I read Ruth 1 and Ruth 2 today. Naomi’s sons died, and her two daughters-in-law were widowed. They were Moabites, and Naomi recommended they both return to their homeland and their gods, and remarry, since they were both still young. One daughter left as it was suggested, and the other (Ruth) refused to leave, clinging to Naomi and pledging allegiance to Naomi, her people, and her God. She started gathering leftover grain (like other poverty stricken individuals normally would), to feed herself and Naomi, but was noticed and treated generously by a man named Boaz.
Reading Romans 9 for Friday, December 29th. Don’t stumble on the law and miss the point. Trust in God and receive God’s mercy. Do not judge God, your creator, but be thankful that you were not created to be subject of His wrath to display His immense power.
Reading Romans 8 for Thursday, December 28th. We live through the Spirit of God, and since Jesus himself intercedes for us on God’s behalf, nothing can separate us from God‘s love.
Reading Romans 7 for Wednesday, December 27th. The law of sin and death at work within the members of one’s own body is battling the pursuit of righteousness in one’s mind.
Reading Romans 6 for Tuesday, December 26th. When you die to sin you are no longer a slave to it, your allegiance has been transferred to righteousness.
Reading Romans 5 for Monday, December 25th. Jesus was significant in that He redeemed mankind to be brought close again to God, The Father.
Reading Romans 4 for Saturday, December 23rd. Abraham was justified by his faith, not by living in accordance with the law of circumcision.
Reading Judges 21 for Friday, December 22nd. The single Benjamites had no wives, so the other tribes of Israel wanted to find them a solution.
Reading Judges 20 for Thursday, December 21st. A bloody battle is waged against the Benjamites.
Reading Judges 19 for Wednesday, December 20th. Warning: the content of this chapter contains graphic descriptions of violence and references to graphic sexual abuses. A Levite traveled through Benjamin and was threatened by a group of men in the town, and whose concubine died as a result of their actions.