Ruth – Revealing Our Redeemer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ruth 4:14-15a:
-14: And the woman {Ruth} said unto Naomi {her mother-in-law}, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman {redeemer} that his name may be famous in Israel.
-15a: And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: . . .

Although the Book of Ruth contains only four chapters, a wealth of knowledge and understanding is inlaid throughout regarding redemption. The word “kinsman” means the next of kin who has the right of redemption. Ruth, a Gentile, had a husband who was from Israel, and when her husband died, Ruth was released (because of the laws and customs of that day) from any inheritance or possessions or any legal rights that her husband had in Israel.

She was told by Naomi to return back to her home and to her gods, but Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee {Naomi was returning back home to Bethlehem}, for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God;” (Ruth 1:16). This is the statement that made Ruth a great woman, a virtuous woman (Ruth 3:11), and Boaz said of her: “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust (Ruth 2:12).

What a wonderful statement for man of God to say to a Gentile, and Gentiles were at that time considered unclean and vile.

To the question “who can find a virtuous woman?”, Boaz found one in Ruth,* who learned to have great trust in God. She had the qualities of a virtuous woman which can be read in Proverbs 31:10-31.

Boaz first needed to redeem her former husband’s inheritance back, which he did, then he would be free to marry her; this would give her the redemption of the eternal inheritance that the hope of all Israel had in and for the Redeemer. The Redeemer would be famous in Israel and be the restorer of life ─ eternal life!

The son of Ruth and Boaz was in the direct bloodline of King David (Ruth 4:21-22), and David was in the direct line of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ. Without Ruth and her faith, trust, and confidence in God we would not have a Savior!

Ruth had such an important and intricate part in the coming of Christ that she not only got her name recorded in the royal (kingly) lineage of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5), she was the only woman besides Mary to be mentioned in the genealogies of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.

In Matthew 1:16 we read: “And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.” There is a huge error in translation here, because the word “husband” in the Greek Text is the word father. Mary’s father was named Joseph; Mary’s husband was also named Joseph. Joseph, Mary’s husband’s father was named Heli (Luke 3:23), while Mary’s father was named Jacob. Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ, God was! And in this (understanding of the genealogy of Mary, and knowing the story of Ruth), we can receive incredible insights about our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:4-5a:
-4: But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
-5a: To redeem them that were under the law, . . .

Who was under the Law? Israel was, and through Mary being the mother of Jesus, Jesus was born to be the only redeemer of Israel, who redeemed them from the Law. As Boaz redeemed Ruth so she could receive her rightful inheritance, Jesus in the same way redeemed all of Israel to receive their promised inheritance that God promised to Abraham and the prophets who followed him. After Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s ultimate plan of redemption went into effect for the redemption of all humanity.

Galatians 3:13-14a:
-13: Christ hath redeemed us {not just Israel but the entire world} from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
-14a: That the blessing of Abraham might come {also} on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; . . .

Anyone who was not under the Law, namely every human being that wasn’t in the fold of Israel was under the curse. But when Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed Israel, God’s divine plan of redemption for the entire world went into effect to give all people who will simply believe, their eternal inheritance to be in him who is the prophesied “restorer of thy life,” our Redeemer ─ Jesus Christ!

*(See our study, titled: A Virtuous Woman.)

Now the Birth of Jesus Christ Was on This Wise . . .

Written by the Apostles, Luke and Matthew

Luke 1:26-38:
26: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27: To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28: And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29: And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30: And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31: And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32: He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36: And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37: For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38: And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Matthew 1:18-25:
18: Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19: Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20: But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22: Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24: Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Luke 2:1-20:
AND it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2: (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3: And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5: To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6: And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7: And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8: And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12: And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15: And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16: And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17: And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18: And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19: But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Matthew 2:1-15:
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2: Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3: When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4: And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5: And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6: And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7: Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8: And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10: When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12: And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13: And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14: When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

The Kingdom of God Cometh Not with Observation

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

(first posted on 03/07/2009)

Matthew 24:36:
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Jesus said in Luke 17:20 that, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.” So when people say or predict that wrath and Armageddon and the end of the world will begin according to the Mayan calendar predictions, either they are smarter than Jesus is and know more than God knows, or they are simply in error! We will observe that this newest prediction will fade away into the history books after December 22, 2012, to accompany all of the other miscalculated specific dates. And as far as the blood moons that will be observed in 2014 and 2015 and all the hype that will follow will be worthless as far as proving anything of a Bible nature which cometh not with observation.

Mark 13:32:
But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father {“The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” I Corinthians 2:11}.

We cannot rule out that there will be evil and ungodly deeds perpetrated in the world from time to time, but the Christian has a continuous, present-tense refuge and a prayer link to heaven’s throne through Jesus’ powerful name. “If ye shall ask any thing in my name {Jesus Christ’s name}, I will do it” (John 14:14). We can daily trust in our God and walk with our risen Savior – Jesus Christ our Lord.

Proverbs 29:25:
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe {and since we trust in the LORD, we will be safe!}.

II Peter 2:9:
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations {of being afraid of the future, which is to be glorious}, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Colossians 3:4:
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Psalms 107:30:
Then are they glad because they be quiet {having and enjoying spiritual peace}; so he {our God} bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Romans 5:9:
Much more then, being now justified by his {Jesus’} blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him {and since the Bible, which is God’s Word, says we are to be saved from wrath, then let us believe we will be saved from wrath!}.

I Thessalonians 1:10:
And {we are} to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come {and since the Scripture, which is God’s Word, proclaims that we are delivered from the wrath to come, then let us believe we will be delivered from the wrath to come!}.

Psalms 139:1-10:
1: O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3: Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4: For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5: Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6: Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7: Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8: If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9: If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10: Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

Isaiah 9:2:
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Hebrews 13:5-6:
5: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6: So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Psalms 34:1-8:
1: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2: My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3: O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4: I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5: They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6: This poor man cried {prayed}, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7: The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

The stars and moon exhibit God’s pictorials and tutorials of heavenly signs and seasons (Genesis chapter one) and was and is still the reason for the original heavenly pictures in all the constellations that have been preserved and passed down through antiquity. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years” (Genesis 1:14).

The Hebrew word for signs is oth meaning things to come and especially showcases The Coming One, and man can either be enlightened by them, knowing their heavenly point of view and take comfort from them, or be dismayed by them from a degraded manmade point of view, “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for {or just because) the heathen are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:2).

The Hebrew word for seasons is mowed and means upcoming epochs and therefore appointed times; these times are not referring to the seasons in a year (these concepts are disclosed with the words “days, and years” in Genesis 1:14), but are cycles of appointed times and events concealed (like we do not know when Christ will return, but the stars tell us details of what will happen when he does) or events revealed, and some have already come to pass, such as the birth and first coming of the Coming One, and indeed those events were foretold not only in the Scriptures, but they originally were written in the stars.

In fact, knowing of the stars’ true stories of the Coming One brought the Magi (i.e., the wise men), to Bethlehem, and they were not Bible readers, but stargazers and observers with accurate information and inspired, divine theses, and they came to a perfect conclusion as they saw him who was foreordained, foretold, and foreseen in the heavens above. “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalms 19:1), and of which glory Christ is not only Principle and King, but the Coming One upon which all redemption was contingent. To determine for what and where the Magi were searching, Herod (the child-murderer, Matthew 2:16, not the so-called great architect that modern man touts) gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together and they searched, not in the heavens, but in the Scriptures to discover the place (Matthew 2:1-12), as the truths that were recorded in the heavens are also recorded in the revealed Word.

Today in grace we have the promised hope of Christ’s return to take us home with him to heaven, and out before the wrath that is to come! ”For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (I Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Daniel 12:9:
And he {the angel} said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Revelation 22:20-21:
20: He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Micah – Revealing Our Spiritual Strength

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

As we are following along through the Old Testament we find a pattern emerging throughout, and that is that the people of God rejected His prophets and His Word over and again. Throughout, God continues showing His loving care, desiring that they would accept His deliverance.

God’s healing Word continues revealing to them their glorious future, and showing that eventually God would set things right by sending His Son who would quench the sin nature by giving his life. All of God’s wonderful mercies given to Israel became known as they acknowledged the Messiah’s coming.

In the Book of Micah, Jesus Christ was prophesied as the Ruler in Israel who would come forth from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). The Messiah would be the king of lords and the strength that they would need to conquer their fears and shortcomings, and Jesus Christ would become our strength to daily enjoy our God’s presence.

In Micah, God delights in mercy towards believers:

Micah 7:18-19:
-18: Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? {The “remnant” are those who would believe out of the nation of Israel.} he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
-19: He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The more of God’s Word we come to know, the greater we begin to perceive our heavenly Father’s true characteristics of love. He is called the “God of love and peace” in II Corinthians 13:11; the word “of” in the Greek Text is in the genitive case because love and peace originated from God Himself.

Even though His people continued rejecting Him, He continued revealing revelations regarding the hope of the Savior coming and his day of deliverance.

Micah 5:4 – And he {Jesus Christ} shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they {believers} shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

As Jesus Christ receives his strength from God, he strengthens us today: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The strength that we receive originates with God, and Jesus Christ strengthens us with his very own strength that he receives from God.

We have the strength of Christ to continue walking daily with our heavenly Father.

Micah 6:8 – He {God} hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee {and this is what God requires:}, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

It is Christ within who helps us walk humbly with God, strengthening our endeavors to do that which is just and to love with the love of God. This of course would fulfil the requirements God desires of us, perhaps not the requirements some people expect of Christians, but I am confident that we would rather be pleasing to God first.

Micah 7:7-8:
-7: Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me {when I pray to Him}.
-8: Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Ephesians 6:10 records, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might,” and in walking with our God we can acknowledge our Spiritual Strength (in Christ), and become more than conquerors with the inseparable “love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).