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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/5/2013


Tuesday, February 05, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/5/2013

HOW ABOUT A LOVE STORY?

Ruth 1:1-22
AN EXAMPLE OF A STEADFAST LIFE, Lesson 1a

There are many stories in the Bible that serve as an encouragement to our hearts. The story of Ruth is no exception. Many look at this little book, which was written during the time of the judges, and see nothing more than a love story. However, while there is a love story of sorts in this book, that is the most shallow interpretation. The bigger picture is that of a lost sinner who, through divine guidance and providence, is brought into a relationship with Jehovah and is made to be an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are taught in this book that God is not just the Savior of Israel, but that He is the Savior of the entire human race!

I wish there was time to teach this entire book, but there isn't. What I would like to do is to look into the verses we will read and pull out a little snapshot of the heart of this woman named Ruth. In these verses, and throughout this book as well, we see in Ruth a tremendous example of a steadfast life. She teaches us about remaining faithful even when others around us do not. As we have time, let's look into these verses and examine this “Example Of A Steadfast Life”.

V. 1-7 RUTH'S CONDITION

V. 4 Her Ancestry - Ruth was a member of a condemned nation. She and her people were sinful and had been judged and condemned by the Lord. Hers was a desperate and lost condition.

In this, Ruth is a picture of each of person who is outside of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We were helpless and condemned before God. That condemnation fell upon us because of the sin of Adam, (Rom. 5:12), and we were all abiding under the wrath of God, (John 3:36). The fact is, we were nothing but lost and undone sinners, (Rom. 3:23).

V. 5 Her Adversity - This verse tells us that Ruth's husband and his brother both have died. These young women are left widows with no means of support and with no hope for the future. They faced a terrible trial. It seemed that there only hope was to return to the home of their father and hope another man would eventually marry them.

Again, in her condition, we can see a picture of humanity. The Bible tells us that life will be filled with troubles and afflictions, (Job 14:1). This is especially true in the lives of the lost, (Pro. 13:15).

V. 6-7 Her Ambition – Naomi, the mother-in-law, has heard that the famine that caused her family to leave Bethlehem to begin with has ended, and that there is bread in the land. So, she rises up to go home, and her two daughter-in-laws rise up to go with her.

This is purely conjecture, but it seems that Ruth and Orpah had seen or heard something from the lives of the backslidden Israelites that spoke to their hearts. It may be that even while they were in a condemned land that they continued to speak of Jehovah. Maybe it is the fact that these girls have married into an Israelite family. Whatever the case, it is worthy to note that both of these young women, in the beginning, made the decision to follow Naomi back to Israel.

That is precisely how the new life begins! A conscious decision is made to leave the old life behind and to go with Jesus into a new life in Him. I wonder, have you made that decision in your life? That is the starting point. That is where new life begins. We must be sure that we have indeed decided to follow Jesus.

TODAY’S VERSE!

Luke 1:42 (New King James Version (NKJV)
42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Boundless Love” By: Dennis Loewen ((1980) and arranged by Pam Stephenson (1993)

Boundless love, unending joy.
This is my life, it’s what I know.
And I can’t believe that He selected me,
Jesus, my Lord, it’s You I owe.
He keeps me when I’m weary.
He can hear me when I pray.
He’s even there beside me when I fall.
His love surrounds me even when I go astray.
I guess I’d have to say that He’s my all.

Boundless love, unending joy.
This is my life, it’s what I know.
And I can’t believe that He selected me,
Jesus, my Lord, it’s You I owe.
When my world falls all around me
I call upon His name.
Just in time He takes me by the hand.
Whose ways are perfect just like His Son who bore my shame.
I don’t even have to understand.

Boundless love, unending joy.
This is my life, it’s what I know.
And I can’t believe that He selected me,
Jesus, my Lord, it’s You I owe.
Boundless grace, because of Calvary
His life He gave, His love outpoured.
I now can live, with Him eternally,
Jesus, my Lord, it’s You I owe.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, God of Salvation, Sanctuary, Seasons, Service, Speech, and Spirituality! Show us how to have a heart of love for You and Your ways. Help us to be pleasing always in Your sight. Teach us how to love not just with words, but with all our hearts, souls, and might. Enable our actions to be evidence of our obedience and faithfulness, and manifestation of Your Word, Your Spirit and Your glory living in us. We thank You for loving us at all times even when we are not so lovable. We thank for loving us so much that You gave us Jesus, Your Beloved Son, to be a propitiation for our sins. Help us to live, think and do all things just like our Savior to Your Holy praise, glory and honor. These things we pray in His glorious name. Amen!

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Ps: Today, I am 76 years old; my blood pressure is 128/73; I’m doing 10 to 12 miles four days a week; and am enjoying sharing this ministry and fellowship with each and every one of YOU! Thank YOU and PRAISE GOD! Vic.


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ANHELIC 2/5/2013 11:47PM

    Happy Birthday Vic. May God grant you many more years of sharing wonderful lessons. God bless you. Ruth has been one of my favorite chapters. Thank you for the goodie.

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NADINEL 2/5/2013 10:02PM

    Happy Birthday, Vic! God has blessed you with years to exalt Him!

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MNABOY 2/5/2013 8:23PM

    Look forward to your words from the Bible daily

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JOANIE69 2/5/2013 9:02AM

    emoticon While we know that all Scripture is profitable, I am encouraged when in this line you say: we will 'examine this “Example Of A Steadfast Life”.' This is exciting for us because that it is exactly what we need...to create (in God's will) and steadfastly maintain always, a healthy lifestyle in body, mind and spirit.

emoticon to a great Bible teacher, and many blessings for you and yours in the year ahead.

Comment edited on: 2/5/2013 9:04:18 AM

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RSSSLHB 2/5/2013 8:44AM

    Happy Birthday Vic

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TONYVAND1 2/5/2013 8:44AM

  Happy Birthday and I look forward to your insights on the book of Ruth. Have a great day.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/5/2013 8:08AM

    Happy Birthday, Vic! Great B/P and cardio stats for ANY age. That's a testimony in itself. Ah, Ruth... So enjoy this story with a happy ending! Thank you for the added spiritual insight in this lesson.

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EDITOR 2/5/2013 7:06AM

    Thank you for the goodie yesterday, Vic.

Someday we women will learn what it is like to be a widow, to depend on the kindness of others, and to trust God as our husbandman. We may not marry again because youth is against us, but we will know with a surety that God never fails the widow.

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

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AZMOMXTWO 2/5/2013 6:52AM

  thank you

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