You are related to God… Is the Family resemblance showing?
Ruth / Revelation 1-2
4:13-15 So Boaz married Ruth and took her home to live with him. When he slept with her, the LORD enabled her to become pregnant, and she gave birth to a son. And the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the LORD who has given you a family redeemer today! May he be famous in Israel. May this child restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you so much and who has been better to you than seven sons!”
1:1 This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God’s servant John so that John could share the revelation with God’s other servants.
:13-18 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire. His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one who died. Look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.“
OT Flash Points
Boaz – kinsman redeemer – great-grandfather of King David
Ruth – a widow, a foreigner – household redeemed by Boaz
NT Flash Points
The churches – widowed, foreigners to Israel – Redeemed by the kinsman redeemer of Israel
The integrity of Ruth is commanded of the Church, to endure and receive the inheritance
Praying may cost other people, but personal sympathy and prejudice breaks our connection with God’s purpose in our relationship with them
Discernment is a call to intercession, not fault-finding