Aug 25, 2018

Ruth

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So, I'm reading the book of Ruth, I was wondering if that book is covered anywhere here on the site, for further insight?

Aug 25, 2018

Hi Handfulgaze, I'm reading it too. I believe there's a section in the Names category but I'm not sure he's posted anything yet.

 

I was going to wait till to tomorrow to post my thoughts on it. I was also going to read chapter a week since there's four, so will be a month discussion. I mean if, we need to dissect it that much and for time purposes.

I still learning my way around the site. I remember that part you mentioned remember

Aug 25, 2018Edited: Aug 25, 2018

@handfulgaze yes I know what you mean but I'm glad there's different sections to cover multiple topics. Lol I've even read through all the quotes lol well i mean hoping more haven't been added.

@Pink Lol I noticed the quotes because of a forum discussion haha. The Bulletin on the other hand is easy to access

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Aug 25, 2018

I mean you don't have to do this, I was just sharing what i was thinking of doing.

Aug 25, 2018

Things to consider and study as you all read through.

 

Although the book was written during the age of Law, it is however, filled with an immeasurable redeeming quality of love. For Love is the grace of God and love exceeds the Law.

The book of Ruth is unique in the Scriptures. There are only two books in the canon of Scripture that are named after a woman, Ruth and Esther.

 

Esther, a Jew who married a Gentile.

Ruth, a Gentile who married a Jew.

 

Their contrasts are obvious, however, their similarity is more important, for it surpasses their differences. In their similarity, both women displayed the quality of courage, faith and devotion to the right thing.

 

The love displayed in this book, isn’t the love found in the world. Herein, this love, surpasses

Race,

Past-history,

Social class,

Believes and

Previous circumstances

 

The book was set in the dispensation of Law, by the Law, concerning the acts of Ruth’s ancestors, she was shut out from the blessing of God’s kingdom, but by grace she was brought into the kingdom of God as the recipient of His blessings.

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 25, 2018

Ohhh yes, i remember you did write about Ruth briefly 😊 I remembered cause of what you wrote here :

 

" concerning the acts of Ruth’s ancestors, she was shut out from the blessing of God’s kingdom, but by grace she was brought into the kingdom of God as the recipient of His blessings."

 

I remembered you talked about her being brought into the kingdom of God. And I've wondered why from all the other women the bible talks about, only two have books.

 

Wow and thank you for pointing out all those things about the book of Ruth. I'm really looking forward to this discussion can't wait to share what I've come across. 😄

 

I really like this part you shared:

 

"The love displayed in this book, isn’t the love found in the world. Herein, this love, surpasses

Race,

Past-history,

Social class,

Believes and

Previous circumstances"

Aug 25, 2018

@Pink Thank you, I look forward to when you all complete the study :)

The reason for the "two" will be brought out as well :)

Aug 25, 2018

I would like to say a prayer for our discussions on Ruth.

 

Father,

 

Thank you for everything you provide and do in our lives. I ask that you you help me forgive anyone I have not forgiven and ask that you forgive me. Thank you for the opportunity of fellowship with other believers, please open our hearts and mind to receive your word and truth. Please bless our discussions on the book of Ruth, that it may be a blessing for anyone that reads it. I thank you for PSW and ask that you continue to bless him and your work through this site. In Jesus name. Amen.

Aug 26, 2018

Amen thank you Pink, God you too.

Aug 25, 2018

I am excited to share what I've discovered. I don't understand the meaning or know where it will take us but I look forward to gaining more knowledge as we discuss the book of Ruth. I've read the book of Ruth before and the story is nice almost like a fairytale, but of course this is the word of God and cannot compare it as such. I just imagine this poor young widow loosing everything and yet at the end there is a happy ending.

 

I honestly thought that one chapter per week is a decent amount for the discussion but as I started to read chapter one all these questions started popping in my head. So at least for me, one chapter could take four weeks alone, therefore, I will not place any time constraints on this discussion.

 

Ruth 1:1 Tells us, that the setting was during the time of the Judges, I think it will benefit us reading the book of Judges to understand better the circumstances at that time. Verse one also lets us know that there was a famine. One question I had was:

 

1. Is this only telling us there was a literal famine or does it signify something else to us?

 

Verse 1: still tells us that there was a man from Bethelehemjudah.

 

2. Is this Bethelehem?

 

3. What does Bethelehemjudah mean?

 

And that he went to Moab with his wife and two sons.

 

Ruth 1:2 tells us that this man's name was Elimelech. I wanted to know what his name meant so looked up the name on my Strong concordance and what I found was extremely interesting, maybe PSW can help us understand. I will list all the ones I found and sublisted the ones related.

 

H458 Elimelek from H410 and H4428; God of (the) king; Elimelek an Israelite- Elimelech.

 

4. Does this represent God?

 

H410 el shortened from H352 strength; as adjective mighty, especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity)- God, god, goodly, great, idol, might, mighty one, power, strong.

 

H4428 melek from H4427 a king- king, royal.

 

H4427 malak a primitive root to reign inceptively to ascend the the throne, causatively to induct into royalty; hence (by implication) to take counsel - consult; indeed, be king, make king, set a king, set up king, be queen, make queen, reign, begin to reign, make to reign, reigning, rule, surely.

 

H352 ayil from the same as H193 properly strength; hence anything strong; specifically a chief (politically) also from ram (from his strength); a pilaster (as a strong support); an oak or other strong tree - mighty, mighty man, lintel, oak, post, ram tree.

 

As you can all read these definitions seem to indicate something great about this man, Elimelech.

 

Verse 2: gives us the name of his wife, Naomi and his two sons; Mahlon and Chilion. They are Ephrathites in other words from the tribe of Ephraim the son of Joseph. (Which should be another discussion on its own). My curious mind skipped Naomi but was eager to know what Mahlon and Chilion meant after reading the meaning of Elimelech, but notice the drastic contrast of both of these names to their fathers name.

 

Mahlon:

 

H4248 from H2470; sick Machlon, an Israelite - Mahlon.

 

H2470 hala a primitive root [compare H2342, H2470, H 2490] properly to be rubbed or worn; hence figuratively to be weak, sick, afflicted or causatively to grieve, make sick; also to stroke (in flattering) entreat- beseech diseased, diseased, be diseased, grief, put to grief, be grieved, grievous be grievous, infirmity, intreat, lay to, put to pain, pray, make prayer, be sick, fall sick, make sick, sore, be sorry, make suit, make supplication, woman in travial, be weak, become weak, wounded.

 

Wow!

 

Chilion:

 

H3630: kilyon a form of H3631; Kiljon; an Israelite- Chilion

 

H3631 killayon from H3615; pining destruction- consumption, failing.

 

H3615 kala a primitive root; to end; whether intransitively (to cease, be finished, perish) or transitively (to complete, prepare, consume): accomplish, cease, consume, consume away, determine, destroy, destroy utterly, be done, when.... were done, end, be an end of, expire, fail, cause to fail, faint, finish, fulfill, fully, have, leave, leave off, long bring to pass, wholly reap, make clean riddance, spend, quite take away, waste.

 

5. Do Mahlon and Chilion signify anything in a believers walk?

 

6. Do they represent our condition without Christ; sick and failure?

 

I was so intrigued by the meanings of each name. I know I didn't look up Naomi but it will be something for next discussion. I did look up the meaning of Boaz but I rather wait till we get to it. All this is only from two verses, 😱.

 

Again I'm not sure how this is suppose to work. I just wanted to share what I've found and am eager to read how Ruth chapter one spoke to anyone else.

Aug 26, 2018

You brought up great points.

 

Aug 26, 2018

The names do imply an insight to the story. Yet, we can understand the story or the lesson without knowing the meaning of the names of the people or places, although trying to dig deeper isn’t wrong.

 

Dealing with Elimelech; notice the account of the story started with him as the head of his family, and this is important. As the head of the family, he is responsible for their well-being while being under the guidance of God.

 

His name Elimelech, means “my God is King” If God is your king, then God is your legal protector and your spiritual protector. Meaning He covers you concerning all things physical and all things spiritual.

 

However, within Chapter one, verse one, we are told he (Elimelech) sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

 

The word “sojourn” used here is vital in bringing out an important lesson. Sojourn means – to turn aside from the road. As a believer, we are on a path or a road, representing our daily lives. We ought to stay on this course or road without distraction, or turning aside, despite the condition we are in.

 

Whenever we do that which is wrong as a human, we always have a justification for our action to appease our wrong doing, in hope to escape the guilt.

 

Like Elimelech, if we placed ourselves in his position, by removing his family from Bethlehem-Judah, a place God destined for him and his family; the justification for removing his family will be, well, there was a famine in the land.

 

Such are most Christians today, though we are blessed beyond measure, physically and spiritually, however, when there is a slight deficiency or a lack in our lives, some would depart from the road of faith, to turn aside from the road. Ignoring the fact that God is their King, they sojourn into the world, thereby, removing themselves from his protection and taking to themselves a new king, a king of destruction. Which was evidence in the life of Elimelech, when he left Bethlehem-Judah for Moab.

 

Bethlehem-Judah represents God’s promise of provision. Hence, the name means a city of bread. Whereas Moab represents the world and death. Though there was a famine in the city of bread, however, it is not a justifying reason to leave, if God is your king. So then as Christians today, we are blessed, but there will be times we go through a drought, spiritual drought or the physical lack of life's necessity. Nevertheless, let us stay the course. Let us not turn aside from the road and sojourn in the country of Moab, where the king is not as loving as our God.

 

 

 

 

Amen, so much just from chapter 1! What a blessing we have. I'm thankful to be a part of this assembly.

Aug 26, 2018

Amen, beautiful, I still can't believe this is just two verses. And I agree with what you said here, "The names do imply an insight to the story. Yet, we can understand the story or the lesson without knowing the meaning of the names of the people or places, although trying to dig deeper isn’t wrong."

Very insightful, we should continue this. I'm taking notes, thanks everyone.

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