[emaildevotionals] 04.04.2005 am Rut. 1.16, 17

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From: Rdruhl@...
Date: 4 Apr 2005 08:01:10 -0000
Read the Bible in a Year
This morning read the Book of Ruth 


Now That Is Devotion! 


Ruth is the daughter-in-law of Naomi. Ruth is a Moabitess and Naomi is an Israelite. Naomi, her husband, and two sons had gone to live in Moab, and while there, the two sons marry women of Moab. Then something horrible happens, all three men die. Shortly thereafter, Naomi seeks to return to her homeland, but her daughters-in-law do not want her to leave. However, Ruth wants to be with her mother-in-law, regardless of where she lives, but Naomi tells Ruth to stay with her people and her gods in her land. Ruth will have none of that. 

16 But Ruth said:
	´┐ŻEntreat me not to leave you,
	Or to turn back from following after you;
	For wherever you go, I will go;
	And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
	Your people shall be my people,
	And your God, my God. 
17 	Where you die, I will die,
	And there will I be buried.
	The LORD do so to me, and more also,
	If anything but death parts you and me.´┐Ż  
	(Rut. 1:16, 17). 

Is that not something? Is not the heart that is behind it the heart that we ought to have toward fellow Christians, and especially toward Christ Jesus? While there are some specifics listed that may not apply to every person, but it is the point of being devoted to one another that matters. My wife and I used Ruth's words in our vows to one another. 

How committed are you to your congregation and to the individual members of it?

Don Ruhl
Church of Christ
220 NE Savage Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-1310
541-476-3100
http://www.plymouth-church.com/dons_corner2.html

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