When Everyone Around You Wants To Be “Ruth-less”

December 11, 2009 at 11:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Ruth, the Gentile lady who married a Jew, and helped to bring the Messiah into the world, is one of the greatest converts in the Bible. She is also a good example of someone who, despite all opposition, placed her faith in God and His grace.

First, Ruth’s own background opposed her. She was from Moab, the land of false gods, human sacrifices, and fornication. Also, her circumstances opposed her. With her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law all dead, she seemed to be a hopeless widow. Next, her sister-in-law deserted her, and went back home to find a husband. Even her mother-in-law, who should have been encouraging her in the Lord, began to oppose her.

And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

Ruth 1:15

How is it that Ruth overcame all this opposition, and went on to experience victory, and the honor of being found in the earthly genealogy of Jesus Christ? The answer is found in Ruth 2:12: “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” She had come to trust the LORD God. Remember, God never abandons those who trust in Him, and His promises never fail, even in the face of the most dire circumstances and oppositions.

Naming Neighbors

June 2, 2009 at 11:20 am | Posted in A Little Alliteration, Biblical neighbors, Biblical Parenting | 4 Comments
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God had been gracious to Ruth. He had given her the faith to trust Him and be saved. His blessings continued as He led her to her husband, Boaz, and even gave her a son. Through this son, not only was Ruth blessed, but so was the child’s grandmother, Naomi, the child’s people, and even his neighbors.

And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth 4:16-17

The name “Obed” meant “servant,” partially as a reminder of Ruth’s humble beginnings, and partially as a praise to God for the great service that would be done through Obed’s descendants, including Jesse, David, and eventually the Messiah. The Bible says that children are a “heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3), and they are! But, as followers of the Lord, and good stewards of this heritage, we must remember to teach them to be servants to the Lord, to their parents, their grandparents, and even their neighbors.


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