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Sunday rest and reflection!

March 16th, 2014

Dear Friends,

I pray that you have been blessed this week by the story of Ruth!  It is set in the time of the Judges, and offers hope to all who have ears to hear!

We are so blessed to have a “close relative” in our Lord Jesus Christ!  He was ready and able to pay the price to buy us back from slavery to sin and death!  He placed His covering of blood over us and took us into His household!  He poured abundance of provision into our laps and caused us to sing for joy at God’s grace!  His shoes were removed as He bargained for us outside the city gates on the Cross of Calvary!  The price of redemption was paid in full!

Let’s join together with God’s people and celebrate His redemption!  Christians gather the first day of each week to worship, pray and read His Word!  We gather to encourage each other to love and good deeds, awaiting the coming of our heavenly Bridegroom!  What a joy it will be when we are joined forever in His presence!

In His Love,   Pastor John

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The “close relative” connection!

Scripture reading for March 15th: Ruth 1-4

The story of Ruth is set in the time of Judges between 40-100 years before the time of David (1000 BC).  This simple story unfolds as a famine forces  an Israelite family to leave Israel for Moab.  Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion, stay in Moab.  The husband dies. Both sons marry Moabite girls and they die as well.  Naomi is left bitter, without her sons, and ready to return to her land and people.

Naomi told her daughters-in-law to go back to their own people.  She was too old to have more sons for them to marry.  Orpah went back but  Ruth clung to her mother-in-law and made a beautiful confession of devotion and faith.  (Ruth 1:16-17)  Ruth was ready to follow Naomi and Naomi’s God until death!

Choices have consequences.  In choosing to go to the land of Israel, Ruth, a decendant of Lot, was an alien and would not have had an inheritance.  There was no welfare or jobless benefits so Ruth began to glean fields.  (Deuteronomy 24:19)  She would work as she could to get food for her family.  But God’s divine providence placed Ruth in the field of Boaz, a close relative of Naomi’s.  Boaz was also a descendant of Rahab, the harlot that hid the spies!  Because of her hard work and humble spirit, Ruth’s good reputation became known. (Ruth 2:11-12)  Ruth appealed to him as a “close relative” and he took her as his wife, spreading his covering over her!

Both Ruth and Boaz are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ!  (Matthew 1:5-6)  Jesus Christ is our “kinsman-redeemer”.  Ruth is a type of “Gentile” bride for Jesus.  He is a “close relative” who has bought us back from slavery to sin.  When we humbly appeal to Him in faith, He will surely make cover us and buy us back! When we closely read this beautiful story, we get a glimpse into the heart of God and Jesus Christ!  Thank the Lord for being our “Kinsman-Redeemer”!

“Who are you?” he asked.  “I am your servant Ruth,” she said.  “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.” (Ruth 3:9)

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