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Timeline of Truth: Ruth Returns from Gleaning, and Naomi Responds (Ruth 2:18-23)

Monday, October 21st, 2019

When Naomi sees the amount of grain Ruth brings home, she is amazed. When Ruth informs her who the owner of the field is that Ruth has been gleaning in, she is elated. Naomi instructs her 20-something daughter-in-law to follow the directions of Boaz for her protection and maximum provision, and possibly has other, longer-term ideas in mind. Naomi begins to see the work of God amid her sufferings as He acts through the loyal, loving efforts of Ruth.

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Timeline of Truth: Boaz Rewards Ruth’s Choices (Ruth 2:4-17)

Sunday, October 13th, 2019

Ruth has hit the ground running, seeking to glean after the harvesters as allowed by the Law in order to provide for her mother-in-law and herself. God providentially brings her to the field of Boaz. Boaz, a righteous man in a very ungodly time, takes steps to protect and provide for her while she gleans. God rewards Ruth for her obedience and sacrifice through this righteous man in the midst of her very hard work. God teaches us eight lessons of righteous conduct from both Boaz and Ruth.

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Timeline of Truth: Ruth Seeks to Provide, and God Works Out the Details (Ruth 2:1-3)

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

As the widowed daughter-in-law who committed herself to her widowed mother-in-law, Ruth takes the initiative to provide. She seeks and receives Naomi’s approval to go and glean in the fields, as the Law provided for the poor and stranger. Ruth’s righteous choices are aided by God’s working in the background long before.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Enters Bethlehem (with Ruth) Greeted but Grieving (Ruth 1:19-22)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Naomi arrives home, to Bethlehem, with Ruth. She is recognized, and her arrival causes quite a commotion. Being called by her name (which means “pleasant” or “lovely”), Naomi bursts out in grief, instructing people to call her Mara (“bitter”) instead, because of the terrible things that have happened to her. Key in Naomi’s response is that she recognizes that God is in control of all circumstances – bad and good. By acknowledging God’s hand in tragedy, she also acknowledges her belief and hope in God to bring her good.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Seeks a Better Future for Her Daughters-in-Law (Ruth 1:8-18)

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Naomi displays her loving care for her daughters-in-law, even in the aftermath of terrible circumstances and at the cost of her own personal provision and her only remaining loving relationships. She attempts to send Orpah and Ruth back to their own families. Orpah heads for home. Ruth selflessly commits herself to Naomi. God uses Ruth in profound ways God wants us to make significant, permanent, often costly life choices for Him.

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Makes Difficult Decisions (Ruth 1:5-7)

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Naomi is required to make wise decisions. Having experienced the death of her husband and then the death of her sons, Naomi is left without provision and without protection. We trace the process of Naomi’s decision, and learn the importance of making godly decisions, and following through on those decisions.

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Timeline of Truth: Tragedy, Added to Adversity, Added to Apostasy (Ruth 1:1-5)

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

The Book of Ruth begins with a very poor scenario. Those highlighted in this book find themselves in a country that is driven by apostasy, having departed from God, and thus, truth and righteousness. Added to that, the country is suffering from a widespread famine, which impacts its inhabitants. On top of these difficulties, the key family suffers the personal tragedy of multiple deaths of loved ones. Life is full of troubles, but God is always sin control.

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Timeline of Truth: Introduction to the Book of Ruth

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

We’re off and running! We have recommenced our Timeline of Truth with the next chronological book – the Book of Ruth. In this introductory lesson, we discuss who might have written the book, the timing of the writing of the book, and the timing of the events of the book. Additionally, we review the key theme of Ruth, other key purposes of Ruth, and, with help from Dr. Thomas Constable’s notes, highly four revelations, three values, and three major lessons found in Ruth. We end with 20 questions that we will seek to answer throughout our study of Ruth. You can be righteous and pure in evil times!

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 21:1-25) – Part 3: Rash Decisions

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Israel attempts to repair the damage of their sin rather than to repent of their sin. They ignore what God has revealed and continue to do what is right in their own eyes. What results is further carnage: murder, kidnapping, and rape. The weak lose when sin wins, and all in the name of “doing what is right.” We cannot fix what disobedience breaks with more disobedience.

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Timeline of Truth: The Horrific Loss of Doing What Is Right in One’s Own Eyes (Judges 19:29-20:48) – Part 2: Ruthless Violence

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Very dark days continue in Israel. We are taken from a display of rampant immorality to civil war and ruthless violence. Man’s ideas do not lead to God’s results. The Levite whose concubine is ravaged (to which he was an accomplice, having offered her in his stead) takes his now dead wife and dismembers her into 12 parts, and sends these parts to the 12 tribes of Israel. The horrified tribes assemble to find out the nature of this gruesome message. The Levite misrepresents the account to eliminate his own guilt, and in the process initiates what turns out to be a civil war. The 11 tribes seek to bring justice, and many die on both sides. God often allows great pain and death to bring us to our senses. The 11 tribes go beyond justice and ruthlessly destroy the tribe of Benjamin. Our revenge will not deal with offenses in a godly, just way, and it will only cause greater damage.

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