Day 52 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Chapter 1 to 4
🎈 My remarks on Ruth. She excelled in maintaining her :
R elationship with God, Naomi and the Israelites.
U nderstanding her own status and God's precepts .
T estimony of faithfulness and devotion .
H umility in faith and action.
🌹Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People 👨👨👧👦
THE BOOK OF RUTH
(A Concise Introduction)
📕 It begins with the phrase - "In the days when the Judges ruled" - a period when Israel had no kings and everyone did as they saw it fit ( Jud 17:6; 22:25) . It was the period of Israel's Apostasy, Moral Degradation and Oppression.
📕 It begins with FAMINE in BETHLEHEM - " the house of Bread ". It would be not wrong to say that Israel's disobedience has caused the famine . God had promised that he would send regular rain to his people, but warned them that they would face famine if they break the covenant and served other gods . ✒ Deut 11:10-17
This interpretation may be established by the fact that the famine had ravaged Israel but spared Moab , which was 25 miles away across the Jordan.
📕 The book of Ruth is the movement from EMPTINESS to FULLNESS :
Naomi lamented her loss of family ( 1:21 ) but ended up celebrating the birth of a son ( 4:14 - 17)
📕 The book of Ruth begins and ends in BETHLEHEM ( 1:1 ; 4:11 )
》 Going away from Bethlehem ( Famine to Funerals)
》 Coming back to Bethlehem ( Marriage to Maternal blessing)
📕 The book of Ruth is the movement from MOABITE Ancestry to MESSIANIC Ancestry :
~ Chapter 1 - RUTH the Foreigner in the city
~ Chapter 2 - RUTH the Gleaner in the field
~ Chapter 3 - RUTH the Kinswoman in the threshing floor
~ Chapter 4 - RUTH the Ancestor of the Messiah.
📕 KINDNESS is one of the theme of the book of Ruth :
> GOD'S KINDNESS to his people ( 1:6 ; 2:20 )
> RUTH'S KINDNESS to Naomi ( 2:18 )
> BOAZ'S KINDNESS to Ruth ( 2:13-16 )
> BOAZ'S KINDNESS to Elimelech's family ( 2:20 )
> NAOMI 'S KINDNESS to Ruth ( 3:1 )
> GOD'S KINDNESS to Ruth ( 4:13 )
All these godly packages was enough to testify that Ruth was a woman of noble character 📕 3:11b.
🙌 How blessed are we to read "A wife of noble character who can find ? She is worth far more than rubies."
"Many women do noble things , but you surpass them all" written by Ruth's great grandson ( Prov 31:10,29 )
May the good Lord bless us as we study and meditate the book of Ruth . May we improve our relationship with God and with one another.
Glory to God 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP🌄
Let Christ be our King
If you notice the yesterday's reading portion, the very first verse and the last verse (Judges 18:1 & 25 and in 19:1) it says
In those days there was no king in Israel, every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
The king rules, ordains, commands, legislates and establishes the kingdom.
A kingdom without king is like a bus without a driver, a plane without a pilot and a ship without a captain.
Our heart is like a kingdom.
Three persons can rule your heart.
If Christ is not ruling then either self or satan is ruling the heart.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jer17: 9)
We cannot understand our heart, its very deceptive, wicked, unpredictable, dubious and volatile.
That's why it is said:
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.(Prov 4:23)
Time and again we need to harness our heart with the word of God:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.(Heb 4: 12)
King David harboured his heart with a beautiful habbit, he always disciplined his heart with the word of God:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.(Ps 19: 14)
That's why God testified about David saying:
I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.(Acts 13: 22)
We have one life and one heart. Let Christ come and rule in us so that we can rule with Him in the days to come.