In a few days is my wife’s and my 21st anniversary! What a blessing God has given me to be happily married to a wonderful wife that I love. It is sad to see what the world has become when it comes to love and marriage, especially in American society. We have twisted the values of marriage, of love, of relationships and wonder why there is so much hatred and violence. We try to pass laws to “fix” the situations instead of going to the source…the home and the heart. Until those things are fixed, it’s not going to get better. We need more love, less selfishness. We need to raise our kids to love and respect others and how to treat our spouses. We need to make God the center of our home and our lives. Most of us know “the love chapter” in 1 Corinthians 13. You hear it in weddings often. We need to read through this carefully and live it. What else does God say about marriage?
The story of Ruth is a love story. It is a love story of a man and a woman. It is a love story of a mother and daughter-in-law, of friendship. It is a love story of God and His people, God and us. Ruth goes beyond a love story. It describes the character of people. It describes customs of ancient Israel. It describes compassion. It shows that no matter who we are, we are loved by God and can be used by God to bless others. We also see some parallels of how Jesus redeems us. Though we were sinners, enemies of God, aliens, God provided a way to redeem us. Jesus is our Redeemer. Continue reading “Ruth 4: The Redemption”
The second chapter of Ruth reveals the character of Ruth and of Boaz. Ruth meets Boaz as she is gleaning wheat in his field during the harvest. The culture in Israel allows the poor to go to fields and “glean,” or basically pick up the scraps in a field during the harvest. A landowner is to leave the corners of the field so that the poor can come and collect grain for their family. Also, anything that the harvesters drop is free for the poor to collect. What a great welfare system! Continue reading “Ruth 2: Showing Character”
There is so much in the story of Ruth about love, friendship, loyalty, integrity, redemption; it is an example of how God makes even the worst of circumstances for good, of His redeeming love for us, His plan of salvation, the character of Jesus Christ and the purpose of His ministry on this earth. All this is contained in four chapters. I hope that you will go on this journey with me in the next few blog posts as we dive into the book of Ruth. Feel free to comment on what you have learned through this story. May God bless you and teach you as you read through it. Continue reading “Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption”
One of the greatest promises God has given us is adoption to be children of God. For those of us who believe, He has accepted us to be part of His family and heirs of eternal life (more on this next time). He didn’t decide to adopt us because of our love for Him or all the great things that we have done, but because He loved us, because Christ died for us that we may be sons of God. I talked last time about being a sponsor for children and how missionaries go to a strange land and accept children as their own, sharing God’s love. How much more does God love us and accept us as His children. What an awesome thing! Continue reading “God’s Promise: Adoption”