E100: 030 | God's Acceptance

"When both her husband and father-in-law die, Ruth’s world comes apart. Today’s reading, the book of Ruth we see In these tough times her true character is revealed. Ruth cultivated a noble character and then trusted God to bless her as he saw fit, but not only her, generations to come as well." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Ruth 1:1-4:22 | (ESV)

Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?" (Ruth 2:10)
One of my favorite books of the Old Testament is Ruth. The Old Testament is all about God's chosen people: the Israelites. But in the Book of Ruth we read about a Moabite women who God accepts. In Ruth we get a glimpse of God's acceptance extending beyond Israel. A small glimpse into the New Testament, a new covenant, through Christ, open to all peoples, all nations, in all times.

Mark Driscoll, pastor at Mars Hill Church, presented a 6 part series on the Book of Ruth. As part of that presentation they produced a beautiful video of the reading of Ruth. It starts off each of his 6 parts. Watching these videos will take you through the Book of Ruth. Altogether it may take about 15 minutes. You may also want to check out Driscoll's messages on Ruth.

Here is the first video of the 6 part series showing a beautiful dramatized reading of the story of Ruth (Ruth 1:1-1:22).

Watch the remaining five parts of the series: part 2 | part 3 | part 4 | part 5 | part 6

Philip Yancey writes the following about the Book of Ruth.
"You can read this small book in several ways: as a tiny, elegant portrait of life in ancient times or as a record of God's faithfulness to the needy or as an inspiring story of undying friendship. Perhaps the most accurate way to read this story, however, is as a missionary story. God not only accepts Ruth, a member of the despised Moabites, into his family, but also uses her to produce Israel's greatest king. Ruth's great-grandson turns out to be David. To anyone who thought God's love was for Israelites only, Ruth's life makes a striking contradiction."
I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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