May 26, 2015
The book of Ruth is a “bridge” between the time of the local judges, a time of great spiritual and moral apostasy (1:1), and the coming kingship of Israel. God was looking for a man after his heart to sit on the throne of Israel. By God’s grace, Ruth’s loyalty made her a part of […]
May 17, 2015
Paul stated why we should trust Christ and his finished work. Now he explains why we should not trust religious frauds.
May 12, 2015
Naomi had bigger plans for Ruth and Boaz than just gleaning grain. In this chapter we see not only that Ruth was loyal to Naomi, Boaz was also loyal to Ruth.
May 3, 2015
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
April 28, 2015
In the second chapter, Ruth makes good on her promise to Naomi. She promised to leave everything she had ever known about life in Moab to go to Israel with Naomi (1:16–17). Now she is in Bethlehem, trying to provide for herself and her mother-in-law.
April 14, 2015
Naomi is left alone: no husband, no sons, no land, and no food. She is in Moab, the place of God’s enemies. The quest for food that led her and her family out of Judah, however well-intentioned it seemed at the time, had come to absolutely nothing.
March 31, 2015
The book of Ruth is about loyalty or “kindness.” In this short book, we see over and over loyalty (or a lack of it). The main character of the book of Ruth is God himself, and the book shows God’s loyalty to Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, Elimelech, and the entire nation of Israel!
March 22, 2015
Having thanked God for his work in the Thessalonian believers and addressed their concerns about the Day of the Lord, Paul confronts a problem in the church. He shows himself a model of spiritual diligence (3:1–5) as well as working hard physically (3:6–12), and he encourages the believers to do the same.
March 22, 2015
God does not leave himself without a witness. Those who love and serve him faithfully may be in the minority, but we are not alone. In every age God has a remnant according to the election of grace. Press on in faithfulness, for he who called you is faithful.
March 15, 2015
The second chapter addresses specific questions the Thessalonian believers had for Paul (2:1). These questions involved the timing of Jesus’ second coming and the gathering of believers to be with the Lord. In spite of present persecution and impending evil, Paul encourages the believers with God’s election and calling, and commands them to persevere through […]