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Remarkable and Resilient: Ruth (Part 2)
Series: Remarkable and Resilient: Ruth
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
“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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