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Malachi瑪拉基書3:1

萬軍之耶和華說、我要差遣我的使者、在我前面豫備道路.你們所尋求的主、必忽然進入他的殿.立約的使者、就是你們所仰慕的、快要來到。

‎”See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.

Ruth 4

The Marriage of Ruth
1  Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, “Turn aside, friend, sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.
2  He took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.
3  Then he said to the closest relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.
4  “So I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeemit, redeem it; but if not, tell me that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am after you.’” And he said, “I will redeem it. 
5  Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.”

6  The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it. 
7  Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was themanner of attestation in Israel.
8  So the closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” And he removed his sandal.
9  Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon.
10  “Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.”
11  All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, “ We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.

12  “Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the Lord will give you by this young woman.”
13  So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
14  Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the Lordwho has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel.
15  “May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”

The Line of David Began Here
16  Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse.

17  The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18  Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron,
19  and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab,
20  and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon,
21  and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed,22  and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

Please post your thoughts and reflections in the comments below, it will be wonderful to learn from each other as we journey together!!

Habakkuk

[Hābăk’kuk] – love’s embrace or he that embraces. The eighth of theMinor Prophets whose parentage, birthplace and era are unrecorded

Hab. 1:1: – 1 The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Hab. 3:1: – 1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.

The Man Who Caressed the People

Although he is not much more than a mere name to us, we know that Habakkuk was a prophet of Judah and of the tribe of Levi and of the temple singers (Hab. 3:19: –19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments). He is also referred to as a prophet and the last prophet before the destruction of Jerusalem (Hab. 3:11: –11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear). Rabbinical tradition makes him the son of the Shunammite woman whom Elisha restored to life (2 Kings 4:16: –16 “About this time next year,” Elisha said, “you will hold a son in your arms.” “No, my lord!” she objected. “Please, man of God, don’t mislead your servant!”). Habakkuk prophesied the coming of the Babylonians upon Judah. This invasion took place in 606b.c. and also in 597b.c. and 586b.c. “In your days” (Hab. 1:5: –5 “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told), would indicate that he prophesied scarcely a generation before the first invasion.

In his prophecy Habakkuk was true to his name, which means “strong embrace of God,” for he caressed and comforted the people as one would embrace a weeping child until its tears are dried. A modern writer suggests that his name may have contributed somewhat to the unpopularity of the prophet. “His name is against him; its coarse gutterals, falling upon the modern ears with a forbidden ring, and creating a prejudice from the beginning.”

From the book Habakkuk wrote, we gather that he was the questioning prophet. He wants to know “Why?” and “How?”Answers were granted him. Why does God permit the destruction of His own people by a hand so cruel and unclean? The prophet waited patiently for an answer, and it came. The ungodly shall pass; the just shall live by faith.

Then we have a chant of derision against the Chaldeans raised by their victims – a fivefold woe:

I. Their insatiable greed.

II. Their overreaching ambition.

III. Their cruel tyranny.

IV. Their shameful treatment of conquered people.

V. Their brutal idolatry.

Then there is Habakkuk’s great message of faith which gave Paul a hint of the most precious truth of the Gospel and aided the Reformation under Martin Luther, the charter of evangelical liberty.

Rom. 1:17: – 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Gal. 3:11: – 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

Heb. 10:38: – 38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

 

Psalm 18:16-20

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.

But me he caught–reached all the way from sky to sea; he pulled me out Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos, the void in which I was drowning. They hit me when I was down, but God stuck by me. He stood me up on a wide-open field; I stood there saved–surprised to be loved! – God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

Kids Bible Study 5-31-2011

Jacob and Rachel
Genesis 29:1-30
Jacob works for Laban, to win the hand of Rachel.
 

JACOB CONTINUED ONhis way, getting ever farther away from his brother Esau’s wrath. At last he reached Haran, the place where his uncle Laban dwelt.  He saw a green field, and in the field a well.  Three flocks of sheep were lying there, resting, and waiting to be watered.    As Jacob drew near he greeted the shepherds and asked them whether they knew a man named Laban.

They replied, “We know Laban, and here, behold, Rachel, his daughter, cometh with the sheep.”

As Rachel approached, looking sweet and beautiful, Jacob was deeply touched.  He rolled away the stone which covered the well and watered the flock of Laban.  Then he embraced his young cousin and lifted up his voice and wept.

When Rachel learned who Jacob was, she hastened to tell her father, Laban, and he greeted Jacob joyfully, and made him welcome in his home.

Jacob remained in Laban’s home for a month, tending the flocks and herds.  When Laban asked him what wages he wanted to receive, Jacob rescued any money, but said, “I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.”

Jacob wished to have Rachel for his bride, for he had already begun to love her dearly.  Laban thought this was a very good bargain, and readily agreed.

Jacob toiled for seven years in his uncle’s service, and the time seemed to pass very quickly, for he knew that at the end of that time he would win the hand of A great wedding feast was prepared, and the wedding day came at last.  Jacob was full of happiness, but, alas Laban deceived Jacob, and forced him to marry Leah, the older daughter instead.  Jacob was very angry at this, but Laban explained that a younger daughter cannot marry first, but would have to wait until the older daughter was married, so that Jacob would have to work for him seven more years if he also wanted to wed Rachel.

So Jacob, who had cheated his brother, was now cheated in turn.

Jacob worked for seven more weary years, always remembering, however, that at the end of this time he would win the hand of his beloved Rachel.

Finally, after seven more years had passed,  Jacob also married Rachel, and now he was happy at last.

Prayer 5-31-2011

Dear Father, thank you for the relationships in my life. Help me find creative ways to connect with the people I love. Help me to walk and live in a spirit of unity as you commanded.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

Bible Study 5-31-2011

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus” – (Romans 15:5, NIV)

Do you find that you are surrounded by people all the time, but yet you still feel disconnected? In your family, is everyone going in different directions, always busy, always doing their own thing? I’ve found that we really have to make a conscious effort to walk and live in unity with the people in our lives and not allow distractions to pull us apart. Walking in a spirit of unity goes beyond just getting along, it’s about going the extra mile to support one another and lift each other up. If you want to get the most out of life, you’ve got to draw a line in the sand and say, “I’m going to slow down and connect with the people I love. I’m not going to take my relationships for granted.”

Start today by calling a friend or family member that you haven’t talked to in a while. Reach out to them and let them know they are important. Make time to have dinner as a family and support each other’s activities. When you walk and live in unity, you bless the Lord and open the door for His supernatural blessing in your own life in return!

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