Today’s chapter is a scene from the script of the greatest play ever written. Made for movie, it’d have my vote for making the world’s best chick flick…
READ RUTH 3 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Unlike some, I can re-watch movies time and again. I have several easy-watching “chick flicks” that I can watch without requiring brain-power, just to wind down. But like a Shakespearean play, there can be several things in today’s story that can be missed when it’s left in writing.
In that culture, for example, Naomi could be selfish and keep Ruth as her life-long servant. [v1] Ruth could have ditched Naomi and ran after the young men [v10], as soon as she was accepted into the community.[a] Boaz could have taken sexual advantage of Ruth’s presence on the threshing floor. She was clearly out of place there that night [v14], and everyone would have blamed her, if she cried “rape”. Instead Boaz shows integrity [v11-13] and protects both Ruth and Naomi, by starting a union with them both in the proper way before God.
So today’s chapter has several layers of information that may be missed while it’s not performed as a play or filmed as a Hollywood love story. Written 3,000+ years ago, the Book of Ruth is one that both men and woman today can learn from.While the layer of a love story is clear, it seems that the theme for world’s best chick flick is that love isn’t self-seeking. Everyone in the story is watching out for the next person.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to speak directly to the Creator of Love? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I praise You, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because Your mercy extends to those who fear You, from generation to generation! [Luke 1:50 ]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Eritrea[c]
Your Country Leader’s role in World Affairs
Yourself: Spiritual Insight
Your concerns for today
Let Your ear be attentive, Father God, and Your eyes open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying before You day and night for Your servant and for Your global people. [Nehemiah 1:6a]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
For the sake of Your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. [Psalm 25:11]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Thank-You Lord, that Your gracious hand is on everyone who looks to You, but Your great anger is against all who forsake You. [Ezra 8:22]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[d] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future
Each one should use whatever gift you’ve been given to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace as it comes in its various forms. [1 Peter 4:10]
[a] Ruth 2:11 & 3:11
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31