Oct 28 – prayers for Jerry Hall and family

This received by Don Petty today:

Don Wright request prayers for his dear friend, Jerry Hall, as he enters the hospital next week for an open heart transplant. He is an elder of the Springtown Church of Christ. Don and Jerry worked together in their earlier years. Please remember Jerry and his family in your prayers at this stressful time.

RUTH: A Love Story (Part 5)

“Then Naomi [Ruth’s] mother-in-law said to her, ‘My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you? Now Boaz, whose young women you were with, is he not our relative? In fact, he is winnowing barley tonight at the threshing floor. Therefore wash yourself and anoint yourself, put on your best garment and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking. Then it shall be, when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies; and you shall go in, uncover his feet, and lie down; and he will tell you what you should do.’ And she said to her, ‘All that you say to me I will do'” (Ruth 3:1-5).

It is in this chapter that Ruth makes an appeal to Boaz because of Naomi’s advice. Naomi’s intent was to seek physical security for her daughter-in-law. At that point in time, Ruth was a foreigner in Israel with no one to provide for her other than herself. She had no husband or father to care for her. She was vulnerable consequently. Naomi desired to help her daughter find more stability. She wanted Boaz to become the provider and protector of Ruth.

Naomi’s plan was simple. She knew where Boaz would be that night. She intended to send Ruth to Boaz at a time that wouldn’t interfere with either his work or eating. This would ensure that Ruth would find him undistracted, content, and hopefully receptive to her message. Ruth would wear her best garment, after washing and anointing herself, in an attempt to make the most favorable impression.

For Ruth to lie down quietly at Boaz’s feet was an acceptable way for her to make a claim on him as her near-kinsman (or close relative). It should be understood that Naomi, by law, had the first claim which was to be exercised upon the closest relative. But, in her sending of Ruth she rejected the claim for herself and transferred it to her daughter-in-law. It will be learned later in this chapter, however, that Boaz was not the closest relative to these women. This fact would complicate the situation.

“So she [i.e., Ruth] went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law instructed her. And after Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was cheerful, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came softly, uncovered his feet, and lay down. Now it happened at midnight that the man was startled, and turned himself; and there, a woman was lying at his feet. And he said, ‘Who are you?’ So she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative'” (Ruth 3:6-9).

Boaz was startled in the middle of the night; perhaps he sensed someone’s presence with him. Ruth was patiently lying at his feet. Some would like to read sexual immorality into this incident, but there is nothing here but purity. There is no indication that there was any bodily contact at all. He did not wake up from an attempt on her part to make an immoral advance. She was still lying at his feet when he woke up, and she remained there until morning (3:14). Additionally, Boaz referred to her in 3:11 as a “virtuous woman”. It is difficult to believe he would make such a claim if they were involved at that time in illicit activity.

Ruth entreated Boaz to take her under his wing (i.e., under his care and protection). In other words, she wanted him to acknowledge her claim and take her in as his wife since he is a close relative (cf. Deut. 25:5ff).


Video debate link: Deaver-Vick Debate (4th night)



Highest Number

[received this in my inbox this morning]

Recently while we were eating lunch after church one Sunday,
my youngest son asked me what the highest number I had ever
counted up to was.

I said I didn’t know. Then I asked him how high he has

“5,372,” came the prompt reply.

“Oh,” I said. “Why did you stop there?”

“The sermon was over.”

#counting, #sermon

Video debate link: Deaver-Vick Debate (3rd night)



RUTH: A Love Story (Part 4)

“Now Boaz said to her [i.e., Ruth] at mealtime, ‘Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.’ So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, ‘Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.’ So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley” (Ruth 2:14-17).

As a gleaner, Ruth was not one of Boaz’s employed workers; she had no right to eat and drink with them in the field. However, he invited her to join himself and the reapers when it was time for a meal. When parched grain was offered to her, she ate what she needed and was thoughtful enough to save some to share with Naomi later that day. Boaz instructed his men to make it easier for Ruth to gather plenty of grain. Even with all of the favors of Boaz, Ruth did not let up in her work. She continued gleaning and, by the end of the day, beat out about a bushel of barley.

“Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied. And her mother-in-law said to her, ‘Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one who took notice of you.’ So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked, and said, ‘The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.’ Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, ‘Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!’ And Naomi said to her, ‘This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.’ Ruth the Moabitess said, ‘He also said to me, “You shall stay close to my young men until they have finished all my harvest.”‘ And Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, ‘It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, and that people do not meet you in any other field.’ So she stayed close by the young women of Boaz, to glean until the end of barley harvest and wheat harvest; and she dwelt with her mother-in-law” (Ruth 2:18-23).

Naomi gladly received the grain and offered a blessing for the giver even before she knew who it was. Naomi believed that God, through Boaz, was now showing kindness to the living and the dead (i.e., to Naomi and Ruth as well as their deceased husbands). Naomi identified Boaz as a close relative (or “near-kinsman”). Naomi instructed Ruth to obey Boaz and glean in his fields only.

The chapter closes with Ruth doing what she was told throughout the barley and wheat harvests. During this time period, there is no doubt that Boaz continued to treat Ruth with kindness and generosity, as she provided for Naomi.


Power in the knowledge of Christ

Our new JG memory verse for this week is Prov. 12:1. I pray that this month has caused you to “be in the know” a little more in regard to God’s word. We have two texts for our study this morning. One is found in Acts 4:13-20 and the other is Phil. 3:8-10. In Philippians, Paul says that he counted all gain he had made in the Jewish faith loss in order “…to know Him…”

In our Acts text, the Jewish council was shocked at the boldness of attitude, the courage and the speech of the apostles in answering them. It was this that led them to remember that “they had been with Christ.” Paul wanted to know him and the apostles had been with him. I would like to think with you today on the power that lies in the knowledge of Christ.

  • There is power in the knowledge of Christ to transform a life (Rom. 12:1-2) from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18), from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13), from death to life (Eph. 2:1) and from sin to righteousness (Rom. 6:17). Is there anyone who would not want the knowledge that can do this?
  • There is power in the knowledge of Christ to overcome the temptation that is placed before us (Ps. 119:11), to answer Satan when he attempts to deceive us (Mt. 4:3-11) and to obtain God’s help in time of need (Heb. 4:15-16; Rom. 8:35-39). What power to avoid sin we can have when we know the Lord and His word. That is reason for the Joshua Generation. It is simply a method whereby we can grow in that power.
  • There is power in the knowledge of Christ to discern right from wrong (Heb. 5:14), truth from error (Jn 8:32) and faith from opinion (Rom. 10:17). I hope that each of you spend the time looking up any of these references. We never need to forget that the power lies in the Book, not in those who write about or preach the book.
  • There is power in the knowledge of Christ to refute and rebuke error (2 Tim. 2:2-4, 3:16-17), to provide protection against the wiles of Satan (Eph. 6:11-17), to wield a sword for God (Eph. 6:17), to turn the world upside down and around (Acts 17:6; Rom. 1:16) and to do accomplish more for the Lord than you, I or anyone has yet dreamed of doing (Eph. 3:20).

Brothers and Sisters, let’s truly determine to “be in the know.”

Mike Glenn