Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
THE COST OF LOYALTY
Can the Old Testament help us in our world today? Our culture is so different to theirs, can we read the Old Testament and be transformed as we are so easily when we read the New Testament? My answer is absolutely, when you truly understand the culture and journey of the people in the Old Testament, their bravery, their valour, their strength, in following the one true God, I am constantly overwhelmed and inspired to follow in their footsteps. It is really quite incredible considering the Holy Spirit was not dwelling in them but resided on them for empowerment. Do a quick study on Pneumatology in the Old Testament for more on this.
LOYALTY AND PROVIDENCE | michael els
This little book packs some heavy punches when it comes to its theological richness. The imagery in this book is a marvellous portrayal of God paying a price to redeem those who are not part of the people of God, the Israelites.
The book of Ruth is undoubtedly about loyalty and is displayed in the two main characters. During her trials and loss, Ruth remained faithful to Naomi and at the same time Boaz’s loyalty to Ruth despite the fact that she was a Moabite woman and not of the Tribe of Israel is commendable. Especially when you understand that the Moabites were considered enemies of the Jews because of the way they treated Israel during their pilgrim journey from Egypt to Canaan (Deuteronomy 23:3-6; Numbers 22-25), yet an Israelite became her Kinsman Redeemer (Ruth 2:20, 3:9, 4:14). Loyalty is the focus of much of this book, however, what we are going to focus on for the purpose of this Deep Dive is not necessarily their loyalty, but instead how that loyalty points to or foreshadowed the work of God and how He is at work in our lives.