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The Accepting Christ
Vs 10 "Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife.."
The book of Ruth opens with a statement that the events took place in the days when judges ruled the land. There was a famine in Bethlehem. So Elimelech decided to take his wife Naomi and two sons, Kilion and Mahlon into the country of Moab. Their two sons married while they were in Moab. Tragically, Naomi lost her husband and two sons. After living in Moab for ten years, Naomi decided to move back to Bethlehem. Her daughter-in-law Ruth, (a Moabite woman) decided to come with Naomi to Bethlehem. This was a very difficult decision for Ruth, but she wanted to follow Naomi and her God of Israel. While in Judah, God worked out a plan for a man named Boaz to take Ruth as his wife. They had a custom in those days that a relative of a man who dies should marry that man’s widow in order to keep his lineage (Deuteronomy 25:5-6). According to God’s plan, it turned out that Boaz was a relative to Ruth’s husband who passed away; so he was qualified to marry her and keep his lineage. Even in the midst of tragedy, in Naomi and Ruth’s life, God still had a plan for them. As we read the story of Ruth, we can learn the following very important lessons from this story.
GOD DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE Even though, Ruth was a Moabite woman, God loves all people just the same.
EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT IN GOD’S EYES We are all one in God’s eyes. He cares about men and women all the same. Ruth was a poor widow and she was living in a foreign land away from her family. But God saw her as important and His plan for her life to be a part of the lineage of Jesus.
AMAZING PLAN OF GOD God planned events such as famine, Naomi’s relocation to Moab, their return back to Bethlehem, Boaz’s bloodline and many other events to make Ruth be a part of His plan. God does the same things in our lives also today.
GOD IS THE REDEEMER, WHO CAN RESCUE US FROM OUR SIN
We are all sinners. We are all like Naomi. She lost everything and returned to Judah. Our sinful nature make us empty and desperate. But Jesus is willing to redeem us. He wants to rescue us from our sin. All we have to do is to call on Him and ask for His forgiveness.
Almighty Lord, please help us to stay with our decisions and accept you as our Redeemer.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Our God is an amazing God and everyone is important in God’s eyes.
T. A. Mathew, Trinity Mar Thoma Church, Houston, Texas Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of