Genealogy of Jesus: Ruth, the Moabite

Ruth is one of the women specifically mentioned by name in Jesus genealogy.  However, she receives more than just a chapter or two the way the other women in the genealogy of Jesus do.  Her story takes an entire book to tell. Ruth lived in the Moab.  She married Mahlon, the son of Naomi and Elimelek, who had moved from […]

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Sons in the Bible: Sons of Jesse

Jesse was the son of Obed and grandson of Boaz and Ruth. We learn the most about his sons when Samuel arrives to anoint the next king. His sons names come from the books of 1 Samuel and 1 Chronicles.  Jesse is mentioned to have eight sons, but only seven are mentioned by name. Whether it was an error or […]

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Names of God: Goel

The term Goel drives from the Hebrew word lig’ol. The term means to redeem or redeemer. “Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”  {Isaiah 41:14, NIV} The authorized version of the Bible translates this word into kinsman. This is […]

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Grace Through Perfectionism

I have a confession to make.  I’m a perfectionist.  I want everything to be perfect and come across as perfect. But, I am not perfect. Therefore, no matter how hard I try, I cannot make the event, piece of writing, song, speech, or service provided completely perfect. Only, with the Lord’s help can I make anything close to perfect. But, […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Naomi, from Sorrow to Joy

When we think of ideal mother-in-law, we may think about Naomi. Naomi was married to Elimelch and had two sons, Mahlon and Chilion.   Due to famine the family moves from Judea to Moab.  While they are there both sons married women named Orpah and Ruth.  Elimelch dies and later both sons die, leaving their widows childless. This is where the […]

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Hall of Faith: Rahab, She Changed

Rahab was in the promised land when the Israelite’s took possession of the land. She and her family are the only people saved during the invasion. The story of Rahab is found in the book of Joshua. The name Rahab means spacious. Rahab’s story is found in that of the Israelite’s. The chosen people of God are searching out the […]

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Genealogy of Jesus: Rahab, the harlot

  The first thing we are told about Rahab, in Joshua 2, is that she was a prostitute.  There is no sugar coating it.  Her sins are put out there for everyone to know. Joshua sent two spies into Jericho and they come to the house of Rahab.  She hides the men and watches out for them. When the king […]

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Second Chances: Rahab

Sometimes life and circumstances takes us down roads we would not have chosen.   We do not know the reason Rahab became a prostitute, but we do know that God used her and redeemed her.  She is one of four women listed in the genealogy of Jesus.  She is even listed in the Faith Hall of Fame that can be found […]

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