Being Disqualified Isn’t The End Of The World

[Laura Droege is hosting me on her blog today. Here’s a bit from the beginning, and then you can click on over to read the rest.]

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I read an interesting passage the other day:

No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt … .” (Deuteronomy 23:3-4.)

King David was a descendant of a Moabite.

Here’s how it happened:

Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!”

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. … And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ruth 4:9-10, 13, 17.)

Ruth the Moabite: she’s one of those people who can’t enter God’s assembly, and neither can her descendants to the 10th generation. Yet she is treated …

[You can read the rest at Laura’s place, then click around to read her wonderful posts.]

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