Friday, January 22nd, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 82)
Star Players: Ruth*
All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.
Ruth 2:11 (NASB)
You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich.
Ruth 3:10 (NASB)
As one of two female-titled Bible Books, Ruth is a story loved by Jews and Christians. Within Ruth, God reveals no character flaws. Instead, we see impeccable behavior when circumstances were exceedingly hard. Ruth is one of only four women named in the lineage of Jesus.**
Consider the storyline of Ruth:
1) Lovely Ruth was a native of Moab, an idolatrous and pagan nation, serving many gods in barbaric ways.*** She was not a daughter of Israel.
2) But she married a young man from Judah, after he and his kin fled from famine. They tried to rebuild their lives in Moab. But he, his father and brother all died.
3) Even so, Ruth met the Almighty God. When her mother-in-law left to go home, Ruth pledged her absolute dedication in service to Naomi and her Lord.
4) Once in Bethlehem, Ruth's character shone. She was eminently respectable. Ruth was humble and worked without complaint. She obeyed Naomi without question.
5) Including instructions about Boaz, the gentle and wealthy man she would wed. Ruth's godliness transcended her background--proving that God's stars cannot be predicted.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: What are some acting lessons from Ruth? Maybe love is in obedience. Maybe virtue still carries value. Maybe loyalty will get you noticed. Maybe modesty is endearing. Maybe meekness brings inheritance. Maybe character outshines beauty. Surely God rewards good behavior.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: What should we learn from the life of Ruth? http://www.gotquestions.org/life-Ruth.html
* Thorough article on Ruth: https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/all-women-bible/Ruth
** The Genealogy of Jesus in the Book of Matthew: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat+1%3A1-11&version=NASB
*** Thorough article on Moab: http://www.bible-history.com/biblestudy/moabites.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.