The Story Of Ruth Part 1 of 11: Introduction

Ruth 1:1-3
“1 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 Bethlehem Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons.

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The Book of Ruth is only four chapters. But contained within them is a beautiful love story that is a type of our relationship with our Lord Jesus. Though it is a real account of real things that happened to real people in a real place, it contains wonderful lessons for us to learn.

Shavuot.
Our story takes place during Pentecost, or “Shavuot,” the Festival of weeks.  During this time, Jewish people all over the world read through the entire book in their synagogues.
On our calendar, this feast falls in either May or June, the time of barley harvest in Israel. It occurs 50 days–7 weeks plus one day–after the Feast of Passover, hence the name, “Festival of Weeks.” It is called, “Pentecost,” because it is 50 days after Passover.

The Jewish people celebrate the giving of The Law from Mt. Sinai at this time. The Church, however, celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit, which ushered in the New Covenant of Grace. Those are the laws He writes on our hearts!

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The Letter Kills.
At the foot of Mt. Sinai, when God gave the Law, 3,000 people were killed 40 days later. But when the Holy Spirit was given at the top of Mt. Zion, 3,000 people were saved!  This graphically demonstrates that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life!  It’s a perfect illustration of Romans 10:2 which says, “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes”


Ways To Study Ruth.
There are many different ways to study this book. You can learn valuable moral lessons to apply to your own life, which is one of the richest ways to study it. We’ll be covering that in another part of this series.
You can study it dispensationally. For instance, Naomi and Ruth are depictions of Israel and the Church; and you can study it in terms of history. You can also study it in terms of eschatology.  The entire book is a timeline of end-time events.  In other words, of our time.

Moab and Ammon


History.
Historically speaking, the nation of Moab, as well as Ammon, sprang from the incestuous relationship between Lot and his two daughters. They got him drunk one night and lie with him when he didn’t know what he was doing. Both got pregnant and gave birth to sons. One was Moab, the other Ammon. They did it because they foolishly thought there were no more men in the land after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Both of these nations were enemies of Israel in ancient times and remain so, even today. Present-day Moab is modern-day Jordan. Ammon is comprised of present-day Palestinians and Northern Jordanians.

Nations Under God’s Curse.
At the time of our story, these two nations were cursed by God. Deuteronomy 23:3 expressly states, “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever.”


According to this law, no Moabite, like Ruth, could ever enter into the blessings of God. So, how did she come to be included in the genealogy of Jesus?  In this series, we will be studying the reason why.

Please follow the link below to Part 2 where we will continue:

https://emmausroadministries.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/the-story-of-ruth-part-2-the-time-of-the-judges/

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