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Psalms 46, part one

Psalms 46, part one Be still and know that I am God What is the context of this familiar verse in Psalms 46:10? “Be still and know that I am God.” The context always helps us reflect on the meaning of the verse in alignment with God’s original intent. What this verse says is straightforward, which is good. But is there more that we can discover from the context?

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Rebellion and Deliverance

I'll return to my daily posts on July 23, 2018! But for today, I hope this previous post of Psalm 106 of forgiveness and deliverance encourages you. Psalms 106:1-48 This is an amazing Psalm of repentance that exalts the lovingkindness of God to forgive and save. I'm fortunate that I tend to live in a consciousness of grace. It's a good place to be. I didn't grow up in a religion of guilt and legalism requiring penance (voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong). So, I always lean toward grace and enjoy the comfort that I'm always forgiven. Perhaps even taking it for granted.

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A Cool Genealogy

I am going to be taking the next several weeks for a summer break. I'll be back later this summer to begin a devotional study of 2 Corinthians. Please don’t miss today’s summary of Ruth! Genealogies are usually boring. When reading the Bible, we usually skip or scan right through them. Well, Ruth ends with a genealogy and as I wrote last time, it’s a pretty cool genealogy. It begins with Perez, the son of Judah. By beginning with Perez, Ruth and Boaz are connected all the way back to Abraham. It also states that to Boaz was born Obed, who fathered Jesse and to Jesse was born David. It ends at David as Ruth was most likely written by Samuel during the time of King David. King David was the great grandson of Ruth and Boaz.

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Empty to Full

Ruth 4, part 2 Boaz has successfully negotiated the terms of his right to redeem the land of Naomi and to marry Ruth. Boaz fulfills the role of a kinsman redeemer for Naomi financially and to Ruth through marriage. It wasn’t long ago that Naomi returned to her homeland after the deaths of her husband and two sons. Back then she said, “The Lord Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty...the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me.” To Naomi there was no hope, no joy and the future looked bleak. 

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