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Item number three on our list of Seven Faith Practices is “read and study the Bible.”   Each week we, as a congregation, will be reading one chapter from a book of the Bible.  Currently, we are reading from the book of Ruth. 

We will continue with our “one chapter per week” schedule.  I hope you will consider joining us as we practice our faith!  

Our reading schedule is as follows: for the week starting… 

Faith Practice #3 Reading Schedule...

March 4 – Ruth 1
March 11 – Ruth 2
March 18 – Ruth 3
March 25 – Ruth 4

Ruth is a short narrative in the Old Testament, consisting of only four chapters. It tells the story of Ruth, a Moabite woman, and her journey of loyalty, love, and redemption. The narrative unfolds during the time of the Judges in Israel.

The story begins with a famine in Bethlehem, prompting Elimelech and his wife Naomi to move to Moab with their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.  Tragically, Elimelech dies, and both sons marry Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth.  Subsequently, Mahlon and Chilion also pass away, leaving Naomi a widow with her daughters-in-law.

Hearing that the famine has ended in Bethlehem, Naomi decides to return home, urging her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab. Orpah chooses to remain, but Ruth, expressing profound loyalty and love, insists on accompanying Naomi to Bethlehem.  Ruth's famous declaration, "Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.," reflects her unwavering commitment and faith.

In Bethlehem, Ruth gleans in the fields belonging to Boaz, a relative of Naomi. Boaz, impressed by Ruth's virtuous character and loyalty to her mother-in-law, extends kindness to her.  Naomi, recognizing Boaz as a potential kinsman-redeemer (a family member who can give Ruth a child), advises Ruth on a culturally significant custom that allows Boaz to marry her and redeem the family's inheritance.

After resolving some legal issues, Boaz marries Ruth, and they eventually have a son named Obed.  The book concludes with the genealogy of David, emphasizing Ruth's significant role in the lineage of King David.