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Ruth 4:13-17 ** So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife, and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative, and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for; your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him”.  Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi (heir to Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus)”. And they called his name Obed; He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

These verses end the Book of Ruth that links the chain of ancestry leading to the Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus. As the grandmother of David (Matthew 1-5), this link connected the Lord of the nations, for Christ Jesus had the blood of the nations in his veins by bringing a poor Moabite (Arab) woman into His bloodline history. How awesome is the working of our Creator who methodically, slowly, and perfectly draws all nations toward His everlasting Kingdom!  Ruth remains a noble individual of great integrity although being poor, hungry and needy. Her life mirrors the image of the present day where more than one billion people go to bed hungry each night and people continue to disobey the words of life (the Bible). The world disobeys the Creator with His wonderful words of life by acting in their own self interest, by selecting only the parts of His words which they like, which are convenient or none at all. Increasing disobedience and respect rapidly leads to the wide road with the lying Devil as leader. Hate and lack of the wonderful words of love throughout the Bible is why we are suffering today.

1 Corinthians 16:22 ** If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. “O Lord, come”!  ** And again, the half brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, James in 2: 8-10, says “If you really fulfill the royal law (Ten commandments) according to the scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”, you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

The last part of verse 22 Paul asked the Lord to come to intervene before mankind totally destroys all life which our Lord has created.  After verse 20, Paul stopped dictating his letter to his amanuensis (secretary) and wrote a strong message to the nations. Yet he closed in verse 24 with the message of our Creators love for human existence beyond this brief visit of every soul on this earth. When the Messiah does return, all surviving mankind will then be transformed into a spirit being with the mind and body just as Christ Jesus walked after His resurrection.  James reminds us all survivors will not commit sin by transgressing our Creator’s Royal Law written in stone on Mount Sinai. Survivors will keep God’s Royal Law forever (Deuteronomy 5:29).  The ceremonial laws written by man (Moses) separated the Israelites from the surrounding wickedness in Canaan were finally abolished when Christ broke down the wall on the cross. However, the moral principles which were written in stone by God still apply today (Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:11-12, Matthew 5:1-20).

Even in a crowd of tens, hundreds, and/or thousands, most people try to fit in but within are alone, for the God of this world (Satan – 2 Corinthians 4:4), from creation continue to blind most of mankind into darkness, misery, pain and suffering until the soon second coming of the Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus. Then the glorious light of our Creator will shine bringing punishing death to those that hate Him by disobedience of His word or everlasting life to those that love Him by keeping His commandments (John 14:15 and literally 100’s of times throughout the Bible).

The book of Ruth dramatically illustrates the beauty of overcoming the grim prospects of being alone with physical hunger and hard useless labor. Yet her loving heart redeemed her in following the wisdom of our God’s Hebrew Law which provides food for His children (Leviticus 19:9-10). From the beginning, as Ruth tearfully clung to her Hebrew mother-in-law, Naomi on the dusty road to Judah, she would never be left alone. Of course, she had great concern on fitting in with a different God, a different people and a different culture.

Of the four women listed in the Bible genealogy of Christ Jesus, Ruth is the most touching and beautiful novella. A story of rags to riches developed soon after arrival in Bethlehem. Anguish and loss soon changed the name Mara (bitterness); Naomi had renamed herself back to Naomi which means pleasant. Naomi’s knowledge of men and the loving kindness and obedience of Ruth to follow her instructions quickly led to joy. The wise instructions on how to propose marriage to a rich man were followed in perfection. Since Boaz loved Ruth at first sight as she first gleamed barley from his field. Further instruction to cover his feet with his blanket after a full stomach and lie under the blanket as he slept is a proposal for marriage. The marriage quickly developed and the former misery of sorrow and anguish turned to happiness and joy.

The story of Ruth illustrates how we also can redeem ourselves with a humble and contrite spirit. When we surrender ourselves to our Creator and Master of the universe, we also have the opportunity to develop peace and joy beyond understanding. The Messiah, Y’shua Christ Jesus said, “”And behold, I am coming quickly, and MY reward is with ME, to give to every one according to his work. Blessed are those who do His commandments that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city (Jerusalem, city of God)”.  (Revelation 22:12 & 14)

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