Remarkable and Resilient: Ruth (Part 2) by Carol McLeod

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Remarkable and Resilient: Ruth (Part 2)
Series: Remarkable and Resilient: Ruth
Carol McLeod

Teaching Notes:

As I read the broad, comprehensive Biblical story of God at work in the world, I am entirely impressed. 

         God speaking creation into being

         God laying the foundations of the world

         Saving a people out of a brutal slave existence

         God destroying the earth with the flood

I am impressed, but feel left out! 

         My ordinary, unimpressive life makes me feel like an outsider

The great names to the plot of God can be intimidating

         Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Noah

Surely there is no way that I can have a significant part

         in such an epic production.

The story of Ruth is proof to the contrary

When we turn the pages of our Bibles to Ruth …

         She was not born into the faith but embraced it after


She is the inconsequential outsider whose life turns out to

         be essential for the telling of God’s complete story.

A little nobody from nowhere …  married into a foreign family,

         lost her first husband to an early death,

Moved with her mother-in-law to sacrifice her own

         happiness for that of someone else’s.

She is irreplaceable to the telling of God’s story …

         and so are you. 

We count … everyone one of us counts …

         and what we do counts in His grand scheme of history.

Ruth Chapter 2 …

Two Mosaic Laws are enacted upon in this chapter

         Seem very strange to us!  Nothing like them in our culture

I thought that I would introduce these 2 Mosaic laws before we

         Dig into the chapter so that when we get there you understand

Gleaning …

“When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor farther the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 23:22


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