Thursday, January 20, 2022

Cancel Culture

When is cancel culture going to stop? If you are going to take down statues and monuments from our nation's history, then take down ALL statues and monuments regardless of who they are or what they represent. We shouldn't be making idols anyway.

Enough with the anti everything. Dear Lord what has our nation turned into?

We need to pray that God will intervene in the hearts of all people, especially those that profess Chris as they're Lord and Savior. Christians need to start 'Following in His Steps" instead of being like the world.

It's to the point that you can't read a paper, watch the news, or look at social media because people have let the devil take over in every aspect of life.

May God forgive us and put us back on the straight and narrow!


https://nypost.com/2021/06/23/moving-teddy-roosevelt-is-a-win-for-cancel-crowd-and-a-blow-to-history/

Biblical Sexual Morality

Posting this will no doubt cause controversy with some people. But the fact of the matter is this, Christians have not stood up for what they believe in for way too long. The Holy Bible teaches us right from wrong. Some may say that we must be "PC" because our words might hurt somebody's feelings. No, it is not hurting people's feelings, it points them toward the sin in their lives. It is up to them to turn from that sin and to no longer continue in sin.


Individuals who confront persecution for their religious beliefs should stand up to secular society. With all due regard to your position, you do not have the power to go against the actual Word of God which tells us what is right and what is wrong. The Word of God (the Holy Bible) tells me that God created man and woman in his image. Jesus (God's Son) affirmed that. Those who dare stand against God while here on earth will one day stand before God at some time in the future to face eternal judgment.


#Genesis1:27 #1Corinthians6:9-11 #John3:16 #Romans3:23 #Romans6:23 #beliefsandspirituality #societyandculture


The following link is to an article that I found on www.churchleaders.com.


Thousands of Pastors Preach on Sexuality in Response to Canadian Bill Banning Conversion Therapy (churchleaders.com)


Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Problem of the Prophet

Jonah 1:1 – 4:11

 

The purpose of the book of Jonah is to show the degree of the grace of God, that the message of salvation is for all individuals. This book is not quite the same as the other prophetic books since it recounts the tale of the prophet and does not fixate on his predictions. Indeed, just one verse sums up his message to the individuals of Nineveh (3:4). Jonah is a recorded account. It is additionally referenced by Jesus as an image of his passing and resurrection (Matthew 12:38-42).

Sin runs amuck throughout our society. We can pick up any newspaper and read the numerous stories of murders, child abuse, terrorism, sexual sins (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9), pornography; the world is full of hatred, violence, and evil. Can we not see that God’s judgment is coming? What if God called us to begin preaching about the sin and the judgment to come?

This assignment was given to Jonah. This book is about that story.

 

In chapter one, we see the Protesting Prophet. Fear of God – Scared 1:3.

In chapter two, we have the Praying Prophet. Fear the God – Respect 2:1-9. Jonah now prays from inside the great fish.

In chapter three, the Preaching Prophet emerges. Jonah delivered the message, but Scripture does not state if he gave assistance or encouragement. The people repented; Jonah feared that God would show mercy.

Then in chapter four, the Pouting Prophet shows his face.

 

God calls Jonah to do a job, preach unto the citizens of Nineveh regarding their sin, that they should repent and turn to God or face destruction. Jonah knew of God’s mercy and grace and knew that God had the capacity to heal and forgive, but Jonah hated the Assyrians and wanted vengeance to put upon them. Jonah sinned and ran in the opposite direction from God. How many of us have been given a task from God yet we decided to run from that task?

Jonah makes it to the seaport and hops aboard a ship. A vast storm approaches and the sailors, superstitious as they are, cast lots to determine who the culprit is. The lot falls upon Jonah. The sailors are afraid and ask what is to be done. Jonah tells them to cast him into the sea so that they would be spared. They did just that, and in doing so, they began to believe in God. Jonah was then swallowed by a great fish, and there he remained for three days and nights.

 

The Explanation and Importance of Jonah

 

God's Supremacy

Albeit the prophet attempted to flee from God, but God was in charge. By controlling the turbulent oceans and an extraordinary fish, God showed his outright, yet cherishing direction. Rather than running from God, we should confide in him with our past, present, and future life. Denying God rapidly prompts calamity and tragedy. Saying yes brings a new comprehension of God and his intention on the planet.

 

God's News to all the Earth

God had given Jonah a reason and a motive, to lecture the incomparable Assyrian city of Nineveh. Jonah abhorred Nineveh; thus, he reacted with outrage and impassion. Jonah still could not seem to comprehend that God cherishes all individuals. Through Jonah, God helped Israel to remember their purpose.

We should not restrict our attention to only our own people. God calls his people to announce his adoration in words and activities to the entire world. He wants us to be his ministers at any place that we are at, and at any place that he sends us to.

 

Contrition/Repentance

At the point when the hesitant minister went to Nineveh, there was an incredible reaction. Individuals apologized and went to God. This was a strong reproach to Israel who thought themselves better but would not react to God's message. God will pardon every one of the people who abandon their wrongdoing.

God does not respect those who are playacting or who are impostors. He wants the true commitment of every individual. It is not to the point of sharing the honors of Christianity; we should request that God pardon us and eliminate our transgression. Declining to apologize is equivalent to cherishing our wrongdoing.

 

God's Benevolence/Compassion

God's message of affection and absolution was not for the Jews alone. God cherishes each individual of the world. The Assyrians did not merit it, however, God saved them when they repented. In his benevolence, God did not dismiss Jonah for cutting short his main goal. God has incredible love, tolerance, and pardoning.

God adores every one of us even though when we fall short. In any case, he additionally adores others, including those not of our societal gathering, foundation, race, or category. When we acknowledge his affection, we should likewise learn how to acknowledge those whom he adores. If we love God first and foremost, then it is a lot more straightforward to cherish others.

 

Preservation of God – Blessings (Jonah repented, the city repented).

Presence of God – Jonah wanted to get away.

Sin causes storms into our lives, our family, our church, and our nation.

 

Who are we to judge? Matthew 7:1

Who are we to say that a sinner will or will not respond to God’s message? Joel 2:14

 

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The Pouting Prophet

 Jonah 4:1-11

 

The mercy of God towards the people of Nineveh makes Jonah angry. Jonah delivered the message, but Scripture does not state if he gave assistance or encouragement.

 

Verses 1-4

For what reason did Jonah turn out to be so furious when God saved Nineveh? The Jews would have rather not shared God's message with the Gentile country during Jonah's day, similarly as in Paul's day (1 Thessalonians 2:14-16). They failed to remember their unique reason as a country, to be a gift to the remainder of the world by sharing God's message with different countries (Genesis 22:18). Jonah believed that God ought not to give his salvation to a fiendish barbarian country. However, this is actually how he helps all who come to him today in confidence.

Jonah was furious that God had saved Nineveh. He failed to remember that God had pardoned his own wrongdoing of insubordination and had saved his life. How much better it would have been having he celebrated that the miscreants had repented of their sins and received the atonement (Luke 15:10).

Jonah uncovers the justification behind his hesitance to go to Nineveh (1:3). He did not want the Ninevites pardoned; he wanted them obliterated. Jonah did not comprehend that the God of Israel is additionally the God of the entire world. Is it safe to say that we are astonished when some individuals that we do not expect to go to God? Is it conceivable that our view is about as thin as Jonah's? We should not fail to remember that truly, we do not merit being pardoned by God.

Jonah had run from the responsibility of conveying God's message of obliteration to Nineveh (1:2-3); presently he wanted to die in light of the fact that the annihilation would not occur. How rapidly Jonah showed forgetfulness of God's benevolence toward him when he was in the fish (2:9-10). He was cheerful when God saved him, however furious when Nineveh was saved. However, Jonah was learning an important example about God's benevolence and pardoning. God's absolution was not just for Jonah or for Israel alone, it expands unto all who believe and repent.

Jonah was more worried about his own standing than God's. He realized that assuming that the people repented, none of his alerts to Nineveh would work out. This would humiliate him, despite the fact that it would give greatness to God. Might it be said that we are keener on gaining appreciation and glory for God or for ourselves?

 

Verses 5-11

God had ministered carefully to Jonah, similarly as he did to Nineveh and to Israel, and like he as to us. He might have obliterated Jonah for his resistant resentment, yet above it all, he delicately showed him something new. Assuming we submit to and obey God's Word, he will tenderly lead us. His unforgiving judgment is held for the people who continue in insubordination.

In verse nine, Jonah resented the passing of the plant, yet not over what might have happened to Nineveh. A sizable portion of us have cried at the passing of a pet or when a sentimental item with is broken, yet have we cried over the way that a companion does not know God? Why does it seem that it is so natural to be more thoughtful of our own concerns than to the spiritual requirements of individuals around us?

Once in a while, some individuals wish that judgment and annihilation would happen upon corrupt people whose insidiousness, they think requires quick discipline. In any case, God is more forgiving than we can envision. He has compassion and mercy for those sinners that we want to be judged, and he prepares plans to carry them to himself. What is our mentality toward the people who are particularly evil? Do we want them to be punished? Or then again do we wish that they could encounter God's benevolence and absolution?

God saved the mariners when they prayed for benevolence. God saved Jonah when he had prayed from inside of the fish. God saved the individuals of Nineveh when they had reacted to the preached Word that Jonah delivered. God answers the petitions of the individuals who call upon him. God will forever work his will, and he wants that all people come to him, that they all trust in him, and that all are to be saved. We can be saved if we heed the warnings that God sends to us in his Word. If we respond to God’s Word in obedience, he will be benevolent and merciful, and we will not receive his judgment.

 

The Preaching Prophet

 Jonah 3:1-10

 

Now Jonah fulfills his mission as he preaches at Nineveh.

 

Verses 1-3

Jonah had disregarded God and opposed him, however, God actually showed him sympathy. At the point when we disregard God, he might chastise us, yet he will, in any case, show empathy and pardon us assuming we abandon our wrongdoings.

Jonah fled from God, yet he was allowed a second opportunity to partake in God's work. We might feel that we are excluded from serving God due to some previous mishaps. Nevertheless, serving God is anything but a procured position. Not a solitary one of us fits the bill for the service of God, yet he actually requests that we complete his work. We may yet get another opportunity.

Jonah was to preach just what God told him, a message of destruction to the most impressive city on the planet. This was not the best task, but the individuals who carry God's Word to others ought not let prevalent burdens or feeling of dread toward others direct their words. They are called to preach God's message and his truth, regardless of how disliked it could be.

The Hebrew text sees no difference amongst the city appropriate and the regulatory locale of Nineveh which was around 30 to 60 miles across. The walls of the city were something like eight miles in boundary, obliging a populace of around 175,000 individuals. An incredibly extraordinary city, it required three days to simply stroll through it.

 

Verses 4-9

God's message is for everybody, all of humanity. Notwithstanding the insidiousness of the Ninevite public, they were receptive to God's message, and they repented of their sins right away. In the event that we just basically announce what we know of God, we would be amazed at the number of individuals that will actually listen.

 

Verse 10

The unbelieving individuals of Nineveh accepted Jonah's message and apologized. What a supernatural impact that God's Word had on these malevolent people. Their apology remained as a distinct difference to Israel's hardheadedness. The people of Israel had heard many messages from the prophets, yet they would not atone. The people of Nineveh simply heard God's message once. Jesus said that at Judgment Day, these Ninevites will ascend to censure the Israelites for their inability to apologize (Matthew 12:39-41). It is not our becoming aware of God's Word that satisfies him, yet our reacting loyally to it.

God reacted in leniency by dropping the punishment that he would deliver. God himself said that any country on which he articulated judgment would be saved assuming they atoned (Jeremiah 18:7-8). God pardoned Nineveh similarly as he had excused Jonah. God's reason to mete out judgment is to correct the wrongs that people have committed, not as vengeance. He is dependably prepared to show empathy to anybody ready to look for him and come to him with a repenting heart.

The Praying Prophet

 Jonah 2:1-10

 

Fear the God – Respect 2:1-9

 

At the beginning of chapter 1, we see Jonah as The Protesting Prophet. He did not want to go to Nineveh as directed by God. It is noted in verse three that he “rose up to flee…from the Presence of the Lord.” Jonah had sinned by running from God. However, we can see that although Jonah had sinned, the sailors prayed to God and were spared. Now we come to chapter two where Jonah prays from inside the great fish.

 

Verses 1-7:

This is a petition of thanksgiving, not a supplication for liberation. Jonah was grateful that he had not been drowned. He was conveyed in a most staggering manner and was overpowered that he had gotten away from an unavoidable death. Indeed, even from inside the fish, God heard Jonah’s petition. We can pray no matter where we are at and whenever, and God will hear us. Our wrongdoing is never too incredible nor is our issue ever excessively hard for God to deal with.

Jonah said, "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord" (2:7). We regularly act the same way. When life is working out in an effective way, we will more often than not underestimate God, yet when we lose trust in our life, we then shout out to him. This sort of relationship with God can result in just a conflicting spiritual life. A steady everyday dedication to God advances a strong relationship with him. We are to look to God during both the great and the terrible occasions, and we will have a more grounded spiritual life. (Psalm 18:6; 130:1; 142:3)

 

Verses 8-10:

The individuals who worship false idols are forsaking any expected leniency from the Lord. Any object that we put our devotion in that replaces God is a lying vanity. We mislead ourselves with something that is foolish and empty. We should ensure that nothing assumes God's legitimate position in our lives.

Jonah was clearly not in a situation to make a deal with God. In lieu, he expressed gratitude toward God for saving his life. Our inconveniences should cause us to stick firmly to God, and not try to negotiate a deal to get out of the torment. We can give thanks to him and offer our praise to him for how he has helped us by his mercy and grace, and for loving toward us.

It took a supernatural occurrence of liberation to get Jonah to do as God had told him to do. As a prophet, he was committed to submit to God's Word, however, he had attempted to get away from his obligations. He currently swore to keep his promises (Deuteronomy 23:21; Psalm 50:14). Jonah's story started with a misfortune, yet a more noteworthy misfortune would have occurred assuming God had permitted him to continue to run. When we realize that God wants us to accomplish something, we ought not to run. God may not stop and help us as he did with Jonah.

The Protesting Prophet

 Jonah 1:1-17

 

Fear of God – Scared 1:3

Jonah sinned and ran from God; the sailors were spared and came to God.

 

Verses 1-3

Jonah is referenced in 2 Kings 14:25. He prophesied during the rule of Jeroboam II, the king of Israel from 703-753 B.C. He might have been one of the youthful prophets of the school referenced regarding Elisha's service (2 Kings 2:3).

Jonah was called by God to preach to Nineveh, the main city in Assyria, the rising force of Jonah's day. Within 50 years, Nineveh would turn into the capital of the immense Assyrian Empire. Jonah does not say a lot regarding Nineveh's underhandedness, yet the prophet Nahum gives us more understanding. He says that Nineveh was at real fault for fiendish plots against God (Nahum 1:9), abuse of the vulnerable (Nahum 2:12), savagery in war (Nahum 2:12-13), prostitution, idolatry, and black magic (witchcraft) (Nahum 3:4). God advised Jonah to go to Nineveh, around 500 miles upper east of Israel, to caution of judgment and to announce that there would be benevolence and pardoning assuming that the people of Nineveh would repent.

Nineveh was a strong and underhanded city. Jonah grew up despising the Assyrians and dreading their barbarities. His contempt was so deep that he did not want them to accept God's kindness. Jonah was really apprehensive that the people would actually repent (4:2-3). Jonah's demeanor is illustrative of Israel's hesitance to impart God's affection and leniency to other people, despite the fact that this was their undeniable mission (Genesis 12:3). The Israelites, similar to Jonah, did not want non-Jews (Gentiles) to acquire God's approval.

Jonah was apprehensive. He realized that God had a particular occupation for him to do, however, he would have rather not done it. When God directs us through his Word, some of the time we run in dread, stating that God is asking a lot from us. Dread made Jonah run. In any case, running caused him problems. Eventually, he learned that it is ideal to do what God asks to begin with. Be that as it may, by then he had addressed an exorbitant cost for running. It is far superior to comply from the beginning.

 

Verses 4-7

Prior to their arrival and settling in the Promised Land, the Israelites had lived a nomadic life. They meandered from one spot to another, looking for pastures that were good for their flocks. In spite of the fact that they were not a nautical group, the area along the Mediterranean Sea and the adjoining sea powers of Phoenicia and Philistia permitted a lot of contact with ships and mariners. The ship that Jonah sailed on was presumably a huge exchanging vessel with a deck.

Jonah's noncompliance to God imperiled the existence of the ship’s crew. We have an extraordinary obligation to comply with God's Word in light of the fact that our wrongdoing and defiance will hurt others around us.

While the tempest seethed, Jonah was snoozing soundly in the ship’s hold. Indeed, even as he ran from God, he obviously did not harbor a feeling of remorse. Yet, the shortfall of culpability is not dependably a gauge of whether we are making the wisest decision. Since we can deny reality, we cannot gauge submission by our sentiments. All things considered; we should contrast what we do with God's principles for living.

The ship’s crew cast lots (like drawing straws) to track down the blameworthy individual by depending on their strange superstitious notions to offer them the response. Their framework worked, however simply because God stepped in to tell Jonah that he was unable to run from him.

 

Verses 8-12

You cannot look for God's adoration and run from him simultaneously. Jonah before long understood that regardless of where he went, he was unable to move away from God. However, before Jonah could get back to God, he needed to quit fleeing from him. We ought to ask ourselves, what has God advised us to do? Assuming that we want a greater amount of God's affection and power, we should complete the obligations that he gives us. We cannot say that we really trust in God if we decline to do what he says to do.

Jonah realized that he had rebelled and that the tempest was his shortcoming, however, he said nothing until the ship’s crew cast lots and the part fell on him (1:7). Then, at that point, he was able to give his life to save the mariners (in spite of the fact that he had done likewise for Nineveh). Jonah's disdain for the Assyrians had impacted his point of view.

 

Verses 13-17

By attempting to save Jonah's life, the pagan mariners showed more sympathy than Jonah, for Jonah would have rather not cautioned the individuals of Nineveh of the coming judgment of God. Believers ought to be embarrassed when unbelievers show more concern and empathy than they do. God wants us to be more compassionate about all of humanity, the lost and the saved.

Jonah had resisted God. While he was fleeing, he halted and submitted to God. Then, at that point, the ship’s crew started to revere God since they saw the tempest calm down. God can utilize even our missteps to help other people come to know him. It very well might be agonizing yet conceding our wrongdoings can be a strong guide to the people who do not know God. It is quite peculiar that the agnostic mariners did what the whole country of Israel would not do, implored God, and promised to serve him.

Many have attempted to rationalize this inexplicable event, yet the Bible does not portray it as a fantasy or a legend. We ought not to rationalize this supernatural occurrence as though we could single out which of the wonders in the Bible that we want to accept and which ones we do not. This sort of demeanor permits us to scrutinize any piece of the Bible, making us lose our confidence in it as God's valid and dependable Word. What Jonah experienced, foreshadowed what Christ would go through as a demonstration of his death and resurrection (Matthew 12:39-40).

Monday, December 27, 2021

The Alliance of the Bridegroom

Ruth 4:1-22

 

Boaz knew where to find his relative, at the city entryway. This was the focal point of movement. Nobody could enter or leave the city without going through the city gate. Dealers set up their brief shops close to the entryway, which additionally filled in as a "city hall." Here city authorities accumulated to execute business. Since there was such a lot of movement, it was a decent spot to track down witnesses (4:2) and a fitting spot for Boaz to make his exchange.

Boaz keenly communicated his viewpoint to the family member. In the first place, he presented new data not yet referenced in the story. Elimelech, Naomi's previous spouse, actually had property close by that was presently available to be purchased. As the closest family member, this man had the main right to purchase the land, which he consented to (Leviticus 25:25). However, at that point Boaz said that as per the law, assuming the relative purchased the property he additionally needed to wed the widow (likely on the grounds that Mahlon, Ruth's previous spouse, and Elimelech's child, had acquired the property). At this specification, the relative withdrew.

He would have rather not entangle the inheritance that he was leaving for his own children. He might have expected that assuming he had a child through Ruth, a portion of his bequests would move away from his family to the family of Elimelech. Whatever his explanation, the way was currently clear for Boaz to wed Ruth.

Of the predecessors as a whole (counting Abraham), that they might have named, for what reason did these men refer to Pharez (additionally written as Perez)? The introduction of Perez was an illustration of the levirate practice, by which the sibling or closest male relative of the dead spouse wedded his widow (Genesis 38). Boaz, as the kinsman-redeemer, was following this levirate practice since Ruth's previous spouse had no living siblings (3:1). The relatives of Perez made Judah a noticeable tribe. Boaz, as well as David, and all of the Judean kings were relatives of Perez.

Ruth's adoration for her mother-in-law was known and perceived all through the city. Throughout the whole book of Ruth, her thoughtfulness towards others actually stayed unaltered.

God brought incredible gifts once again from Naomi's misfortune, significantly more prominent endowments than "seven sons," or a wealth of beneficiaries. All through her difficult stretches, Naomi kept on confiding in God. What is more, God in his time favored her incredibly. Indeed, even in our distresses and cataclysm, God can bring extraordinary gifts. We ought to resemble Naomi and not walk out on God when misfortune strikes. We ought not to inquire, "How could God permit this to happen to me?" Instead, we should confide in him. He will be with us even in the tough situations. His assets are limitless, and he is looking for individuals who will confide in him.

To a few, the book of Ruth might be only a pleasant story about a young lady who was lucky in life. In actuality, the occasions recorded in Ruth were essential for God's arrangements for the births of David and of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ. Similarly, as Ruth knew nothing about this bigger reason in her life, we will not have a clue about the full reason and significance of our lives until eternity sets in and we are able to look back and see the big picture, which at this time, only God knows.

We should settle on our decisions based upon the values that God has set. If our life appears to be stuck in a waiting period, or in limbo, pursuing short-sightedness in our moral character and living for short-range joys are bad ways of trying to push forward. Due to Ruth's devoted dutifulness, her life and inheritance were huge despite the fact that she was unable to see the outcomes as a whole. We should live in unwaveringness to God, realizing that the meaning of our lives will stretch out past our lifetime. The heavenly prizes will offset any penance that we might have made in our life.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The Acknowledgment of Boaz

Ruth 3:1-18

 

As widows, Ruth and Naomi could only anticipate troublesome occasions (1:8-9). In any case, when Naomi heard the report about Boaz, her hope for what's to come was reestablished (2:20). As was normal of her character, she considered Ruth first, empowering her to check whether Boaz would assume the liability of being a kinsman-redeemer to her.

A kinsman-redeemer was a family member who elected to assume liability for the more distant family. At the point when a lady's husband had passed on, the Law (Deuteronomy 25:5-10) stated that she could wed a sibling of her dead spouse. Yet, Naomi had no more children. In such a case, the closest relative with the deceased spouse could turn into a kinsman-redeemer and wed the widow. The closest relative did not need to wed the widow. Assuming he decided not to, the following closest relative could have his place. In the event that nobody decided to help the widow, she would most likely live in poverty the remainder of her life, on the grounds that in Israelite culture the inheritance was given to the child or closest male family member, not to the wife. To alleviate these inheritance rules, there were laws for gathering and kinsman-redeemer.

We have a kinsman-redeemer in Jesus Christ, who although he was God, came to earth as a man to save us. By his demise on the cross, he has reclaimed us from transgression and subsequently bought us to be his own people (1 Peter 1:18-19). This ensures our everlasting legacy.

The threshing (or sifting) floor was where the grain was isolated from the gathered wheat. The wheat stalks were squashed, either the hard way by hand or by cattle, and the significant grain (the inward parts) isolated from the useless debris (the external shell). The floor was produced using rock or soil and situated external to the town, typically on a raised site where the breezes would blow away the lighter debris when the squashed wheat was tossed (or winnowed). Boaz went through the night adjacent to the sifting floor for two reasons: to forestall burglary and to wait on his turn to sift grain.

Naomi's recommendation appears to be bizarre, yet she was not proposing a tempting demonstration. In reality, Naomi was training Ruth to act as per Israelite customs and law. It was normal for workers to lie at the feet of their lord and even receive a piece of his covering. By noticing this custom, Ruth would let Boaz know that he could be her kinsman-redeemer, and that he could track down somebody to wed her or wed her himself. It was a family-owned company, not anything to do with romance. Be that as it may, the story later turned out to be wonderfully heartfelt as Ruth and Boaz fostered an unselfish love and profound regard for one another.

As an outsider, Ruth might have believed that Naomi's recommendation was odd. Yet, Ruth heeded the guidance since she realized that Naomi was benevolent, reliable, and had moral trustworthiness. Every one of us knows a parent, a more seasoned companion, or relative who is continually paying special attention to our wellbeing. We ought to pay attention to the counsel of the people who are more experienced and wiser than we are. The experience and knowledge of such an individual can be important. Envision what Ruth's life would have been similar to had she overlooked her relative.

Boaz was an unselfish man. He had a lot to lose by respecting Ruth's solicitation, particularly since their first child would be Naomi's beneficiary, not his. Yet, Boaz looked upon Ruth's upright characteristics and felt honored that she had come to him. This was striking in a culture that viewed ladies, particularly unfamiliar ladies, more as property than as people.

Boaz had a lot to lose and very little to acquire, yet he made the right decision, and God regarded him. How would we react when the decision is between working on something for ourselves or making the right decision? We ought to make the right decision and allow God to deal with the outcomes.

Ruth and Naomi probably accepted that Boaz was their nearest relative. Boaz, as well, should have as of now considered wedding Ruth since his response to her shows that he had been mulling over everything. One man in the city was a nearer relative than Boaz, and this man had the principal right to accept Ruth as his significant other. Assuming he decided not to, then, at that point, Boaz could wed Ruth (3:13).

Naomi said that Boaz would finish with his promise immediately. He clearly had gained notoriety for keeping his promises. He did not rest until his undertaking was finished. Such dependable individuals endure in any age and culture. Do others see us as a person that will do what we say that we will do? Keeping our word and finishing our tasks ought to be high on anybody's list. Building a standing for trustworthiness, in any case, should be done in each step of our walk.

The Activity of Ruth

Ruth 2:1-23

 

In this chapter, we see the activity of Ruth. What did she do when she came to a new land and what was her purpose?

 

She Gleaned

When the barley and wheat were fit to be collected, gatherers were employed out to chop down the stalks and tie them into packs. Israelite law directed that the corners of the fields were not to be reaped. Likewise, any grain that was dropped was to be left for the gleaners, those destitute individuals who gathered it for their food (Leviticus 19:9, 23:22). The reason for this law was to take care of poor people and keep the proprietors from hoarding. This law filled in as a sort of government assistance program in Israel. Since she was a widow without any method for maintaining for herself, Ruth went into the fields to gather the grain.

Ruth made her home in an unfamiliar land. Rather than relying upon Naomi or trusting that favorable luck will occur, she stepped up to the plate. She was not terrified of conceding her need or endeavoring to supply it. When Ruth went out to the fields, God provided for her. During the times that we are waiting for God to move, he might be waiting for us to venture out, in taking the first step, to exhibit exactly how significant our need is.

 

She Tarried

Ruth's undertaking, however modest, tiring, and demeaning, was done steadfastly. What is our disposition when the assignment that we have been performing is not to our actual potential? The job needing to be done might be everything that could be done, or it could be the work that God needs us to do. Or then again as for Ruth's situation, it very well might be a trial of our temperament that can open up new opportunities.

In addition to the fact that Ruth took the initiative to work, she buckled down. There are times when challenging work with little reprieve is our main choice. Boaz saw Ruth's diligent effort. Had she viewed herself as excessively glad or humiliated to work, she would have botched the chance of meeting Boaz, completely changing her, and turning into the precursor of a king and the Messiah.

 

She Fell on Her Face

Outsiders or foreigners were not always heartily invited in Israel, however Boaz readily welcomed Ruth, since she had gained notoriety for giving grace and liberality to other people. Boaz was so dazzled with Ruth that he let her follow straightforwardly behind his harvesters to get the choicest grain that was dropped.

Ruth's previous activities were a report card by which others appraised about her. Her great reputation was her most significant resource. It came because of her persistent effort, her solid moral personage, and her affectability, generosity, and dedication to Naomi. A decent reputation is based upon God-respecting character and generosity toward others.

Ruth's life showed honorable characteristics: she was persevering, cherishing, kind, dedicated, and courageous. These characteristics acquired for her a good reputation, however simply because she showed them reliably in all aspects of her life. Any place Ruth went or whatever she did, her character continued as before.

Our reputation is shaped by individuals who watch us at work, around town, at home, or at church. A good reputation occurs by reliably demonstrating the characteristics that we have confidence in, regardless of the group of individuals or environmental factors that we are in.

 

She Sat, She Ate, She Rose

The characters in the book of Ruth are exemplary instances of good individuals in real life. Boaz went a long way past the plan of the gleaners' law in showing his graciousness and generosity. In addition to the fact that he let Ruth gather in his field, he additionally advised his laborers to let a portion of the grain fall deliberately in her way. Out of his plenitude, he accommodated the poor. How frequently do we go past the acknowledged examples of accommodating those less fortunate? We ought to accomplish more than what is required with regards to helping other people.

 

She Gleaned

Naomi had felt a bit bitter (1:20-21), however her confidence in God was as yet alive, and she praise God for Boaz's graciousness to Ruth. In her distresses, she actually confided in God and recognized God's integrity. We might have a harsh outlook on a circumstance; however, we should never surrender to despair about God's work in our lives. Today is consistently another chance for encountering God's consideration.

 

She Kept Fast

Although Ruth might not have consistently perceived God's direction in her life, he had been with her at all times. She went to gather and coincidentally ended up in the field possessed by Boaz who incidentally turned out to be a direct relation. This was something other than a simple coincident. As we approach our everyday assignments, God is working in our lives in manners that we may not take note of. We should not close the entryway on what God can do. For the Christian, situations do not “just happen” by karma or occurrence. We should have faith that God is coordinating our lives to fulfill his plans.

The Affliction of Naomi

Ruth 1:1-22, key verse 16

 

The book of Ruth shows how God used three people to achieve his purpose. These three people had character and were true to God. It also tells the story of how God’s grace was given during a challenging time. We can see that Naomi used her life as a witness for God and it touch others.

 

Verses 1-3:

The story of Ruth happens at some point during the time of the judges. These were dull days for Israel, when "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6, 21:25). Regardless, during those dim and fiendish occasions, there were still some who followed God. Naomi and Ruth are an excellent image of reliability, fellowship, and responsibility, both to God and to one another.

Moab was the land east of the Dead Sea. It was one of the countries that persecuted Israel during the time of the judges (Judges 3:12). The famine must have been serious in Israel for Elimelech to move his family there. Regardless of whether Israel had effectively crushed Moab, there still would have been strains between them.

 

Verses 4-6:

Cordial relations with the Moabites were dissuaded (Deuteronomy 23:6) yet not illegal since the Moabites lived outside the Promised Land. Getting married to a Canaanite, nonetheless, was against God's law (Deuteronomy 7:1-4). Moabites were not permitted to come to the Tabernacle to worship, since they had not allowed the Israelites to go through their territory during the Exodus from Egypt (Deuteronomy 23:3-4).

 

Verses 7-9:

There was barely anything more terrible than being a widow in the old world. Widows were exploited or overlooked. They were quite often stricken with poverty. God's Law, subsequently, gave that the closest relative of the dead spouse, the requirement of caring for the widow; yet Naomi had no family members in Moab, and she could not say whether any of her family members were as yet alive in Israel.

Indeed, even in her frantic circumstance, Naomi had a magnanimous disposition. Despite the fact that she had chosen to go back to Israel, she urged Ruth and Orpah to remain in Moab and begin their lives once again, despite the fact that this would mean difficulty for herself. Like Naomi, we should think about the necessities of others and not only ourselves. As Naomi found out, when we act unselfishly, others are urged to follow our model.

 

Verses 10-14:

Naomi's remark here alludes to the levirate marriage, the commitment of a dead man's sibling to provide for his widow (Deuteronomy 25:5-10). This law kept the widow from poverty and gave a way to the family name of the dead spouse to proceed.

Naomi, nonetheless, had no other male children for Ruth or Orpah to wed, so she urged them to stay in their country and to remarry. Orpah concurred, which was her right. Yet, Ruth was prepared to surrender the chance of safety and kids to accompany and assist Naomi.

 

Verses 15-18:

Ruth was a Moabitess, yet that did not prevent her from revering the genuine God, nor did it prevent God from approving of her love and piling incredible gifts upon her. The Jews were by all account not the only individuals that God adored. God picked the Jews to be individuals through whom the remainder of the world would come to know him. This was satisfied when Jesus Christ was brought into the world as a Jew. Through him, the entire world can come to know God. Acts 10:35 says that "in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." God acknowledges all who love him. Regardless of race, sex, or ethnicity, God can and does work through all people. Ruth is an ideal illustration of God's fairness.

In spite of the fact that Ruth was from a nation that was frequently loathed by Israel, she was honored due to her unwaveringness. She turned into an extraordinary great-grandmother of King David and an immediate precursor of Jesus. Nobody should feel excluded to serve God in view of race, sex, or national origin. He can utilize each situation to further his Kingdom.

 

Verses 19-22:

Naomi had encountered extreme difficulties. She had left Israel wedded and secure; she returned bereft and poor. Naomi changed her name to communicate the harshness and torment that she felt. Naomi was not dismissing God by straightforwardly communicating her aggravation. In any case, she appears to have neglected to focus on the huge assets that she had in her relationship with Ruth and with God. (Job 6:4; Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5)

At the point when we face unpleasant occasions, God invites our fair petitions, yet we are to be mindful so as not to disregard the adoration, strength, and assets that he gives in our current connections. Furthermore, do not permit harshness and frustration to frazzle us to the positive chances that could enter our lives. (James 4:8)

Since Israel's environment is very moderate, there are two harvest times every year, in the spring and in the fall. The harvest of barley occurred in the spring, and it was during this season of bounty and hope that Ruth and Naomi went back to Bethlehem. Bethlehem was a cultivating local area, and in light of the fact that it was the harvest time, there was a lot of extra grain in the fields.

Bethlehem is around five miles southwest of Jerusalem. The town was encircled by lavish fields and olive forests. Its harvests were bountiful. Naomi and Ruth's re-visitation of Bethlehem was absolutely essential for God's arrangement, for it is here where David was born (1 Samuel 16:1); and, as prophesied by the prophet Micah (Micah 5:2), Jesus Christ would likewise be brought into the world there. This move, at that point, was more than simply advantageous for Ruth and Naomi, it prompted the satisfaction of Scripture.

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