GoodLife Network. August 2012
Definition of Terms.
* Allegory – a story in which a meaning is conveyed other than that of the words themselves; a story to illustrate truth in which one thing is said and something else is meant. * Bethlehem – fruitfulness, place of revelation, house of bread, the place where wheat is grown, new things are created, the place where the Messiah will come from, where the Judgement of God will begin. * Judah – praise.
* Elimelech – my God is king.
* Naomi – my pleasant one.
* Mahlon – sick.
* Chilion – pining (to suffer strong longing/yearning, to wither or waste away from longing and grief). * Ruth – beauty.
* Orpah – hind or fawn (to seek favor supporting slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior, back). * Judge – a person who makes decisions on legal matters. * Israel – prince with God.
* Moab – son of the father.
“Now it came to pass in the days when the Judges ruled there was famine in the land………” It is not the mandate of Judges to rule, but rather to carry out the decrees of Kings. Yet, in the time of this story, Judges ruled in the land of Israel. Their rulership brought about famine in the house of bread, their rule brought about lack in the place of fruitfulness. We need to understand that when kings refuse to do their duty – which is to rule, there will always be famine in the land. Anytime there is farmine in any area of life, it signifies a break in rulership. God created us in such a way that we always need an external agent to help us enforce even that which is for our own good. The Church has been made an agent of reconciliation, because in this age of the New Covenant, we are the Kings and if we refuse to rule, ‘strangers’ to the throne will rule. We also need to know that the Church is our Bethlehem. It’s only in the Church that you can find fulfilment and meaning. These strangers are not bad in themselves;it’sjust that they are in surbordinate to the true kings. These judges in our case happen to be the strangers. The judges are important in the house for we need them to maintain our fruitfulness. The Judges are ‘Teaching, Rebuking, Correcting and Training in Righteosness’. As it is not a judge’s mandate to rule, so these are not the original and most important mandate of the Church in relations to the world.PERIOD. “…… and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the land of Moab, he and his wife and two sons ….” Elimelech which means ‘My God is King’ leaves the ‘land of fruitfulness’ with his wife, Naomi (my pleasant one), with his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion for the land of Moab. To understand the significance of what happens next, we need to consider the etymology (origin) of Moab. We have to refer back to the years of Abraham and Lot. Lot, the nephew of Abraham had chosen a field close to Sodom and Gommorah for it looked greener. He ended up in Sodom and Gommorah.Pleasekeep in mind he did not choose Sodom but he ended up there (it’s the same with playing around sin, we end up in sin). Someone had rightly said, “Sin is a pleasure and sometimes pleasure is sin.” We can rightly say he chose a place of disoder, Sodom, from which we derive our word ‘Sodomy’. Sodomy is when a man puts his seed where rubbbish comes out. No matter how many times he plants, he will never reproduce a baby. You can see the significance of this from the fact that his daughters married in Sodom but never had babies. When God had to destroy ‘the twin towns of sin,’ He brought Lot and his family out but his wife did not make it ( trying to explain why she...