If you are anything like me, its easy to get bogged down when reading things like Old Testament law. I often dread seasons where my times with the Lord are focused on books such as Leviticus, Numbers, or even Deuteronomy. As I read these about these ancient laws, rituals, and customs of the Israelites, I often find myself in the weeds of it saying, “What does this have to do with me?”
Here is what I learned in one of those moments recently. God is faithful to answer my questions so long as I stay faithful in pursuing Him.
Deuteronomy 24:19 says, “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.” Being that I am not a farmer, on the surface, this seems to have little to do with me. And speaking of being in the weeds, am I right?
Suddenly, it hit me. This law actually has everything to do with me. And it has everything to do with you. This law was established as a means of caring for those without food or family to support them. It was established so that the nation of Israel could be a place where people could thrive even through hardship. Because of this law around a hundred years later, a foreign widow named Ruth would be allowed to glean in the fields of a man named Boaz. Boaz would prove to be her kinsmen redeemer and he would marry her. They would give birth to a son named Obed who would have a son named Jesse. Jesse would have a son named David. This David would slay a giant and became a king. Generations would follow eventually a man named Joseph came along. Matthew 1 wraps up this little genealogy lesson with, “Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother Jesus who is called the Messiah.”
This law has everything to do with us. This law made it possible for a foreign widow to survive. Not only to survive but to be a part of continuing the story that God was writing through our history. You see, God was always preparing a way. A way for you and me to come to know him. A way for you and I to be a part of his family. Even the seemingly insignificant things like excess wheat sheaves, He uses to bring us home to Him.
So, when you’re stuck in the weeds, remember that God provided those weeds to sustain us while we were foreigners but ultimately, He sent His son to bring us home so that we could feast from the King’s table where we always belonged.