"...and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah" (Ruth 1:7).
Today is the 29th day of the Hebrew month Iyar. We are at the 44th day of the counting of the omer. Iyar is a significant month in the Hebrew calendar, as it is an acronym for "I am the LORD that heals you" (Exod. 15:26), "Ani Hashem Rofecha"—"I am G-d, your healer."
As we study Moses and the children of Israel, after they were delivered from Egypt, we see instances of healing that took place in the second month called Iyar. Iyar is considered a linking month, connecting the month of Nisan to the month of Sivan. Shavuot/Pentecost is a feast that celebrates the end of harvesting barley and the beginning of the harvest of wheat. Barley is symbolic of the Israelites and wheat is symbolic of the Gentiles. 1
THE BOOK OF RUTH
In the book of Ruth, which is customarily read on Shavuot/Pentecost, we see events that took place between Passover and Shavuot. The book of Ruth is a beautiful story that demonstrates God's plan to save both the Jew and the Gentile.
One of the key characters in the Book of Ruth is Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth. When we are introduced to Naomi, we see a description of a woman who had experienced the devastation of famine, widowhood, and the loss of her only two sons. In the original language, to be widowed could be illustrative of a desolate condition. The Hebrew word "widow" means that you have become bound, tongue-tied and silenced.
Spiritually speaking, if you are tongue tied, you are not able to speak with power. I bring this to our attention because as a Pastor, I am hearing reports of many people experiencing great harvest and breakthrough, and others experiencing desolation and drought. Naomi was able to be delivered from ruination and desperation. The Bible tells us how she did it.
Naomi arose with her daughters-in-law while she was in the land of Moab because she HEARD how the LORD had visited his people and gave them bread. (Ruth 1:6) The first thing she had to overcome in her "widowness" was to raise herself up. The reason she could raise herself was birthed in something she had heard. She then had to go forth "out of the place" where she was being oppressed.
This "place" is a condition of the mind or body. Many who are in the place of failure will have to make a decision. They must decide to go forth out of the place in their mind that has allowed even their own speech to work against them. We live in a voice-activated kingdom, and by speaking God's Word into a situation we are able to decree a thing and have it be established. Not only that, as we do so, the light will shine upon our ways. (Job 22:28) I have seen this principle work in my life throughout my whole walk with the LORD. Likewise, the same principle (God acting on your words of faith) will work for you.
The widow Naomi, one who once had been silenced, bound and not able to speak with power, now hears a message that God is visiting his people with bread. A Hebrew definition of bread can mean to engage in battle, wage war and fight. The Apostle Paul told his spiritual son, Timothy, that he could take the prophetic words spoken over him and war a "good warfare." (I Tim. 1:18) We all know that when we are in warfare, we are on active "military" duty. We cannot remain passive.
Naomi and Ruth went out of that place. They moved. The Bible says that they went on the way to return onto the land of Judah. Since one of the definitions of Judah means praise, the name, Judah, will always be a key for us. The high praises of God coming out of our mouths is a two-edged sword. When we are praising God and blessing Him, our praise causes demonic kings to be bound with chains and evil nobles to be bound with fetters of iron. (Psalm 149:6, 8)
We are approaching Shavuot, the time of harvest. I encourage us all to begin to practice what Naomi did and see what happens in our lives. We choose to not miss our harvest and the time of great joy. (Ps. 126:6)
1. Timothy Program International. Study on Shavuot.