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The Marriage of Ruth and Boaz

No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said, “Come over, friend; sit down here.” And he went over and sat down. Then Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here”; so they sat down. He then said to the next-of-kin, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our kinsman Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it, and say: Buy it in the presence of those sitting here, and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not, tell me, so that I may know; for there is no one prior to you to redeem it, and I come after you.” So he said, “I will redeem it.” Then Boaz said, “The day you acquire the field from the hand of Naomi, you are also acquiring Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead man, to maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance.” At this, the next-of-kin said, “I cannot redeem it for myself without damaging my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one took off a sandal and gave it to the other; this was the manner of attesting in Israel. So when the next-of-kin said to Boaz, “Acquire it for yourself,” he took off his sandal. Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have acquired from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, the wife of Mahlon, to be my wife, to maintain the dead man’s name on his inheritance, in order that the name of the dead may not be cut off from his kindred and from the gate of his native place; today you are witnesses.” Then all the people who were at the gate, along with the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you produce children in Ephrathah and bestow a name in Bethlehem; and, through the children that the Lord will give you by this young woman, may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him.”Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David. Now these are the descendants of Perez: Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron of Ram, Ram of Amminadab, Amminadab of Nahshon, Nahshon of Salmon, Salmon of Boaz, Boaz of Obed, Obed of Jesse, and Jesse of David. (Ruth 4:1-22, NRSV)

So Boaz saw the next of kin and took with him 10 men as witnesses and sat down at the city gate, where men met to talk business and weather. The city gate would be the local McDonalds for coffee… The place where men gathered to discuss the doings of the day.

And Boaz said that Naomi was selling a field and asked if the next of kin wanted to acquire the field, and of course the next of kin did until he heard that a wife came with the field. Becuase now his of spring would not be his, it would be Elimelech’s. So he passed it on to Boaz, and to seal the deal, Boaz removed his shoe and acquired the land and Ruth as his wife.

And when they had consummated the relationship they had a son who is the grandfather of David, and so in the lineage of Jesus.

A foreigner, a stranger is the lineage of Jesus…

How do we care for the other is how we care for Jesus.

 

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Back to School

It is August and for some of us, that means it is time to start preparing to go back to school!

Teachers will be in class rooms if they haven’t been already. Getting things ready for the new students to arrive in the fall.

Parents will go back school shopping with reluctant children.

Kids will not want to go shopping.

But all of the whining and worrying doesn’t stop school from coming. It is kind of like the Grinch, no matter how many trees or presents he takes Christmas still comes. No matter how many times you say you don’t want to go shopping or hide that back to school list, school will still come. You can’t stop it from coming.

 

And really isn’t that how we should all live every day of our lives? School is for learning, and we should never stop learning. The day I don’t learn something is a bad day. I want to keep learning and growing.

This is the attitude we need to have about life and faith. Our faith is never something we graduate from. Confirmation isn’t the end of our learning process or mean we are perfect disciples of Christ. It is never enough, we will never know it all. We are constantly learning and growing in our faith.

So buy some supplies and get ready to dig in and grow in your faith. Crack open your bible and knock the dust off of it and dig into it. We need to seek and learn. Are you ready to learn with me, and to continue to grow as disciples of Jesus?

 

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Epilogue

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13, NRSV)

We need to know that we have eternal life, not because of anything we have done or anything we could do.  We have eternal life because of God sending Jesus to earth to live as one of us and to die for us and show us what love really is.

So know you have eternal life and Jesus gave it to you.

 

 

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Testimony concerning the Son of God

If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:9-12, NRSV)

Everyone who believes in God has His testimony in their hearts. And if you don’t believe in God when He has put His testimony in our hearts. And if you do not have the Son you do not have life.

We get the eternal life through the testimony God has placed in our hearts and life gives us His love. Enough love to share and always have enough.

 

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Testimony concerning the Son of God

This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. (1 John 5:6-8, NRSV)

There are three that testify to Jesus, and one of them is the Spirit and the Spirit is the truth. And these three will always agree.

Jesus is the one who came into the world to save the world, through water and blood.

Jesus is the truth and the Spirit is the truth. And He came to save us all.

 

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Faith Conquers the World

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:1-5, NRSV)

Jesus conquered the world and has allowed us to live in the relationship with God this allows us. And if you live in the love of God you will follow His commandments, and that commandment is to love God and love neighbor. Jesus tells us that the scriptures are summed up in love God and love neighbor. And faith in God is what conquers the world.

So love the God and the world as God loves you.

 

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God is Love

God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. (1 John 4:15-16a, NRSV)

God lives in us when we love one another and confess that Jesus is the Son of God. Some may say that these two things are two completely different things. But I say that you confess that Jesus is God’s Son when you love one another. Because the love we have comes from and comes to us by Jesus coming and living among us and showing us how to live and love each other. You see we get God’s love through Jesus and if we love one another we are proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of God, and if we do not love one another we are confessing we do not believe Jesus is God’s Son.

So is Jesus God’s Son, and do you love one another?

 

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