Posted by: New in Every Way | June 6, 2012

Real Insiders & BOOK GIVEAWAY

For a long time I have had a soft spot in my heart for two biblical characters—Rahab and Ruth. They both started out as outsiders to the Jewish nation and faith.

Rahab, a prostitute, hid two Israelite (Jewish) spies when they came to check out Jericho. She made them promise to return the favor by sparing her and all her family when they destroyed Jericho. Why was she so sure her city would fall? She had heard how God had rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and performed many miracles during forty years of wilderness wandering. She fully believed in the God of the Israelites—and was apparently willing to join his followers.

Ruth had married into an Israelite family who had come to Moab to escape a drought back home. When her father-in-law and both his sons died, Ruth chose to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, in her return to Bethlehem. Her reason? She was attached to Naomi and her faith.

Both young pagan women had the courage to make a new life for themselves in an unfamiliar culture. Both of them married Israelites—and the rest is (as the saying goes) history. History? In what way? Well, this geneology says it all:

Rahab married Salmon and they had a son named Boaz.

Ruth married Boaz and they had a son named Obed.

Obed was grandfather to the mighty King David.

All of them were ancestors of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God.

Was it just chance that these foreign women were part of the most distinguished line in Israel’s history? Consider these possibilities: Boaz’ mother was Rahab, a foreigner who was a true believer in God. Was that why Boaz was so kindly disposed to Ruth, another foreigner who had a special quality about her? And how about King David—did his radical allegiance and love for God come partly from his grandma and great-grandma who did not take the God of Israel for granted? They had chosen him. And their choice made them real insiders who affected generations.

. . . we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done. . . .
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands (Psalm 78:4b, 7 NIV).

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments (Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV).

Making It Personal

  • What kind of faith will future generations have because of you? Does that make you important—or what?
  • It has been said that God has no grandchildren—only children. Do you come from a family that does not know God, but you trust in him? If so, you belong to him—more than a friend who grew up in a Christian home but is not personally connected with him.

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