April 8

Ruth 1-4

The book of Ruth is a wonderful book in many ways, one of which it is a historical link between the time of Joshua, through Judges  and up to the time of David. Boaz, the main male character in the book of Ruth ends up marrying Ruth. Boaz was the son of Rahab, the same Rahab who protected the Israelite spies in Joshua 2. Rahab it ends up, was the great grandmother to David. The genealogy is mentioned at the end of the book  in Ruth 4:18-22. Interestingly it is repeated three other times in 1 Chronicles 2:10-12; Matthew 1:3-6; and finally in Luke 3:32, 33.    

 

Luke 11:29-54

In the beginning of our reading today we have mention of the queen of the south and the men of Nineveh. The logistics behind the Queen’s trip to Jerusalem will have to wait for another day, but we do have to discuss why Jesus mentioned her and the men of Nineveh in his teaching. When we get to heaven we are going to meet not only the Queen but also the men of Nineveh because the Queen and these men got saved while living their lives on earth. How do we know this? Well Paul writes that only saints will judge the world (1 Corinthians 6:2). There is no way that the queen and these men from Nineveh could rise in judgment condemning the generation of Jesus day unless they were. The Queen of Sheba got saved (under the Old Covenant) through her interaction with Solomon (1 Kings 10:1-13), and the men of Nineveh got saved (under the Old Covenant) when they repented because of the preaching of Jonah (Jonah 3.)   

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