The book of Ruth, written around 10th century B.C., has an undetermined author, although many contribute authorship to Samuel. Ruth only includes four chapters; but, within the brief book there are many lessons that are, “…rich in examples of kindness, faith, and patience” (HCSB Study Bible, Ruth). Main personalities throughout the book include: Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz. Ruth, a gentile, proves that non-Jewish people have the ability to believe in the True God, “…Do not persuade me to leave you or go back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God” (The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition, Ruth 1:16). Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi did not go unnoticed, especially during this turbulent time period. Ruth encounters a field, where she begins to glean. Unknowingly, she is gleaning the field of Boaz, Naomi’s relative. When Boaz learns about Ruth’s devotion to Naomi, he helps her by telling his people to leave barley lying around for her to take home. Returning to Naomi with abundant barley, Naomi questions whose field Ruth is gleaning and learns it is Boaz. The kinsman-redeemer, Boaz, gains the inheritance of taking Ruth as his wife and Naomi’s land, after the closest relative of Naomi refuses to marry Ruth. Boaz had the willingness to redeem the fortified inheritances, showing his faithfulness in the disorderly time period of Judges were infidelity was prominent. After marrying, Boaz and Ruth have a son, “…and they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David”’ (The Holy Bible: HCSB Digital Text Edition, Ruth 4:17). The book of Ruth is an inspiring instance that illustrates God’s sovereignty to care for His p...
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... tour, Timothy joined him. In 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy, letters from Paul to Timothy explain what Timothy’s mission in Ephesus was, these letters were delivered by Tychicus. In Ephesus, Artemis was, “…the fertility goddess, and the emperor of Rome, who was considered a god” (HCSB Study Bible, Revelation). The Artemis cult began to lose followers as Paul spread the Gospel throughout the city. Paul was arrested for bringing a Greek, Trophimus, into the temple, “The whole city was stirred up, and the people rushed together. They seized Paul, dragged him out of the temple complex, and at once the gates were shut” (Acts 21:30). During this time, Onesiphorus took Paul into his home, unashamed of his chains, he cared for Paul while he was in Ephesus. Around 52 A.D. the church at Ephesus was established by Priscilla and Aquila, and Paul ministered there for about three years.
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