Today in God’s Word
Ruth 3-4; Acts 28; Jeremiah 38; Psalm 11-12
Today death, tragedy, and heartache has turned into glory and joy and life. I know that because Christ suffered for the ungodly, that suffering in this world is not pointless. I take this to be the point of Romans 5:1-6…
“1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:1–6, ESV)
Here in the story of Naomi and Ruth we see that endurance indeed produced character, which Boaz took note of and this character produced hope…literally. Never have I been so affected by reading a genealogy as today. This woman gave up her life…and she gained it, to all peoples and tribes!
“13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 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 given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22 Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.” (Ruth 4:13–22, ESV)
How wonderful to read this story and to consider not just names that are hard to pronounce but real people with real problems and struggles that God has ordained to raise up another generation along the lineage of our great king and redeemer. May we not trivialize our lives and forget the importance of family lines and the truth of God being handed from generation to generation. Childbearing is something special and child rearing is our glorious duty and privilege.
“15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” (Genesis 3:15, ESV)
“14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.” (1 Timothy 2:14–15, ESV)
Be fruitful and multiply the LORD said…indeed, for we shall be saved by the seed of the woman!
Soli Deo Gloria!