Friday, February 3, 2017

A Love Story

                        A Love Story

                                         Ruth 1:1-2
Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Beth–lehem–judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Beth–lehem–judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

The story of Ruth is an exciting adventure during a most difficult time in history, “when the judges ruled.” It was the worst of times because, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” During this time in history, we come to the little book called Ruth, a true historical account of God using the most difficult of times to show He is never idle. Ruth is a picture of the helpless, and hopeless sinner, separated from God and doomed to eternal death. The story of Ruth is not only a picture of God’s amazing grace but of God’s redeeming love for unworthy sinners.

As the story begins, the curtain is lifted just enough for us to see the beautiful picture God is revealing to us of His redeeming love. Not all the actors in this small book even realize the impact their lives will play in God’s wonderful plan. Ruth, the Moabites is a member of a race that began in an incestuous relationship (Genesis 19) under the curse of God (Deuteronomy 23:3-6). His plan was to take Ruth from in the lowest conditions of life to the highest honor ever, the lineage of Christ.  This story has only one outstanding message–––REDEMPTION!

As you read this delightful story of redeeming love, prepare your heart to grasp the wonderful picture of salvation through Ruth’s life. If you will cast yourself upon His redeeming grace, and believe in His finished work on the cross for you––––that is REDEEMING LOVE.

Lord, thank You for Your perfect and gracious love to redeem a sinner like me.

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