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The Alliance of the Bridegroom

Ruth 4:1-22   Boaz knew where to find his relative, at the city entryway. This was the focal point of movement. Nobody could enter or leave the city without going through the city gate. Dealers set up their brief shops close to the entryway, which additionally filled in as a "city hall." Here city authorities accumulated to execute business. Since there was such a lot of movement, it was a decent spot to track down witnesses (4:2) and a fitting spot for Boaz to make his exchange. Boaz keenly communicated his viewpoint to the family member. In the first place, he presented new data not yet referenced in the story. Elimelech, Naomi's previous spouse, actually had property close by that was presently available to be purchased. As the closest family member, this man had the main right to purchase the land, which he consented to (Leviticus 25:25). However, at that point Boaz said that as per the law, assuming the relative purchased the property he additionally needed to

The Acknowledgment of Boaz

Ruth 3:1-18   As widows, Ruth and Naomi could only anticipate troublesome occasions (1:8-9). In any case, when Naomi heard the report about Boaz, her hope for what's to come was reestablished (2:20). As was normal of her character, she considered Ruth first, empowering her to check whether Boaz would assume the liability of being a kinsman-redeemer to her. A kinsman-redeemer was a family member who elected to assume liability for the more distant family. At the point when a lady's husband had passed on, the Law (Deuteronomy 25:5-10) stated that she could wed a sibling of her dead spouse. Yet, Naomi had no more children. In such a case, the closest relative with the deceased spouse could turn into a kinsman-redeemer and wed the widow. The closest relative did not need to wed the widow. Assuming he decided not to, the following closest relative could have his place. In the event that nobody decided to help the widow, she would most likely live in poverty the remainder of

The Activity of Ruth

Ruth 2:1-23   In this chapter, we see the activity of Ruth. What did she do when she came to a new land and what was her purpose?   She Gleaned When the barley and wheat were fit to be collected, gatherers were employed out to chop down the stalks and tie them into packs. Israelite law directed that the corners of the fields were not to be reaped. Likewise, any grain that was dropped was to be left for the gleaners, those destitute individuals who gathered it for their food (Leviticus 19:9, 23:22). The reason for this law was to take care of poor people and keep the proprietors from hoarding. This law filled in as a sort of government assistance program in Israel. Since she was a widow without any method for maintaining for herself, Ruth went into the fields to gather the grain. Ruth made her home in an unfamiliar land. Rather than relying upon Naomi or trusting that favorable luck will occur, she stepped up to the plate. She was not terrified of conceding her need or ende

The Affliction of Naomi

Ruth 1:1-22, (16)   The book of Ruth shows how God used three people to achieve his purpose. These three people had character and were true to God. It also tells the story of how God’s grace was given during a challenging time. We can see that Naomi used her life as a witness for God and it touch others.   Verses 1-3: The story of Ruth happens at some point during the time of the judges. These were dull days for Israel, when "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6, 21:25). Regardless, during those dim and fiendish occasions, there were still some who followed God. Naomi and Ruth are an excellent image of reliability, fellowship, and responsibility, both to God and to one another. Moab was the land east of the Dead Sea. It was one of the countries that persecuted Israel during the time of the judges (Judges 3:12). The famine must have been serious in Israel for Elimelech to move his family there. Regardless of whether Israel had effectiv

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The Punishing Rod Part 3

Habakkuk 3:1-13 Here Habakkuk’s prayer is like a psalm in which he is asking for God to remember mercy in his wrath as he revives his works. Habakkuk offers praise for the past deliverances of God when he brought salvation to his people and the wicked received judgment. Habakkuk gives his profession of faith. He trembled at what he heard but he still expressed his faith in God. And although trouble would come, he would still rejoice in the Lord’s provided strength. This is faith glorying in assurance. Habakkuk’s Prayer: 3:1-13 Habakkuk commended God for addressing his inquiries. The evil will not continually win; God is in charge, and he can be totally trusted to justify the individuals who are dedicated to him. We should discreetly sit tight for him to act (3:16). Habakkuk realized that God planned to discipline Judah and that it was not going to be a charming encounter. In any case, he acknowledged God's will, requesting help and kindness. Habakkuk did not request to ge

The Punishing Rod Part 2

Habakkuk 1:12 – 2:20 Now the prophet asks a second question. How can God allow such a godless nation to be allowed to bring judgment upon His children? Granted Judah has been wicked, but how can God use another wicked nation to punish them? Although this is hard to understand, Habakkuk waits on the Lord.   Second question: 1:12-17 Judah's impending discipline would be on account of the Babylonians. Habakkuk was dismayed that God would utilize a country more insidious than Judah for Judah's discipline. However, the Babylonians did not realize that God was utilizing them to assist Judah with getting back to him, and Babylon's pride in its triumphs would be its downfall. Evil is pointless, and it is never outside God's ability to control. God might utilize whatever surprising instrument that he decides to address or rebuff us. When we merit correction or discipline, how can we or why do we grumble and complain about what type of " ROD " God utilizes on

A Study of the Book of Habakkuk - The Punishing Rod Part 1

Habakkuk 1:1-11 Part One At the point when Habakkuk was disturbed, he brought his interests straightforwardly to God. In the wake of accepting God's responses, he then, at that point, reacted with a supplication of faith. Habakkuk's model is one that ought to support us as we battle to move from uncertainty to faith. We do not need to be hesitant to pose inquiries of God. The issue is not with God's methodologies; however, it is with our restricted comprehension of him.   This is faith grappling with a problem. First question: 1:1-4 Habakkuk lived in Judah during the rule of Jehoiakim (2 Kings 23:36-24:5). He had prophesied between the fall of Nineveh (the capital of Assyria) in 612 B.C. and Judah’s invasion in 589 B.C. With Assyria in confusion, Babylon was turning into the predominant politically influential nation. This book records the exchange with God concerning the inquiries, "For what reason does God regularly appear to be apathetic with the evil t

Questions Answered from the Bible

Praises to the Lord! My new book is finally available on Amazon. Although I may not have the opportunity to be in a physical church pulpit somewhere, I guess that you could say that the Lord is utilizing the internet and the written book to be the pulpit that I must serve in. God does not ask for our ability but our availability. He will give us the tools that we will need in order to serve him when and where he chooses. Questions Answered from the Bible: Volume 1 - Kindle edition by Swanson, Rev. Chris. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Chris Swanson - Author, I am working on another sermon book and I pray that it will be available by the summer of 2022.

Silent Night

Sadly the young pastor strolled through the snow-covered slopes above the village of Oberndof, Austria. In a few days, it would be Christmas Eve, but Josef Mohr knew there would be no music in his church to herald the great event. The new organ had broken down. Pausing, Pastor Mohr gazed at the scattered lights in the village below. The sight of the peaceful town huddled warmly in the foothills, stirred his imagination. Surely it was on such a clear and quiet night as this that hosts of angels sang out the glorious news that the Savior had been born. The young cleric sighed heavily as he thought, "If only we here in Oberndof could celebrate the birth of Jesus with glorious music like the shepherds heard on that wonderful night!" Standing there, his mind filled with visions of the first Christmas, Josef Mohr suddenly became aware that the disappointment was fading from his heart; in its place surged a great joy. Vividly, he saw the manger, carved from a mountainside; he saw Ma


The composer was in despair. Struggling to earn a living in London, he knew days when he could not afford to buy meals. One night in 1741, depressed and defeated, he wandered the lonely streets; it was almost dawn when he returned to his shabby room. On a table was a thick envelope. It was from Charles Jennens, the man who wrote his librettos. Examining the pages, he found them covered with Scripture texts. Wearily, he tossed the pages aside and crawled into bed. But he could not sleep. The words he had read returned to him: Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, saith your God...The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light...For unto us a Child is born...Glory to God in the highest...Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Too stirred to sleep, he got up and went to his piano. The music flowed from his heart - rich, majestic, triumphant. He began to write. Night and day for three weeks, he wrote feverishly. He forgot sleep, food, and rest. He refused to see anyone. At last, on the day the w