Join Veteran SGT Steve McFarland for Warriors for Life "Healing Through Faith" Virtual Group Support Community Services each Tuesday evening starting on 12 November 2019
Series Intro - Adventures In Ruth
We are going to spend the next five weeks exploring one of the most beautiful love-stories in the Bible, and we will meet a loyal, faithful and hardworking woman, and a man's-man. We are going back over three-thousand years of Jewish history to the time of the Judges, when that period was recapped with these words; In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)
Ruth is sandwiched between Judges and 1st Samuel, with the period of the Judges as its historical and political background, and along the way, we will look back into the laws, culture and customs that drive this beautiful story. It is far more than just a nice story. It encapsulates God’s dealings with His people down through history and to this day. It is a story of faith, faith in a God who loves and cares for His people, who isn’t content with merely calling out one group of people as His own. The imagery is rich and its historical and theological significance is timeless.
Ruth has been understood to celebrate the following: (a) that a proselyte, even from Moab, can be faithful to the Lord and gain full-membership in Israel; (b) that qualities of loyalty and covenant faithfulness in a foreigner can be a model for Israel’s response to the Lord; (c) that the Lord as Redeemer will restore the exiled family of Israel to its land. In light of the epilogue (4:18-22), however, and assuming a date close to the time of David, the major purpose seems to include showing that David’s kingship is legitimate. The primacy of the tribe of Judah (the father of Perez; 4:12, 18) had already been established in Israel, in spite of Tamar’s strange act of desperation (Genesis 38). Now the primacy of David must be established, even though there is a Moabite in the line. Boaz is the model for a relative who redeems, while Ruth beautifully reflects God’s faithful covenant-love, claiming refuge under the Lord’s wings, and clinging to Naomi. If God has drawn together all of these disparate-strands so carefully to bless the line of David, is that not more reason to affirm David’s initially-fragile claim to the throne?
1) Introduction and Historical background.
2) Going back home.
3) Ruth goes to work.
4) The proposal.
5) Fulfilling a promise.
Do you want to know what a Godly woman looks like? Look at Ruth.
Do you want to know what a Godly leader, a man's-man, looks like? Look at Boaz.
Warriors for Life Healing Through Faith – Tuesday, 12 November 2019 at 4:30 PM PT, 5:30 PM MT, 6:30 PM CT, and 7:30 PM ET
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