Archive for March 24, 2007

Spring Reading Challenge   8 comments

I am joining Ellen in the reading challenge over at Callapidder Days here is my reading list

Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss 

Real Christianity by William Wilberforce

Total Forgiveness by R T Kendall

Aunt Dimity Goes West by Nancy Atherton 

Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Sisters Grimm Book 4 by Michael Buckley and Peter Ferguson

Miss Julia Strikes Back by Ann B Ross

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

And anything else that my favorite authors come out with!

Posted March 24, 2007 by Lana G! in Books, Challenge, Friends, Reading, Spring

Ruth – Part 2 – “…and she happened to come…   5 comments

Studying the book of Ruth has become a new obsession.  I never in my wildest dreams thought that a few verses on the geneology of Jesus mentioned in Matthew 1 would turn into such a remarkable journey.  God’s Word is incredible and I want to “glean” as much as I can from it, which is a nice segue into today’s topic. The book of Ruth, though short, is packed with “kernels” of wisdom (I just can’t help myself!) 

Chapter 2 of Ruth is a turning point in the lives of Ruth and Naomi.  It is like spring breaking forth after a bleak winter.  But, you have to be very observant.  The turning point to this story is not in the part of the chapter you think it is.  It is right there in verse 1!  The author throws in a fact that Naomi in all her despair had completely blocked out of her mind by bitterness and despair.  “Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.”  (emphasis mine) Solution found!  Thanks for coming! End of story! But no, that is just the teaser.  Getting to the solution is the best part of this story and boy am I glad the author shares all the details.

 Some of you may not know what I am talking about.  What solution?  The solution is mentioned in a comment by my sister Ellen on my post on Ruth Part 1 and one I will be posting on soon!  But, I digress.  Let’s continue!

Ruth and Naomi have come back from Moab and are now living in Bethlehem. They are widows who now have to provide for themselves.  Ruth is no slackard.  She has initiative and she makes a bold move in verse 2. 

“‘Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.’ And she said to her, ‘Go, my daughter.'”

Gleaning was a provision in the law of Moses put in place to provide for the poor – a kind of welfare system.  Leviticus 23:22 “And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

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Posted March 24, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Bible Study, Faith, Geneology, God