Posts from July 2017

Posts from July 2017

July 31, 2017

Introduction: The book of Acts was written to tell the story of how the early church began. It records how the Spirit of God moved in men to change the world and turn everything upside down. It was written by Luke, the same guy who wrote the gospel of Luke. Luke was not around for a great deal of what is talked about, but as Paul’s apprentice and traveling partner he had…

July 28, 2017

Ruth 4: 18-21 At the end of this amazing little book we see that Ruth, Naomi, Boaz, and actually the entire world. Ruth’s dedication, hard work, and faith led her to a man with character integrity, and respect, and from that we see a grandson born named David. As we study more of the Old Testament together we’ll see that this young boy played a major role in what God was…

July 27, 2017

Ruth 4:13-17 Here is why it is so important to be around good people. Naomi is a perfect example of someone who made a lot of negative choices but because she was fortunate enough to be around people who were making good choices, she was blessed as a result. After Ruth was married and pregnant, she brings her mother in law in to be the nurse for her child. Her son, Obed,…

July 26, 2017

Ruth 4:7-12 There is something to be said about a right of passage. The things we do at these ceremonies sometimes can be a little weird, but there is something special about it. At weddings, for a more conservative culture the fact that at every wedding we have the Bride get in a chair, the groom goes up her dress, pulls off the garter (under garments) and throws them at…

July 25, 2017

Ruth 4: 3-6   The conversation between these men is amazing. The way Boaz handles himself in the situation and presents the facts really is so funny. He tells the men that Naomi is planning to sell her land, and as their customer said, it should be redeemed by the family. So the closest in line should buy her land to make sure what God has given the tribes would stay…

July 24, 2017

Ruth 4:1-2 After Boaz sees what Ruth desires, and he too desires her, he begins going about being with her the right way. He starts by going to the “gate” by the temple and courthouse to work out the whole situation with Ruth. He starts the conversation there by calling the man who was supposed to redeem Naomi and Ruth and also ten of the cities respected men and they…

July 21, 2017

3:14-18 Another thing to Boaz’s credit, what he did was not easy. From a strictly instinctual view point, he’s an older guy who has a beautiful, young, and reputable woman throw herself at him and beg him to marry her. He could have. He could have married her and had her as his wife. He clearly cares for her. From the day they met he gave her extra food, and in this…

July 20, 2017

Ruth 3:14-18   Ruth listened to Naomi and did exactly what she said. She wandered into his house after dark. She made her proposal. She woke him up and began begging him to help her. Boaz sees Ruth’s proposal and immediately does the right thing. He doesn’t condemn her, he doesn’t gloat, instead, he humbly thanks her and tells her the way she is going about this is…

July 19, 2017

Ruth 3:1-5   This is where the story tends to get a little confusing. Ruth goes back to  Naomi and Naomi’s advice for her is not the greatest. She tells Ruth to get cleaned up and attractive. Some people will say this is like David after his period of mourning. Yet, this also closely resembles the prostitute in Proverbs who leads men astray. So there are mixed…

July 18, 2017

Ruth 2:1-23   Before we move any further in the story we’ve got to stop and talk about Boaz. We were introduced to Boaz a while earlier in the book and we see him as a very admirable person. He’s got a good business. He’s got a farm. He’s employing a number of people. He brings out lunch for them and he prays with them, praises with them, and shows God to all of…

July 17, 2017

Ruth2:19-23   In these verses, Naomi realizes who it was that showed such great generosity to Ruth. They finally know what we learned verses back that Boaz was actually one of the men legally responsible for helping and aiding Naomi in her struggles.     Redeemers in the Old Testament were close family members who were responsible for doing two things. First,…

July 14, 2017

Friday 2:17-18 She came home that first day with about a 5-gallon bucket’s worth of wheat. It was definitely a lot. It was about two weeks worth of work. A great deal of this came from the two bushels that Boaz left out for her. However, she worked hard. She earned it. Yet, she didn’t treat herself. She didn’t go home with a big old bag full of grain and run into the…
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