Today, I have been musing what it would mean to uncover the feet of Jesus. This came from the book of Ruth in which Ruth proposes marriage to Boaz who would be her redeemer.
Ruth 3:4 And it shall be, when he lieth down, that thou shalt markH3045 the place where he shall lie, and thou shalt go in, and uncoverH1540 his feet,H4772 and lay thee down; and he will tell thee what thou shalt do.
Ruth 3:7 And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn: and she came softly,H3909 and uncoveredH1540 his feet,H4772 and laid her down.
Now, there is a certain line of thought among some scholars that believe her actions of uncovering his feet exposed a lot more than just his feet, exposing everything below his waist, which in turn made everything very awkward when he woke up with Ruth next to him. Personally, I think their reasoning is flawed that suggests that Ruth had done anything that would be considered inappropriate, but it isn’t my point to talk about exactly what she did or didn’t do because that isn’t the point of this passage. For the sake of exactness, Ruth would have uncovered his feet and some portion of his legs enough that when he woke up, he would notice something had changed of his covering that was unexpected. Beyond that, there is no need to speculate that she was performing some sort of ancient betrothal custom that he would understand upon waking up because he was “exposed”. If you look real closely at the wording, you can fill in the details of natural progression without resorting to some weird speculation of indecent exposure.
Boaz is goes in sleep next to the heap of corn guarding it from theft. There could be others that come sleep next to the corn as well, so Ruth is instructed to know exactly where he lay down so that when she goes in, she is sure to know exactly where he is, and she doesn’t accidently lay down next to the wrong person. She watches and goes in probably close to midnight when everyone would be asleep, and goes in “softly” and uncovers Boaz’s feet and legs. This small change in covering, is probably enough to stir Boaz from his sleep. When he wakens to the point of realizing that his coving is missing from his legs, he is frightened because he is unclear of who or what removed his covering. The Hebrew word used would indicate that he trembled with fear. Now he is looking for the reason of his great fear, and turns to see who removed his covering, and behold there was a woman at his feet.
Ruth 3:8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.
Now it is dark, and he can’t discern who the woman was at his feet… so he asks who she is.
Ruth 3:9 And he said, Who [art] thou? And she answered, I [am] Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near kinsman.
When she asks him to “spread his skirt over her because he was a near kinsman…”, she was informing him that it was his duty to marry her because of Jewish law. But also according to the law, a closer kinsman, must perform the duty to raise up children in the name of the brother that died. Boaz instructs Ruth of what comes next in the process of redemption.
When I read a story, I try and pay attention to what is mentioned no matter how insignificant it may seem. I also try and separate out the assumptions, the things that are not specifically mentioned that may change your perspective when you are reading the story. We all read with visual imagery, and if we are not careful, our imagination even if it is wrong, can be more vivid than what we actually read. Our perspective is tainted by our own imagination. If I interpreted the “feet” of Boaz to me a euphemism for his private area of manliness, then my imagination would be far more vivid than the text, and probably very wrong. Trust me… we don’t need to go there, and the scholars who think so, should get their mind renewed. The text doesn’t say it, so don’t think it!
Now, the Bible does use euphemisms to spare the reader of vivid details. Scholars who believe that Ruth was exposing Boaz because she uncovered his “feet” believe so because of another euphemism of “covering your feet” could mean “going to the bathroom”,… except there is no bathroom back in those days. But “covering your feet” can also simply mean “going to sleep, for something more than just a nap” which makes a lot more sense in every case that it is used!!!
Judg 3:24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour [were] locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
Look at the context. There are no bathrooms indoors in those days, especially upstairs. The Hebrew word for parlour here is an “upper room”. Therefore, you can clearly see in this passage, that they are expecting Eglon the king to be sound asleep in his upstairs bedroom where people would be sleeping. To interpret otherwise is stupid.
1Sam 24:3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where [was] a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.
1Sam 24:4 And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily.H3909
Here again we see that David was being very “quiet” and very “careful”. If Saul were “going to the bathroom”, David could not have managed to cut off Saul’s skirt without Saul knowing. First off, Saul would not be asleep if that were the case. Secondly, his skirt may be “covering his feet”, but could not be touched or moved in any way without notice. Thirdly, David would have to accomplish this task without notice and escape back into the dark of the cave in the time it would take to go to the bathroom. There is no reading material in a cave so it wouldn’t take very long take care of “business”. It is completely impractical to think that it would be possible to David to accomplish his task without Saul being “sound asleep”. Sometimes, I think scholars can just be stupid, or they have some sort of agenda to twist the text toward their vain imagination. I don’t know. As a child, I had no problem figuring out that Saul went in to the cave to sleep, but apparently I am at odds with a lot of “scholars” who think otherwise. Go figure.
So…. Let’s actually talk about what it means for us to “uncover the feet” of Jesus our Redeemer. If Ruth did not uncover the feet of Boaz, we can only speculate that the outcome would have been different. To what degree, we don’t know, but it was an important enough detail to mention whether or not scholars or children could agree on what it actually means.
With the exception of some saints that were resurrected with Jesus when He rose from the dead, we are yet waiting for the “redemption” of our bodies since that time. How bad do we want the redemption of our bodies that we would do the same thing that Ruth did for her redemption? It might be a little harder uncovering Jesus feet since we don’t exactly have a physical body to expose the feet… or do we? You see…
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
We have the BIBLE, the Word of God. Jesus was the Word of God manifest in the flesh, but our Bible is the Word of God manifest IN flesh. The Word of God is a seed that is planted in the dirt of flesh that if nurtured will grow into a tree of Life bearing fruit. As the tree grows, so does the root system that transforms the dirt into the tree. If I were to plant a tree in a pot of dirt, and nurture it, eventually the tree will outgrow the finite amount of dirt in the pot. That tree would have be transplanted to a place where it could grow without any hindrance.
What I think would be very “similar” would be to “reveal the feet” of the Word of God walking in your life. I might not be able to show you the wind, but I can show you the wind by what the wind is doing, and therefore, I can reveal the movement of the wind. Now let’s look for the evidence in the Word of His feet.
Hebrew Strong’s # 1540 = uncover, reveal, expose
This word is first used of Noah…
KJV Word # 5517 = uncovered
Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncoveredH1540 within his tent.
In comparison of numbers…
Greek Strong’s # 5517 = earthy
1Cor 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy,G5517 we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Hebrew Strong’s # 1539 = Skin
Hebrew Strong’s # 1540 = uncover, reveal, expose (Heb: galah)
NT BCV (Book Chapter Verse) # 1540 = Verse # 23275
Matt 5:40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also.
Notice where the Verse # points….
Webster’s Word # 23275 = Gala
Now isn’t that interesting that we have similar sounding words between Hebrew “galah” and English “gala”.
Now look at the word used for feet which is a different word than normally used for feet (H7272).
Hebrew Strong’s # 4772 = Feet
Greek Strong’s # 4772 = Kindred
Greek Strong’s # 4773 = Kin, Kinsman
Ruth 3:8 And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.H4772
Ruth 3:9 And he said, Who [art] thou? And she answered, I [am] Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near kinsman.H1350
4772 Verses from the End (Feet)
John 7:1 After these things Jesus walkedG4043 in Galilee: for he would not walkG4043 in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.
Here is a verse by the same weight…
Deut 26:17 Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: Gematria = 4772 (Feet)
Look at the reference and see…
Hebrew Strong’s # 2617 = Mercy
Now, every once and a while, I will look at the G/K numbering system which is similar, but different than Strong’s. Hebrew Strong’s # 1540 = Uncover is the same as:
Hebrew G/K # 1655 = Uncover
This same number in the Greek Strong’s…
Greek Strong’s # 1655 = Merciful
We could do the same with Hebrew Strong’s # 4772 = Feet. Here is the same word….
Hebrew G/K # 5274 = Feet
The same number back in Strong’s…
Judg 3:24 When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour [were] locked,H5274 they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
This particular word can also be used of shodding the foot as though enclosing it. Also…
Song 4:12 A garden inclosedH5274 [is] my sister, [my] spouse; a spring shut up,H5274 a fountain sealed.
Also what is interesting is another word association…
Webster’s Word # 5274 = Bedpost
Again… I think I am justified by saying that “covering the feet” is an idiom for “going to sleep/resting”. Look at the word right before feet.
Hebrew Strong’s # 4771 = Rest
Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find restH4771 for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].
Now… let’s notice this connection….
Webster’s Vol 1 Word # 5869 = Bible
Webster’s Vol 2 Word # 5869 = Path
Ps 119:105 <NUN.> Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Now… I think it is worthy of note to notice what Naomi said to Ruth…. that thou shalt markH3045 the place where he shall lie…
Greek Strong’s # 3045 = Know
Guess what? That is exactly what the angels said…
NT Verse # 1056
Matt 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Matt 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
Matt 28:10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee,G1056 and there shall they see me.
Did you notice Galilee in the NT Verse # 1056?
Let’s also reverse the number for Galilee (G1056)…
Verse # 6501
Josh 24:24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
See the reference?
Greek Strong’s # 2424 = Jesus
Hebrew Strong’s # 2424 = Living
You see… I am going to show you a different kind of FEET…
1Cor 15:26 The last enemy [that] shall be destroyedG2673 [is] death.
This is actually a “defeat”…by the “feat” of the Resurrection.
So if you can SEE and KNOW the place where Jesus lay, you can UNCOVER Jesus’ FEAT!!!
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