"25When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn." (Deuteronomy 23: 24-25)
Why do we find this passage in Deuteronomy, and what does it reveal to us about Jesus and the New Covenant?
In the Old Testament, we learn that God instructed farmers and vine-dressers to leave gleanings for widows, orphans, and foreigners.
One of those widowed, orphaned strangers was Ruth the Moabitess, who later met her kinsman-redeemer Boaz:
"3And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech." (Ruth 2: 3)
"8Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest thou not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens: 9Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them: have I not 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." (Ruth 2: 8-9)
Today, we have a Kindsman-Redeemer who is not just interested in meeting our daily needs, but He wants us to see Him as the source of all our needs and every other desire in our lives:
"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
"Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12: 32)
"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 32)
"20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."" (Ephesians 3: 20-21)
Everything we have, every blessings we receive, is tied to our new life and standing in Christ Jesus. In no way does God our Father want us to begin by receiving His favor, then rely on our own efforts to supply and care for ourselves.
His blessings lead us to believe on Him for all things, just as God had commanded the Israelites to glean enough for themselves from day to day, not attempting to store up and rely on themselves for the future.
Today, see Jesus supplying all your needs for all time. Grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and allow Him to supply every need.