July 28, Reading 1 – Ruth 3, 4

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SAA Notes

Besides being a love story with some unusual, humorous and romantic twists, Ruth is a book that brings us down to earth where spiritual things is concerned. Ruth’s salvation is part and parcel of the redemption of the land! Our salvation is part and parcel of the redemption of the earth! We are saved in order to LIVE on the earth life to the full! John 10:10.

SJA Notes

“And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, ‘A son has been born to Naomi.’ They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.”

Here is the build-up and conclusion to this wonderful story of hope na dlove.

Ruth and Boaz are bound up in marriage, and Naomi (who named herself Mara previously) now nurses her grandson in her lap.

We see this son of hope born, and the writer makes it very clear just what that hope was about.

Obed -> Jesse -> David.

The king would come!

How blessed are we to know the true King of kings, Jesus the Son of God, who was around long before David and was born on earth a long while after. He is the one to whom David gave glory and worship and submission.

Praise God for our King Jesus, in whom all our hope rests and finds its weight and worth in.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God Above,

Here we read of Ruth finding a life and love with Boaz, of Naomi who said You had dealt bitterly with her now nursing a little one.

What a story Lord God, we thank You and praise You for how You work in our lives. Thank You for bringing joy to Naomi, for the line that brought David who points us to the better king, You God the Son.

Please help us to point people to Jesus today. Please help us to grow more and more like Him.

Please break open the hearts of those around us Lord God.

Amen.

July 27, Reading 1 – Ruth 2

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SAA Notes

Boaz is one of Ruth’s kinsmen-redeemers. This was a precious relationship that the Lord made sure was clearly understood by Israel. As Boaz is to Ruth, so Jesus is to us. He is our kinsman-redeemer. It is His right and privilege to redeem His own!

SJA Notes

“The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

While Israel is still without a king, people doing what is right in their own eyes, Ruth is a story of hope. Wonderful hope.

You can see with Naomi’s words in verse 22 and Boaz’s in verse 9 that even in the Israelite communities at this time it was a dangerous place.

However – Boaz is a man who loves the Lord, and knows the Lord.

“… Under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

In Psalm 91 verse 4 we read,

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;”

And in Psalm 61 verse 4 we read,

“Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings!”

If we think about the command to teach the next generation of the Lord and what He has done, we can see that Boaz has been taught about the Lord.

Psalm 91 is generally attributed to Moses as writer. So at least one or two hundred years previously Moses was teaching the next generation to take refuge in the shelter of God’s wings.

And Psalm 61 was written by David.

David was Boaz’s great-grandson. It is very possible that young David sat on his great-grandmother’s knee and heard her sing or recite in memory-verse these wonderful truths. His great-grandmother Ruth, who heard it from her soon-to-be-husband Boaz.

Truths which were passed down from Moses generations before, Moses who knew God face-to-face, whom God spoke with and passed on His word.

This! This is what we are about. Seeking God’s face. Living out the reality of taking shelter in His wings, like a chook with her chicks. We are to teach our little ones, the next generation, these truths.

Deuteronomy chapter 11 verse 19 clearly details what we are to do with God’s words,

“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Amen!

* God Above,

Thank You for Boaz, who teaches us of the refuge we are to take in You, in the shelter of Your wings.

Thank You that You are our rock and our defender, our ever-present help in trouble.

Lord God, please write Your word on our hearts today. Please teach us what You would have us know today. Please Lord God, please save those around us, bring them to a saving knowledge of Jesus, You God the Son, as King and Saviour.

Amen.

July 26, Reading 1 – Ruth 1

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This is the story of God’s grace. Someone of Moabite descent was not given citizenship even after 10 generations. Deuteronomy 23:3 David is the fourth generation descendant of a Moabite! What is impossible for man, is possible for God! There are many lessons you can learn from this narrative.

SJA Notes

Our religion is empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is HE who saves, HE who works in some salvation and rejects others.

Here we have a mixed family. Israelite parents and sons, married to Moabite women.

Marrying outside of Israel! How many issues have cropped up so far because people made broken decisions (right in their own eyes) about inter-marriage.

And yet.

We can glean that the house of Elimelech served the Lord (think Joshua’s words, “As for me and my house…”). The Moabite gods did not have a place in their household (Naomi tells us as much in v15).

And we see that God has chosen one and not the other.

Orpah chose to return to Moab, and I’d say her heart was never broken before the Lord (she chose false religion, Moabite gods).

But Ruth! Ruth has a strong clear faith in the Lord. We have these wonderful words, “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

It’s wonderful to see God’s promises fulfilled here, blessing to many nations (same as with Rahab earlier).

Praise God for His choosing! For Ruth is a part of the line of David, all the way through to Jesus. A Moabite woman, a gentile, grafted into the vine!

Hallelujah!