每日诗歌: 耶和華的心 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMEzwFDCfT0)
Ruth 1 [Read]
Ruth 2 [Read]
Ruth 3 [Read]
Ruth 4 [Read]
Luke 11:29-54 [Read]
After a journey through the book of Judges, we can sure use some fresh air to lighten our heart now. Ruth is just the right book for that. The people of God had sunk to a historical low level in morality and faithfulness in the period of Judges, and the Promised Land had been defiled greatly by its new residents. In the mean time, there were very few words spoken by the LORD. Had he given up on his people? This might have been the same question disciples asked secretly on the Sabbath after the crucifixion of Jesus. Darkness had fallen unto the chosen ones.
But just as the resurrection broke through the horrible darkness, the book of Ruth breathed new life into the history of Israel. God did not give up on his people after all, and he was moving his plan forward all along. The most unthinkable thing was that his salvation plan actually went through a Moabite woman, a Gentile. That ought to make God’s people blush, but that was how God worked “for the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom” (1 Cor 1:25).
Though the book of Ruth is short, there is no single perspective can really capture the richness of its spiritual content. Even for the same person, he can have different perspective depending on what he is going through at that point in life. That’s the beauty of Bible reading, for it’s truly a living book. To me, the verse that grabbed hold of my heart this time was 3:18: “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happened. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today”. Indeed, the kinsmen redeemer of Ruth would not rest until he had accomplished his plan. In the same way, our kinsmen redeemer, Jesus Christ our Lord, will not rest until he has achieved his will in us.
May you receive special encouragement through reading the book of Ruth. If you are tired or depressed or confused about your spiritual journey right now, just remember that our Lord simply will not rest until his will is done in you. Amen.
Keep on reading,