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The Weak of the World

06 Oct

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ruth 4:13-17)

Ruth: a widow, a Moabite, unspectacular in almost every way… And the great-great-great (etc.) grandmother of Jesus.  But why would God chose someone like Ruth to be a part of the genealogy of the Christ? Not only that, but why would her story, and not the stories of every other person in Jesus’ genealogy, be recorded in the Bible?

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

God often uses the lowly in order to more clearly show His power. After all, who would have thought that someone as “un-extraordinary” in appearance (the Bible tells us there was nothing in his appearance to be desired) as Jesus would be form that God would choose to take when He became man? And who would have thought that a cross, which is nothing more than wood, would be the object used to bring salvation to all people? I hate to sound too cheesy, but it is a truth of the Bible that you don’t have to be gorgeous, or the best of the best at everything, or anything else that the World would consider extraordinary in order to be used by God. Ruth was nothing special (though she did have a commendable devotion to her mother-in-law), but God chose to use her to change the lives of trillions throughout the millennia.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Delivered Through Love

 

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