The events recorded in the Book of Ruth were not coincidental or happenstance. God’s providence was at work in the lives of its characters not only for the good of their family but for the entire family of God. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn how God used the Moabitess, Ruth, to continue unfolding His purpose for the ages.
Despite the relief of finally reaching home, Naomi could not have appeared more pitiful than when she walked through the gates of Bethlehem after ten years in Moab. This broken, bitter, and regretful woman returned to the only place where she might find hope and a new beginning. Little did she nor her daughter-in-law, Ruth, know what was in store. Behind the curtain, God was about to write a chapter in their lives; a story of redemption. The means God used to rescue them, He also used to redeem bankrupt man. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we continue our series Bread In Bethlehem by talking about The Love That Lifts Us.
Had you been walking down a dusty road somewhere between Moab and Bethlehem one day more than three thousand years ago, you might have seen three women standing along the way weeping and embracing one another. What you would not have known is that decisions were being made at that moment that had eternal implications. They did not even realize it. One of those decisions changed the world forever. As we continue our series “Bread In Bethlehem” from the Book of Ruth, we learn about the Decisions That Destine Us.
The book of Ruth illustrates the long-reaching effects of our decisions, both good and bad. When famine struck the village of Bethlehem Judah, Elimelech moved his family to the wicked, pagan country of Moab. His choice set in motion a decade of sickness, sorrow, and death. In part 2 of the series “Bread In Bethlehem”, we are warned about the Choices That Condemn Us to suffering and regret.
Life brings suffering and sorrow even for the people of God. It is the dark days of our lives that challenge and put our faith to the test. When fleshly circumstances appear to conflict with spiritual values, the Christian must make difficult decisions that have consequences. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we begin a series in the beloved Book of Ruth. We begin by learning about the family of Elimelech and the famine that tested them.