Ruth could not be grafted into the family. But as Ruth turned her back on the world and forsook everything she ever knew to take refuge under the Wings of the Almighty, The God of Israel, Boaz (Jesus) took note of her. You see Jesus has paid the way for us to come into new covenant. But there is one requirement: You forsake ALL to follow Him.
He goes on to say this to Ruth in Chapter 2, as He notices her gleaning in His field:
Ruth: 2:8-9 Then said Boaz unto Ruth, "Hearest thou not 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 thou 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".
As Ruth threw herself at the feet of Boaz (Jesus) in great gratitude she asked a question: "Why have I found favor in your site?" Boaz went on to tell Ruth it was her reward for leaving everything behind to come seek refuge under the Wings of the Most High. Boaz allowed Ruth to work in His field (The Kingdom of Heaven) and to drink of the water of His vessel when she was thirsty (refreshed of the Holy Spirit). When she was hungry, He told her to come and dine at His table, to eat His bread and dip it in the wine. This was the picture of Jesus saying you can eat at my table and partake of my flesh and drink of my blood of the new covenant (see John 6:56). She was free to come in and go out, taking all she had gleaned and when she was full she would share the extra with Naomi. This represents us fellow-shipping with the Lord and partaking of heavenly things, and when we have been filled we go and pour out the overflow with others.
But He did give her a command: "Do not to go glean in another field, but abide here by my maidens. Let your eyes look on the field they do reap. Jesus is saying here to abide in Him and look not to partake in the
'field of the world'.
At first, when Ruth began to glean the leftover pieces after the servants, it was only the small pieces that fell. But as she rose up each morning to go and glean in the field of Boaz, He gave word to the young men to not only allow her to glean from the sheaves but also to throw handfuls on purpose for her.
This represents growing in the things of God and His Kingdom. Although you may not have much spiritually when you first begin to glean in the Lord's field, as you faithfully return each day, He will begin to give you handfuls of the spiritual treasures of His Kingdom. As scripture says:
Colossians 3:1-3 Seek things from above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is now hid with Christ in God.
In the end, before Ruth was married to Boaz, Naomi told her to go wash herself, anoint herself, and put her raiment on, and go that night to the threshing floor where Boaz was winnowing the barley. Ruth lay herself at His feet and spread His cover over her. At midnight, Boaz awoke to a woman at His feet and what He said was profound.
Ruth 3:10 "Blessed be thou of the Lord my daughter: For thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followest not young men whether poor or rich."
Jesus said that whoever endures to the end shall be saved. Ruth prepared herself to make herself ready. She cleansed herself from any filthiness of the flesh, she anointed herself meaning she had intimacy with the Holy Spirit, and she put on her raiment meaning she clothed herself with Christ, and then she made the final sacrifice of her devotion to Boaz, she laid her very own life down.
Friends, a time of darkness and testing is coming upon the whole world. Jesus will send a strong wind to separate the wheat from the chaff. Let us put our houses in order that we may be found faithful in the eyes of Jesus. A bride without spot or wrinkle. And when He comes at midnight to redeem us, may He find us resting in Him with our lamps full as the the wise virgins did. They paid the cost to keep their lamp full of oil that they may be ready for the Bridegroom.
Let us not be like the foolish virgins who paid no cost to keep their lamp full of oil. When they knocked on the door of the Bridegroom. He said, I do not know you.
Friends, let us cling to the Lord.
Beth Holiman is a teacher and worshiper who moves in many gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to invite Beth to speak at your church or group event, click on the tab above or email Daughters.Zion@yahoo.com.