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Wednesday, January 23 2013
Ruth: Building The House Of Israel
The people of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, "Palestine," and others, have a direct claim to the Messiah as being one of their own, not merely because salvation is open to everyone, everywhere, who repents and accepts the true Messiah, but also because the nation from which the Messiah was born as a human was created from their nations. Abraham was an Iraqi (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan). The mothers of the Israelite patriarchs, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah, were Syrian, of Iraqi ancestry (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and The Syrian Tongue Of Jesus). The Israelite patriarchs Ephraim and Manasseh, were born of an Egyptian mother (see Jacob's Blessing Of Ephraim And Manasseh). The first Jews had Canaanite ("Palestinian") mothers (see Who Were The First Jews?). So too, from the people of what is today the Kingdom of Jordan, came Ruth. The House of Israel was a structure that was populated by a family that represented the humanity that chose to enter and live there. In effect, all people contributed to the ancestry of the Messiah, from Whom all people may be saved (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
The story of Ruth begins in the time after the Israelites had settled in the land of Canaan. The Israelites had remained faithful to the LORD during the lifetime of Joshua (see Joshua: Crossing The Jordan). When Joshua and the pioneer generation passed away, the Israelites entered a relatively lawless time, ironically known as the Judges, in which "every man did what was right in his own eyes" (see Judges: Right In Their Own Eyes). In the latter part of that two or three centuries of Israel's adolescent-minded "wild west" phase (i.e. the tribes west of the Jordan River; see also Why East And West Manasseh?), a famine occurred in the land of Israel, across the Jordan River from Moab. A man from Bethlehem, in Judah, Elimelech, took his wife, Naomi, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion, and moved beyond the Jordan (see also Beyond Jordan) into the land of Moab (where, as it happens, Moses is buried i.e. "34:5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 34:6 And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day" Deuteronomy 34:5-6 KJV).
"1:1 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 Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 1:2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there." (Ruth 1:1-2 KJV)
Elimelech died in Moab, leaving Naomi as a widow. Her two sons married Moabite women, but when the two sons also died, the family was reduced to three childless widows.
"1:3 And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons. 1:4 And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years. 1:5 And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband." (Ruth 1:3-5 KJV)
When Noami heard that the LORD had ended the famine in Judah, and/or provided them with food until they had crops again ("the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread"), Naomi decided to return there. Naomi was going home, but her two daughters in law were already in their own homeland, Moab, so Naomi urged them to remain there and move back with their parents (or their widowed mothers i.e. "Go, return each to her mother's house"). Orpah chose to remain out of Israel, while Ruth chose to make it home.
"1:6 Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread. 1:7 Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah." (Ruth 1:6-7 KJV)
By means of the LORD's Will, Ruth was directed to marry Boaz of Bethlehem. Notice the welcome that the "foreign" woman, Ruth, was given (Rachel and Leah were the Syrian mothers of the people of Israel, while Tamar was one of the Canaanite mothers of the people of Judah): "The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel" and "let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman." They understood that, like spiritual Israel (i.e. the coming Kingdom of God), physical Israel was a house made possible by the gathering of family from all nations - by means of whom the Messianic line was created and nourished.
"4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem: 4:12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the LORD shall give thee of this young woman.
The Chapters Of The Book Of Ruth
Fact Finder: What threshing floor did King David, Ruth's descendant, purchase in Jerusalem?
This Day In History, January 23
393: Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaimed his eight year old son Honorius as co-emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
971: In China, the military elephant corps of the Southern Han were defeated at Shao by long-range crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops.
1264: The Mise of Amiens, an agreement arranged by Louis IX of France between Henry III of England and his barons. It invalidated the Provisions of Oxford.
1265: The first Parliament of England convened.
1492: The Pentateuch (i.e. the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) was first printed.
1516: Spanish King Ferdinand II died. While he and his wife Queen Isabella are most famous for employing the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (who "discovered" the Caribbean islands; see a map of all of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Ferdinand, also known as "Ferdinand the Catholic," was the perpetrator of the infamous Spanish Inquisition in which tens of thousands of non-Catholic people were tortured and executed. Thousands were burned alive at the stake, while others were tortured with "waterboarding" in an attempt to brutalize them, by near-drowning, into forsaking the genuine method of baptism, by immersion (the exact same torture used by the CIA around the world today, despite, at the end of the Second World War, the U.S. having executed Japanese military officers for the "war crime" of torturing prisoners by the very same waterboarding).
1556: Over 800,000 people died in an earthquake in China. It remains the most deadly earthquake on record.
1570: James Stewart, the Earl of Moray, who was appointed Regent of Scotland on the abdication of Mary Queen of Scots, was assassinated.
1579: The Dutch Republic was formed with the signing of the Union of Utrecht.
1622: William Baffin died at age 38. The British explorer's calculation of longitude at sea by using observations of the moon's position was the first documented. Canada's Baffin Island is named after him.
1631: The Treaty of Barwalde between France and Sweden in which Louis XIII consented to pay Gustavus II Aldolphus a million livres per year to continue to fight the Habsburgs in the Thirty Years War.
1668: The military Alliance of The Hague, also known as the Triple Alliance, was signed by Britain, Sweden and Holland.
1719: The Principality of Liechtenstein was formed within The Holy Roman Empire by the amalgamation of Vaduz and Schellenberg.
1793: Prussia (a German kingdom in northern Europe located in what is today northern Germany and northern Poland) and Russia declared the second partition of Poland.
1806: William Pitt, the Younger, died at age 47. As Prime Minister, he led Britain during the Napoleonic Wars against France. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was named after his father, William Pitt, the Elder (neither father nor son were revolutionaries in the New England colonies that were built by English pioneers in the wilderness).
1812: The great New Madrid earthquake struck in Missouri. It registered 7.8 on the Richter Scale.
1831: The Lower Canada Assembly ("Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec) voted to extend legal rights to Jews.
1870: In Montana, U.S. cavalrymen slaughtered 173 Native Americans, mostly unarmed women and children, in what became known as the Marias Massacre.
1900: In the second Boer War, the British attempted to break through the Boer lines to relieve Ladysmith but were thwarted at the Battle of Spion Kop.
1920: The Dutch refused to extradite German Kaiser Wilhelm II after he went into exile after the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1943: During the Second World War, Tripoli, Libya was captured by British and Canadian forces under Field Marshal Montgomery.
1950: George Orwell (actual name Eric Blair) died at age 46. The British novelist was the author of Animal Farm (that dealt with the hypocrisy of revolutionaries who end up becoming the very same sort of people that they rebelled against) and Nineteen Eighty Four (a futuristic warning about "Big Brother" government).
1968: North Korea captured the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo. The crew was released later that year, but the ship remains in North Korea to this day.
1973: Richard Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).
2006: Stephen Harper was elected Prime Minister of Canada.