"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Ruth Chapter 1

Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then began a sermon using the Chapter 1 of the Book of Ruth with supporting text from Genesis 19: 32-37 and 10-20, Judges 6:1-6, Psalm 42:1-7, Exodus 14:13, and several other scriptures. Elder Cook began by teaching that it is most important when reading the Book of Ruth that we see the entire book as a wonderful picture of grace. It is a picture where Boaz is a model of Christ, our kinsman redeemer, and where Ruth, a Moabite and outsider of Israel, is a model of the church, His wife. Elder Cook taught that life had become extremely difficult in Israel – – due to their own disobedience – – which resulted in both a Midianite invasion and a subsequent famine in Israel. This caused Naomi, her husband and sons to flee Bethlehem and make a difficult and long migration to Moab. It was here that her husband Elimelech died and later her sons both married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Subsequently both of her sons died as well. Even though Naomi had experienced many difficult years in Moab (and the loss of her husband and the loss of both of her sons), Elder Cook emphasized that, nonetheless, the Lord had brought her through it all. Eventually the famine situation in in Israel improved and Naomi decide to return to Bethlehem and thus encouraged her two daughters-in-law to return to their own mothers. Elder Cook emphasized that while all three women wept at the idea of departing, Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye and returned to her people and her gods while the other, Ruth, claved unto Naomi declaring, “thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” Elder Cook also reminded us that the Lord is always there with us, as in Naomi’s case, in both the good times and the bad. He taught that often we simply need to wait on the Lord and trust Him no matter how bad or desperate a situation appears – – we need to just “stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.”

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