Sunday, March 11th, 2012
Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus (Part 3)
Woe to you, Moab!
Numbers 21:29 (NKJV)
From the scandalous pregnancy of Lot's firstborn daughter came Moab: 'the father of the Moabites to this day' (Genesis 19:37). Since that ill-fated beginning, the people of Moab were at enmity with the children of Israel.
Ruth, the third-named woman in Jesus' bloodline, was a Moabitess.
The back story: Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi, a Jew from Bethlehem. Naomi, along with her husband and two sons, moved to Moab during a famine in Judah. While there, both sons married Moab women; then all three men died.
When Naomi decided to move back home, she encouraged her daughters-in-law to return to their own families in Moab to look for new husbands and start new lives. One left, but Ruth begged to go with Naomi.
'For wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God' (Ruth 1:16).
What was wrong with Ruth? According to law, Israelites were not to associate with the inhabitants of Moab. They were a foreign culture--even a detestable one. Living among Moabites may have been wrong for Naomi's family, but bringing one home to Judah in her family--even worse.
What was right with Ruth? She was brave, faithful, obedient, resourceful, and she loved her mother-in-law. She learned to love the Lord of Hosts as well.
Today, the entertainment industry is a foreign culture, but we must not denounce its citizens. Some of them have royal blood in their veins, and they are waiting to meet a person like Naomi, whose love and example will bring them home to God.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Royal Women: The Genealogy Of Jesus series.