Remembering Christmas with Ruth a Foreigner!

3 12 2014

          We were young people when we were attending Bethany Christian Life Centre (then known as Bethany Church) in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.  Pastor Arthur (A.O) Speldwine was preaching a series of messages from the Book of Matthew. He was preaching a message based on each person who was in the genealogy of Chapter 1. What a fascinating series of messages.

Recently I was looking at this chapter again, as it reveals God Story in a nutshell. Sometimes genealogies get to be long and boring, but I saw how important each individual was in God’s Story!

Naomi and her husband, Elimelech had left their home in Bethlehem because there was a famine in the country, and had gone to Moab. But as they are there only for a short period of time, Elimelech dies, leaving Naomi with the responsibility of raising her two sons Mahlon and Kilion in a foreign country, as a single mother.

She raised them to be adults, and they married two women from the country they were living in. But both of them died too! Naomi and her two daughters-in-laws are left widows. Naomi decides to return to her home in Bethlehem and Ruth joins her on the trip, leaving her home, family and country.

What a fascinating story now unfolds in chapters two through four in the Book of Ruth. God blesses Naomi and Ruth in many ways and we find that they are not left destitute and homeless, but Ruth is married to a rich landowner, Boaz, who is also a relative of Naomi’s!

The story goes on to say that Boaz and Ruth are blessed with a little baby boy, Obed, who is the father of Jesse, who is the father of David, who is going to be one of the greatest kings in the history of Israel. But the story does not end there …

As we read the story in Matthew chapter one, we see how David is the ancestor of Jesus and is the Promised Messiah.

So we see, how God planned the Christmas story from the beginning of time, and had a place for a young widow named Ruth, a foreigner from a hated race of people, to be part of the heritage of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

God uses humble people! However poor and lowly we may see ourselves to fulfill God’s tasks, to bring the message of the gospel to the world that is in desperate need of the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Will you and I be the ones, this Christmas season, to bring God’s Good News to ONE other person?

To Read Ruth’s Story as seen through the eyes of Tessa Afshar check here:

http://www.tessaafshar.com/book/in-the-field-of-grace-by-tessa-afshar.htm


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