THE GRACIOUSNESS OF GRACE

Bible In One Year-Day 103 (Sunday, April 13, 2014)

Commentary: Ruth1-4. When we concluded the book of Judges, we saw the chaos amongst the Israelites. Israel was in serious trouble with heaven and earth. Imagine a land that was predicted to be flowing with milk and honey, now faced with serious drought and famine. This famine was what made Elimelech from Bethlehem in Judah, the husband of Naomi, to leave for the land of Moab with his two sons. Moab is a descendant of Lot, Genesis 19:37 “And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.”

This Israelite, Elimelech, unfortunately died. The sons took their wives among the Moabites women, Orpah and Ruth. The death of these two sons left three widows behind. When the famine subsided, Naomi decided to return to her hometown, Bethlehem. She summoned her daughters-in-law and briefed them of her decision. The young ladies were to, conclusively, go back to their fathers’ houses. Though they were reluctant, Orpah returned while Ruth was adamant on following Naomi. When you stick to the right people, you will get the correct, true, pure and direct connection. Ruth declared that she had made up her mind to make Israel her people and their God her God. By this, she became born again, i.e. born of water (identified with the Israelites) and of the Spirit (making the God of Israel her God and abandoning her idolatrous heritage). She had the privilege to have a place in the lineage of King David and our Lord Jesus Christ. Ruth was a model of faithfulness, loyalty, dedication, hardwork and honesty. These virtues impressed Boaz greatly that he made Ruth comfortable with his household. Boaz knew he was not the right person to have Ruth by tradition. In chapter4, we could see the trick he played on the right person just for him to decline Ruth. There is a trait we could notice in these lineage; Tricky attitude. His ancestor, Perez was a twin born to Judah by Tamar through tricks. Perez also came to the world through trick; Genesis 38:29 “And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez (Perez).”

Another trait is sexual indiscipline. This was more evident in the life of Solomon. Boaz eventually married Ruth to the delight of Naomi. The beginning was sorrowful but the end of the book ended well with the birth of Obed, the grandfather of King David. The book of Ruth is not about the Judges, law or the prophets but about how an accursed, condemned and rejected (Moab) was graciously accepted into the lineage of our Lord Jesus Christ; Deuteronomy 23:3 “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:”

When you remove sin from the Holy Bible, there is no more Bible and the nature of the devil is removed. At the same time when you remove grace from the Holy Bible, you have succeeded in removing the mercy and the nature of God. The purpose of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is to destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

You need Christ’s grace, which is the Holy Spirit, to overcome the power of sin in the flesh and usher you into the kingdom fold.

John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

John 3:5 “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”

BE BORN AGAIN. Next reading is the book of 1 Samuel1-3. Keep the fire burning and alive. JESUS CHRIST IS ALIVE.

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