Kings & Prophets

Few Christians have a deep understanding of the Old Testament kings of Israel, or the prophets and their messages. The purpose of this series is to allow anybody to quickly gain a better understanding of those things, as well as an appreciation of how that information is relevant today. The Old Testament prophets were real people who proclaimed important messages from God that have stayed true for thousands of years. Jesus and the apostles thought the kings and prophets were important, so we should, too.

It is no wonder that few Christians have deep familiarity of the kings and prophets. Christians tend to read the New Testament, while the kings and prophets are in the Old Testament. The books of the kings and prophets  are not arranged in chronological order, the history of ancient Israel and its neighbors is complex, and the geography of the region is an ever-shifting jigsaw puzzle. The language of the prophets is often symbolic or metaphorical, and the intended messages seem to be shrouded in mystery. Lastly, many people assume that Old Testament prophecies have mostly been fulfilled, so they must not still be very important.

Perhaps our attitudes would change if we thought of prophets as truth tellers, not fortune tellers. Their truths stand important today. Besides, it may be that a number of their prophecies of the future have not yet been fulfilled.

The Book of Ruth

Now that the importance of David has been established, this episode takes a step back in time to tell the story of David’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth. She is listed as an ancestor of David and Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Ruth was from the nearby country of Moab; she was not an Israelite by birth. She became an Israelite when she married one of the two sons of Naomi. Naomi and her husband had previously moved to Moab to escape a famine in Israel. The fact that Ruth was from Moab may have been influential in David’s ability to sequester his parents with the King of Moab when David was being chased by Saul.

Before Ruth or her sister-in-law could have children, Naomi’s husband and her two sons died. Naomi was despondent and decided to go back to Israel, leaving the two young women behind in their home country to find new husbands. Ruth was so dedicated and faithful to her mother.

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Characters:
Ruth
Primary Scriptures:
Ruth
Story Summary:
Ruth goes to Israel, Ruth meets and marries Boaz
Location:
Moab, Israel
Time:
Circa 1100 BC
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