David’s Godly Heritage: Why it matters
David is the only person in the Bible who is referred to as a “man after God’s own heart”. 1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22.
There are 66 chapters in the Old Testament, not including Psalms, dedicated to the life of David.
In the New Testament, David is the most commonly referred to person from the Old Testament.
Ruth and Boaz
The book of Ruth begins with the famine in Israel and for this reason, Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, and their 2 sons, left Israel and went to Moab. They were in Moab for 10 years and during that time, their two sons married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. Sadly, Naomi’s husband and 2 sons die, leaving her alone with her two daughters-in-law.
When Naomi decides to return home to Bethlehem, Ruth pleads to go with her. It is very telling about Ruth’s character and why she literally begs to go with Naomi and as they say, “would not take no for an answer.” But why? We learn in Ruth 1:16 that Ruth was committed to go with Naomi and that God played a role in her decision. Ruth was:
When Ruth meets Boaz while working for food in the fields, he is attracted to her commitment to Naomi and her work ethic. Word had gotten around that Ruth had come back with Naomi to help provide for the widow. This seems to impress Boaz the most. “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done” (Ruth 2:11). A good reputation, founded on God-centered character, is of great value (Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1). Character counts.
Boaz’s life and attitude reveal that Boaz was:
Boaz and Ruth married. They had a son, Obed, who had a son named Jesse, who was the father of King David. David’s Godly heritage continued on a godly path because Ruth and Boaz decided to serve and honor God with their lives.
How can you leave a godly heritage: (and you can start today!)
“When it comes to sin, your kids will always go one step further than you." Lon Solomon
Life Application: What spiritual steps can I take now to leave a godly heritage? (you can start today!):
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