Posted by: whereintheworldismike | April 9, 2016

God’s Unchanging Agenda 19 of 32

Today’s offering takes yet another focal quirk. My wife and I must read constantly to keep current with culture and God’s Word for our work. We are often discovering wonderfully insightful books that weigh in heavily on relevance of the Church in the world we find ourselves in. Here is a quote from Carolyn Custis James, a Christian authoress, who reveals great insight into God’s Word in her book The Gospel of Ruth. Here is an early quote from the book:

“The real breakthrough in my thinking came when I discovered that the Bible has a lot to say on the subject of God’s goodness to women. In fact, this ancient book treats the subject openly and with surprising candor. Suddenly I had my finger on a biblical text where God’s love comes under fire within the context of women’s lives. Remarkably, he not only affirms his love for his daughters in radical and earthshaking ways, he does so within a patriarchal culture that unapologetically relegated women to second-class status. What is more, against that backdrop, God casts a vision of breathtaking proportions for how his kingdom is moving forward through the efforts of women — ordinary women like most of us. I found the good news (gospel) I was looking for in the Old Testament book of Ruth.”
James, Carolyn Custis (2009-08-30). The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules (p. 26). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Today’s meditation on God’s Unchanging Agenda comes from the Book of Ruth. Hold onto your hat and fasten your seatbelt, please.

Suffice it to say that modern biblical scholars have found that the Book of Ruth contains a lot more in it than the two passages we often like to use at Christian weddings when we’re talking about loyalty and romantic love.

Here’s the morning devotion we will use for global interns in NE Japan later this year:

SCRIPTURE Ruth 1:16; 2:1-13; 3:11; 4:13-15 Several modern scholars have started referring to the Book of Ruth as “The Female Job.” The story is told from the perspective of Naomi whose losses mirror those of Job. Her clinging to God amidst devastating pain and anguish mirrors Job. Consider these questions.

 

REFLECT When we go through difficult circumstances or experience great loss, why do we question God?

 

REFLECT How can we let our pain and losses push us to God rather than pull us away?

 


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