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Series: “Ruth”
Your people shall be my people
In this eight-program series, we follow the famous love story verse by verse, and watch as Israeli actors re-enact it in their native Hebrew language. Myles and Katharine Weiss, hosts of Zola Levitt Presents, explain the biblical characters’ journey from darkness to destiny, and Messianic Israeli tour guide Arie Bar David puts it in context by clarifying Israelite culture at the time of Ruth. Sasha and Anya Poberejny provide the uplifting music for this multi-layered story. The intrigue of the unusual commitments—between Naomi and her gentile daughter-in-law Ruth, and also between Ruth and the wealthy Jewish “Kinsman/Redeemer” Boaz—draws the audience into the ultimate prophetic tale: the eternal love story of the Bridegroom of Heaven and His bride, the Church, which includes all Believers, both Jews and gentiles. This series will enlarge your understanding of being grafted into the life of God’s own olive tree, the children of Abraham.
Episode: “The Covering”
Myles and Katharine Weiss guide us on Naomi and Ruth’s journey from Moab to Israel. God is bringing Jews and Christians together as never before. Israeli tour guide Arie Bar David shows the map of Judah and Moab.

Caption transcript for Ruth: “The Covering” (1/8)

  • 00:06 IT WAS A JOURNEY NO ONE EXPECTED.
  • 00:10 FAMINE IN JUDAH HAD BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER IN MOAB
  • 00:13 AND NOW...
  • 00:15 NOTHING COULD TEAR THEM APART.
  • 00:19 FOR NAOMI THE RETURN TO BETHLEHEM WAS A BITTER ONE.
  • 00:23 BEHIND HER LAY HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS BURIED IN FOREIGN SOIL.
  • 00:30 FOR RUTH...
  • 00:31 A NEW LAND...
  • 00:34 A NEW PEOPLE...
  • 00:37 A REDEEMER...
  • 00:39 AND AN EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF UNYIELDING DEVOTION.
  • 00:43 A LOVE STORY FOR THE AGES.
  • 00:56 SHALOM
  • 00:57 AND WELCOME TO OUR SHOW.
  • 00:58 I AM MYLES WEISS
  • 00:59 AND THIS IS MY WIFE
  • 01:00 AND CO-HOST,
  • 01:01 KATHARINE WEISS.
  • 01:03 WE ARE THRILLED TODAY TO BRING YOU OUR NEW SERIES ON THE BOOK OF RUTH,
  • 01:06 "YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE."
  • 01:08 YOU KNOW, RUTH IS A SMALL BOOK
  • 01:10 BUT IT'S PRACTICALLY A PROPHETIC BOOK
  • 01:12 BECAUSE IT SPEAKS SO MUCH ABOUT THE MESSIAH, THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL.
  • 01:16 AND...IT'S A TIMELY RECOGNITION OF THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE BELIEVING COMMUNITY.
  • 01:21 IT TAKES PLACE AT THE TIME OF THE JUDGES,
  • 01:23 1300 TO 1000 YEARS BEFORE THE COMING OF MESSIAH.
  • 01:27 AND IT WAS A TIME WHEN EVERYONE DID THAT WHICH WAS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES.
  • 01:31 IN FACT THE BOOK OF JUDGES ENDS WITH THE FACT
  • 01:33 THAT THERE WAS "LO MELECH", "NO KING" IN THE LAND.
  • 01:37 I'M THRILLED TODAY TO BEGIN THIS SERIES IN THE BOOK OF RUTH
  • 01:40 BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW IT'S ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS.
  • 01:43 I THINK THE WHOLE BIBLE IS WONDERFUL
  • 01:45 BUT THE BOOK OF RUTH
  • 01:47 REALLY EMPHASIZES
  • 01:48 THAT GOD IS A RESTORER.
  • 01:50 AND YOU SEE TWO WOMEN SUFFERING GREAT LOSS
  • 01:54 BUT THROUGH THE GREAT LOVE OF GOD COMING AND JOINING THEM TOGETHER
  • 01:59 GOD GIVES THEM A LEGACY. THAT'S RIGHT.
  • 02:01 SO LET'S BEGIN OUR STORY OF "RUTH, YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE"
  • 02:05 WITH CHAPTER 1, VERSE 1
  • 02:07 AS WE LOOK THROUGH THIS ENTIRE BOOK CHRONOLOGICALLY.
  • 02:14 NOW IT CAME TO PASS IN THE DAYS WHEN THE JUDGES RULED
  • 02:17 THAT THERE WAS A FAMINE IN THE LAND OF JUDAH.
  • 02:21 ELIMELECH AND HIS WIFE NAOMI LEFT BETHLEHEM AND JOURNEYED TO MOAB...
  • 02:26 ABOUT A 3 OR 4 DAY TREK THROUGH THE RUGGED MOUNTAINS AND ARID PLAINS SURROUNDING THE DEAD SEA.
  • 02:33 AND THEY WERE JOINED BY THEIR TWO SONS, MAHLON AND CHILION.
  • 02:45 GREETINGS FROM THE DESERTS OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:47 IT IS A THRILL TO BE HERE WITH YOU AND TO BRING YOU THE BOOK OF RUTH.
  • 02:51 YOU KNOW, THIS STORY TAKES PLACE ON THE ROAD FROM MOAB TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 02:56 I'D LIKE TO START TODAY BY OPENING THE SCRIPTURES
  • 02:58 AND STARTING WITH RUTH, CHAPTER 1, VERSE 1 IN THE HEBREW.
  • 03:02 IT SAYS,
  • 03:03 [SPEAKING HEBREW...]
  • 03:18 THIS IS AN AMAZING STORY THAT TAKES PLACE BETWEEN 1300 AND 1000 BC. BEFORE THE COMMON ERA:
  • 03:25 BEFORE THE TIME OF YESHUA-JESUS.
  • 03:28 IT'S REALLY A STORY OF REDEMPTION.
  • 03:30 IT'S A STORY OF LOVE.
  • 03:32 IT'S AN AMAZING PICTURE OF HOW GOD CAN ORCHESTRATE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING A FAMINE,
  • 03:38 TO BRING ABOUT HIS DESTINY IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.
  • 03:40 YOU KNOW, THERE ARE 13 FAMINES IN THE BIBLE.
  • 03:44 AND YOU CAN KNOW THAT GOD USED THE FAMINE FOR ABRAHAM, FOR ISAAC, FOR JACOB,
  • 03:49 AND CERTAINLY FOR JOSEPH
  • 03:51 TO BRING ABOUT HIS DESTINY IN EACH OF THEIR LIVES.
  • 03:54 SO IT IS WITH RUTH AND HER COMPATRIOTS.
  • 03:57 THIS IS THE STORY OF NAOMI, HER HUSBAND AND SONS, AND THEIR 2 DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW,
  • 04:03 AND HOW THEY JOURNEYED FROM MOAB TO BETHLEHEM,
  • 04:06 AND FROM BETHLEHEM TO MOAB
  • 04:08 LOOKING FOR THE PURPOSE AND THE DESTINY THAT GOD HAD FOR THEM.
  • 04:11 THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT.
  • 04:13 THEY WERE FLEEING A FAMINE IN THEIR OWN LAND IN ISRAEL, AND THEY WERE ON THEIR WAY TO MOAB.
  • 04:19 WHEN THEY GET THERE WE'LL FIND OUT WHAT TAKES PLACE.
  • 04:23 THIS IS A LOVE STORY.
  • 04:26 IT'S A STORY OF COVENANT LOVE;
  • 04:27 IT'S A STORY OF ROMANTIC LOVE;
  • 04:30 AND THE STORY OF FRIENDSHIP LOVE.
  • 04:31 IN THIS STORY WE'RE GOING TO SEE SOME AMAZING TURNS OF EVENTS
  • 04:35 AS GOD ORCHESTRATES PEOPLES' LIVES TOGETHER FOR HIS PURPOSES.
  • 04:40 YOU KNOW, RUTH WAS A MOABITESS
  • 04:43 AND THE MOABITES WERE CURSED OF GOD.
  • 04:45 THEY WERE GIVEN NO QUARTER WITH ISRAEL.
  • 04:47 THERE WAS NO REASON FOR GOD TO KNIT HER INTO THE DESTINY OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 04:52 AND YET, IN HIS MERCY, IN HIS GRACE, HE TOOK THIS GENTILE, THIS MOABITESS,
  • 04:57 AND KNIT HER INTO NOT ONLY THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL,
  • 05:00 BUT TO THE VERY LINEAGE OF JESUS CHRIST-YESHUA HA-MASHIACH.
  • 05:05 HOW AWESOME IS GOD THAT HE CAN TAKE SOMEONE FROM WITHOUT THE BLESSING OF GOD AND BRING THEM IN?
  • 05:12 MAYBE THAT'S YOU TODAY.
  • 05:13 MAYBE YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO HAS FELT LIKE YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE BLESSING OF GOD
  • 05:17 AND I WANT TO SAY TO YOU, THAT THROUGH YESHUA, THROUGH JESUS,
  • 05:20 YOU CAN BE BROUGHT INTO THE BLESSING OF THE LORD.
  • 05:24 HE CAN BRING YOU INTO YOUR PURPOSE, YOUR DESTINY, YOUR FUTURE,
  • 05:27 JUST AS HE DID WITH RUTH.
  • 05:29 SO LET'S LOOK AT THIS AMAZING STORY.
  • 05:30 HERE WE HAVE NAOMI, A JEWISH LADY
  • 05:34 AND THEY'RE TRAVELING TO MOAB TO FLEE THIS FAMINE WITH THEIR SONS.
  • 05:38 AND THEY ARE ON THE ROAD IN THIS INCREDIBLE DESERT SCENE YOU SEE BEHIND US.
  • 05:44 CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO BE TRAVELING ALONG THIS ROAD BACK IN THE DAY?
  • 05:49 HERE WE ARE IN THE COMFORTS OF THE MODERN LIFE TODAY HERE IN ISRAEL,
  • 05:54 AND YET YOU CAN SENSE WHAT AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
  • 05:57 AND WHAT HARDSHIP IT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR THEM
  • 05:59 AS THEY WENT FROM BETHLEHEM TO MOAB AND THEN BACK AGAIN.
  • 06:04 WHAT AN AMAZING STORY WE HAVE HERE.
  • 06:08 GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF ORDERING OUR LIVES IF WE'LL ALLOW HIM TO
  • 06:14 AND SO WE SEE THAT HERE.
  • 06:16 RUTH - HER NAME MEANS "FRIEND".
  • 06:20 THE OTHER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, ORPAH - HER NAME MEANS "BACK OF THE NECK".
  • 06:22 AND WE'RE GOING TO SEE VERY SOON
  • 06:24 HOW THOSE TWO NAMES HAVE SO MUCH MEANING.
  • 06:26 YOU KNOW, I LOVE NAMES AND THE MEANING OF NAMES IN THE BIBLE.
  • 06:30 WHEN WE GET TO THIS NEXT STORY,
  • 06:33 I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THE NAMES WORK TOGETHER TO DESCRIBE HOW GOD MOVES THIS STORY FORWARD.
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  • 07:43 NOW NAOMI AND HER TWO SONS DWELLED IN THE LAND OF MOAB FOR 10 YEARS.
  • 07:49 CHILION MARRIED ORPAH
  • 07:52 AND HIS BROTHER MAHLON MARRIED A WOMAN NAMED RUTH.
  • 07:57 AND NAOMI'S HUSBAND, ELIMELECH, DIED THERE IN MOAB
  • 08:02 LEAVING NAOMI ALONE
  • 08:04 WITH LITTLE MORE THAN MEMORIES OF THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE.
  • 08:15 NAMES ARE PROPHETIC IN THE BIBLE
  • 08:17 THEY HAVE A MEANING.
  • 08:19 NAOMI MEANS "PLEASANT".
  • 08:21 IN A LITTLE WHILE SHE'S GOING TO BE ASKED TO BE CALLED MARA, WHICH MEANS "BITTER",
  • 08:24 BECAUSE TRAGEDY HAS BEGUN TO BEFALL THEM.
  • 08:27 HER HUSBAND, ELIMELECH, WHOSE NAME MEANS "GOD IS MY KING", HAS DIED.
  • 08:32 AND YET GOD IS GOING TO SHOW THAT HE IS THE KING.
  • 08:35 HE'S GOING TO SHOW HIMSELF MIGHTY ON BEHALF OF OUR COMPANY.
  • 08:39 THE SON'S NAMES - MAHLON MEANS "ILL" OR "SICK",
  • 08:43 AND THE OTHER SON'S NAME "PUNY" OR "DISAPPEARING".
  • 08:46 IN FACT THEY WILL BE DISAPPEARING FROM THE SCENE.
  • 08:50 WE'VE BEGUN TO TASTE DEATH AND WE SEE THAT TROUBLE IS COMING TO OUR COMPANY.
  • 08:56 BUT, AS I SAID, GOD IS GOING TO REDEEM.
  • 08:59 HE'S GOING TO SHOW HIMSELF MIGHTY ON THEIR BEHALF.
  • 09:02 THE TIME OF FAMINE SPEAKS OF SEVERAL THINGS.
  • 09:06 IT'S NOT ONLY A TIME OF THE FAMINE PHYSICALLY,
  • 09:09 BUT IT ALSO SPEAKS OF A FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORD.
  • 09:12 SOMETIMES TODAY IT SEEMS LIKE WE'RE IN A SEASON LIKE THAT
  • 09:16 WHERE ALL AROUND THE WORLD... THE WORLD IS DIVIDING INTO TWO CAMPS...
  • 09:21 THOSE WHO FOLLOW THE WORD OF GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT...
  • 09:24 SO WE NEED A RENEWAL.
  • 09:26 WE NEED SOMETHING TO OVERCOME THE FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORD IN OUR LIVES TODAY.
  • 09:45 ♪WHEN WE'RE THERE, WHEN WE'RE THERE, IN THE LAND OF ZION♪
  • 09:48 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 09:50 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 09:53 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 09:55 ♪O LORD WE'LL BE WITH YOU AND NO MORE TEARS♪
  • 09:58 ♪O LORD THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE NEXT YEAR♪
  • 10:00 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 10:04 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM♪
  • 10:06 ♪L'SHANAH HA'BA' AH B'YERUSHALAYIM♪
  • 10:09 ♪NEXT YEAR IN JERU...SA...LEM♪
  • 10:23 KATHARINE AND I HAVE BEEN TO ISRAEL SO MANY TIMES
  • 10:25 HOSTING FOLKS ON THEIR PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL.
  • 10:27 I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY GREATER WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE DEPTHS OF THE BIBLE
  • 10:30 THAN BY WALKING THROUGH THE BIBLE LANDS.
  • 10:33 SO WE REALLY WANT TO INVITE YOU TO COME WITH US.
  • 10:35 IN FACT, I'M SO GRATEFUL TODAY
  • 10:37 TO HAVE OUR TRAVEL MANAGER, TRACIE, WITH US.
  • 10:39 TRACIE, TELL US ABOUT THE NEW THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING ON THE TOURS.
  • 10:43 I ACTUALLY LOVED YOUR INTRODUCTION MYLES
  • 10:45 BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I HAVE
  • 10:46 A LITTLE BIT OF A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE
  • 10:48 WHEN IT COMES TO ISRAEL
  • 10:49 BECAUSE I'VE ACTUALLY WORKED
  • 10:50 IN MINISTRY ABOUT 20 YEARS,
  • 10:52 WENT DALLAS SEMINARY FOR 5 YEARS.
  • 10:54 BUT I TELL YOU WHEN I STEPPED MY FOOT IN ISRAEL THERE WAS AN EXPERIENCE.
  • 10:57 I WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO
  • 10:59 THAT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD WENT FROM A DATING TO A MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP.
  • 11:03 THE INTIMACY WHEN YOU'RE AT THE WAILING WALL,
  • 11:06 WHEN YOU GET BAPTIZED IN THE JORDAN RIVER THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT.
  • 11:09 AND I WOULD TRADE ALL MY YEARS OF MINISTRY EXPERIENCE FOR 10 DAYS IN ISRAEL.
  • 11:13 AND I BET YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY.
  • 11:15 I ABSOLUTELY DO. I'VE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE I STARTED GOING THERE.
  • 11:17 WHAT I LOVE ABOUT OUR TOURS IS THEY RUN SO SMOOTHLY.
  • 11:20 WE'VE BEEN GOING FOR 28 YEARS, 3 TIMES A YEAR...
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  • 11:27 WE TAKE CARE OF THE LOGISTICS
  • 11:29 SO YOU CAN GET TO KNOW THE LORD.
  • 11:30 WE INVITE YOU TO COME WITH US.
  • 11:31 AND I UNDERSTAND THERE'S A NEW GUIDE ON BOARD.
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  • 11:37 HE WAS ACTUALLY THE 2004 TOUR GUIDE OF THE YEAR IN ISRAEL
  • 11:39 AND IT'S JUST WONDERFUL.
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  • 12:07 THIS BOOK BY DR. JEFFREY SEIF
  • 12:08 AND SANDRA LEVITT
  • 12:10 IS A REALLY CLEAR AND ORIGINAL
  • 12:11 VIEW OF THE WAY GOD,
  • 12:14 YESHUA AND PAUL SEE WOMEN.
  • 12:17 I THINK IT WILL REALLY
  • 12:18 TURN YOUR HEAD AROUND REGARDING
  • 12:19 SOME OF THE MISINFORMATION
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  • 12:22 YOU'LL WANT TO PICK ONE OF THESE UP AS WELL THIS WEEK.
  • 12:24 SO LET'S GET BACK TO OUR STORY
  • 12:27 AS WE CONTINUE CHRONOLOGICALLY THROUGH THE BOOK OF RUTH.
  • 12:33 AND RUTH'S HUSBAND, MAHLON, DIED IN MOAB
  • 12:37 AS DID CHILION, ORPAH'S HUSBAND.
  • 12:40 HEARING THAT THE FAMINE IN JUDAH HAS PASSED
  • 12:43 NAOMI AND HER DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM, JUDAH.
  • 12:53 EACH STEP BRINGS NAOMI CLOSER TO HOME
  • 12:57 BUT FURTHER FROM HER CLOSEST LOVED ONES
  • 13:00 NOW LAID TO REST IN A FOREIGN LAND.
  • 13:24 NOW WE'RE ON THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM
  • 13:26 AND NAOMI HAS ASKED THE DAUGHTERS TO GO BACK,
  • 13:29 BUT THEY ARE ARGUING OVER WHETHER THEY WILL GO BACK OR NOT.
  • 13:33 THIS IS AN AMAZING TURN OF EVENTS.
  • 13:35 THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING ABOUT NAOMI THAT MADE RUTH WANT TO STAY WITH HER.
  • 13:39 THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOMETHING ABOUT HER.
  • 13:41 I WANT TO SUGGEST TO YOU THAT TODAY THERE'S A PROPHETIC PICTURE IN THIS FOR US.
  • 13:46 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT NAOMI PICTURING THE JEWISH PEOPLE THAT SHOULD DRAW US
  • 13:51 AND SHOULD ENTREAT US TO KNIT OUR LIVES TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS WELL.
  • 13:55 EVEN IN A TIME OF FAMINE,
  • 13:56 EVEN IN A TIME WHEN THERE'S DIFFICULTY HEARING THE WORD,
  • 13:59 THIS IS A TIME WHEN WE NEED TO STAY TOGETHER
  • 14:01 AND GOD IS BRINGING JEWS AND CHRISTIANS TOGETHER IN A WAY THAT HE NEVER HAS BEFORE.
  • 14:08 RUTH IS A PICTURE OF COVENANT LOVE.
  • 14:10 GOD DID SOMETHING IN RUTH'S HEART THROUGH NAOMI
  • 14:13 TO CAUSE HER TO WANT TO LEAVE HER PEOPLE AND THE GODS OF HER PEOPLE
  • 14:18 AND FOLLOW AFTER NAOMI TO A PLACE THAT SHE DID NOT EVEN KNOW;
  • 14:22 A PLACE THAT WAS FAR AWAY.
  • 14:24 AND BECAUSE OF THIS COVENANT LOVE
  • 14:26 SHE WAS WILLING TO LET GO OF HER FAMILY AND HER TIES
  • 14:29 AND MOVE TO A ROAD BEYOND WHICH WAS PLEASANT FOR HER,
  • 14:34 BEYOND WHICH WAS A PLACE WHERE SHE KNEW WAS FAMILIAR.
  • 14:37 GOD DID SOMETHING IN THIS LOVE CONNECTION BETWEEN RUTH AND NAOMI
  • 14:41 THAT CAUSED HER TO COME TO A SURRENDER IN HER HEART.
  • 14:44 SHE MADE A COMMITMENT TO NAOMI ON THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM THAT SHE WAS DETERMINED TO KEEP.
  • 14:50 IT'S A COMMITMENT THAT WAS BETWEEN ONE WOMAN AND ANOTHER,
  • 14:54 BUT IT'S OFTEN QUOTED IN WEDDING CEREMONIES TODAY.
  • 14:58 IT'S A PHRASE THAT WE CAN HEAR TIME AND TIME AGAIN...
  • 15:01 "YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE AND YOUR GOD MY GOD."
  • 15:04 IT'S AN ELOQUENT EXPRESSION OF LOVE AND LOYALTY BETWEEN A SPOUSE,
  • 15:09 BUT IT'S ALSO BETWEEN NAOMI AND RUTH.
  • 15:12 WE SEE THE UNFOLDING OF FRIENDSHIP.
  • 15:15 WE SEE THE UNFOLDING OF GIVING OF ONES' SELF.
  • 15:18 RUTH HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT HER LIFE
  • 15:21 AND GIVING UP OF HER LIFE WOULD BENEFIT HER IN THE END.
  • 15:25 YOU KNOW THIS REMINDS ME OF A SCRIPTURE.
  • 15:27 "IF YOU SEEK TO SAVE LIFE,"
  • 15:28 "YOU'LL LOSE IT,
  • 15:29 "BUT IF YOU LOSE YOUR LIFE"
  • 15:30 "FOR MY SAKE,"
  • 15:31 "YOU'LL FIND IT."
  • 15:32 THIS STORY HAS SPECIAL MEANING FOR US
  • 15:34 BECAUSE 25 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH
  • 15:37 WE WERE MARRIED
  • 15:38 AND AT OUR WEDDING
  • 15:39 THE SONG OF RUTH WAS SUNG.
  • 15:41 AND KATHARINE, THE GENTILE
  • 15:43 COMMITTED TO MYLES THE JEW
  • 15:44 AND SAID -
  • 15:45 "YOUR PEOPLE SHALL BE MY PEOPLE"
  • 15:47 "AND YOUR GOD MY GOD."
  • 15:48 I THINK THAT'S THE CALL
  • 15:49 THAT'S ON THE CHURCH TODAY.
  • 15:50 THE CALL THAT'S ON BELIEVERS TODAY
  • 15:52 IS TO NOT ONLY KNIT OURSELVES TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL,
  • 15:55 BUT ALSO TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 15:57 THAT'S PART OF WHAT WE'LL SEE IN THE STORY OF RUTH
  • 15:59 IS THAT THE CALLING IS NOT ONLY TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL,
  • 16:02 BUT ALSO THE PEOPLE.
  • 16:04 SO OFTEN PEOPLE IN THE BODY, IN THE CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD,
  • 16:07 THEY LOVE THE GOD OF ABRAHAM
  • 16:09 AND THEY LOVE THE GOD OF ISRAEL,
  • 16:10 BUT THEY DON'T STAND WITH THE ISRAELIS.
  • 16:13 THEY DON'T STAND WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 16:15 THAT'S WHY IT'S SUCH A THRILL FOR US TO BE PART OF THIS MINISTRY
  • 16:18 AND TO BE ABLE TO CALL YOU ALONG WITH US
  • 16:21 TO STAND WITH ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 16:23 THAT IS THE CALLING THAT IS ON THE CHURCH TODAY.
  • 16:26 YOU KNOW NAOMI WAS A WIDOW AT THIS POINT.
  • 16:29 HER HUSBAND HAD DIED
  • 16:31 AND DEATH HAD REALLY BEEN A TASTE IN ALL OF THEIR LIVES
  • 16:34 BECAUSE NOW WE KNOW THAT HER SONS HAD DIED TOO.
  • 16:37 ITS ONE THING TO LOSE A HUSBAND,
  • 16:39 BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING TO LOSE YOUR ONLY TWO SONS.
  • 16:43 SO SOMETHING THAT RUTH WAS ABLE TO DO BY LETTING GO OF HER FAMILY TIES
  • 16:48 AND MOVE ON WITH NAOMI WAS A BEAUTIFUL THING.
  • 16:51 ORPAH BEGAN THE JOURNEY, BUT SHE GOT ONLY HALF WAY.
  • 16:55 THERE WASN'T QUITE ENOUGH FOR HER TO CONTINUE ON ALL THE WAY TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 17:00 THERE'S A TEACHING IN THE BIBLE ABOUT THE REDEMPTION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE WIDOWS.
  • 17:06 GOD'S ALWAYS AFTER US IN OUR HEARTS TO TAKE CARE OF WIDOWS AND ORPHANS.
  • 17:10 RUTH IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PICTURES OF HOW GOD TAKES CARE OF THE WIDOWS.
  • 17:16 THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE WHEN THEY GET TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 17:20 GOD IS GOING TO ORCHESTRATE ALL OF THEIR LIVES TO BRING THEM INTO CONTACT WITH THE GOEL,
  • 17:25 THE KINSMAN-REDEEMER, WHO IS A PICTURE OF THE MESSIAH -
  • 17:29 A PICTURE OF THE KINSMAN-REDEEMER
  • 17:31 WHO CAME TO EARTH TO REDEEM YOU AND ME.
  • 17:34 SO THIS LOVE STORY IS NOT ONLY ABOUT ROMANTIC LOVE.
  • 17:37 IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AND A MOTHER-IN-LAW
  • 17:39 BUT IT'S A COVENANT LOVE STORY.
  • 17:42 THIS LOVE STORY WAS PLAYED OUT ON A HILL FAR AWAY
  • 17:45 2,000 YEARS AGO ON A CROSS,IN BLOOD, FOR YOU AND FOR ME.
  • 17:51 WHEN GOD SENT HIS ONLY SON TO THE CROSS TO DIE FOR YOU AND FOR ME:
  • 17:56 THAT'S THE PICTURE OF THE KINSMAN-REDEEMER
  • 17:59 WHO NOT ONLY IS GOING TO REDEEM THE FAMILY OF RUTH AND NAOMI,
  • 18:02 BUT OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER, YESHUA HA-MASHIACH,
  • 18:05 JESUS THE MESSIAH IS THE REDEEMER
  • 18:08 WHO CAME TO REDEEM THE ENTIRE EARTH TO HIMSELF - TO WHOSOEVER WILL.
  • 18:13 AND THAT'S WHAT'S PICTURED HERE IN RUTH.
  • 18:15 IT'S A BEAUTIFUL STORY OF THE REDEMPTION THAT GOD HAS IN HIS MIND AND HEART
  • 18:19 FOR ALL WHO WILL SAY "YES" TO HIM.
  • 18:23 THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE UNFOLD HERE.
  • 18:25 IT'S AN ARDUOUS JOURNEY FROM MOAB TO BETHLEHEM AND THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY.
  • 18:30 THEY'RE GOING TO COME INTO THE LAND AND GOING TO BE REINSTATED
  • 18:34 IN THE CUSTOMS OF THE TIME AND WITH THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND
  • 18:38 IT'S GOING TO BE AN AMAZING CHANGE FOR THEM HAVING COME FROM MOAB,
  • 18:42 AFTER BEING THERE FOR 10 YEARS
  • 18:43 THEY'RE GOING TO COME INTO BETHLEHEM.
  • 18:45 AND IN COMING INTO BETHLEHEM
  • 18:47 THEY'RE GOING TO ESTABLISH GEOGRAPHICALLY THE PLACE THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD BE BORN
  • 18:52 BECAUSE MICAH, IN CHAPTER 5, VERSE 2 SAID,
  • 19:06 AND SO WE'VE GEOGRAPHICALLY, BY THE STORY OF RUTH,
  • 19:08 WE PLACE THE BIRTHPLACE OF MESSIAH, BEN-DAVID,
  • 19:12 OF YESHUA HA-MASHIACH, JESUS CHRIST, IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 19:16 SO RUTH IS BEING KNIT INTO THE LINEAGE OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 19:22 LET US TAKE COURAGE IN THIS SCENE AND IN THESE MOMENTS,
  • 19:26 AND LET US NOT BE LIKE ORPAH
  • 19:28 WHO DISAPPEARS INTO HISTORY,
  • 19:30 BUT LET US BE LIKE RUTH
  • 19:31 THAT CLINGS TO THE GOD OF ABRAHAM
  • 19:34 AND TO THE PEOPLE OF ABRAHAM.
  • 20:13 ♪BASHAMAIM MAL'ACHIM SHARIM♪
  • 20:18 ♪MEZAMERET ERETZ M'SIMCHA♪
  • 20:24 ♪KI YESHUA KAM MIN HAMETIM♪
  • 20:28 ♪ET HAMAVET HU HICHRI'A♪
  • 20:34 ♪HASHAMAIMA BEDAMO ALA♪
  • 20:39 ♪HASHOVET BERACHAMIM NIMLA♪
  • 20:45 ♪SHA'AREI MALCHUTO PATACH♪
  • 20:49 ♪L VA ECHYE CHAYEI NETZACH♪
  • 20:56 ♪HALLELUJAH...♪
  • 21:01 ...HALLE...LUJAH♪
  • 21:06 ♪HALLELUJAH,♪
  • 21:11 ♪ANI ECHYE LE'OLAM♪
  • 21:17 ♪HALLELUJAH...♪
  • 21:22 ...HALLE...LUJAH♪
  • 21:28 ♪HALLELUJAH,♪
  • 21:33 ♪B'ADI HU MAFGI'A♪
  • 21:38 ♪HALLELUJAH♪ ♪(Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 21:44 ♪...HALLE...LUJAH♪ ♪(Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 21:49 ♪HALLELUJAH♪ ♪(Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 21:54 ♪ANI ECHYE LE'OLAM♪
  • 22:00 ♪HALLELUJAH♪ ♪(Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 22:05 ♪...HALLE...LUJAH♪ ♪(Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 22:11 ♪HALLELUJAH♪ ♪(Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 22:16 ♪B'ADI HU MAFGI'A♪ (♪Hallelujah...Hallelujah)♪
  • 22:23 ♪HAL...LE...LU...JAH♪ ♪(Halle...lujah♪)
  • 22:29 ♪HAL...LE...LU...JAH♪ ♪(Halle...lujah)♪
  • 22:34 ♪HAL...LE... LU...JAH♪ ♪(Halle...lujah♪)
  • 22:38 ♪HAL...LE...LU...JAH♪
  • 22:46 THAT MUSIC WAS FROM SASHA AND ANYA, OUR RUSSIAN ISRAELI FRIENDS.
  • 22:50 AND YOU WILL BE HEARING MORE OF THEIR MUSIC LATER IN THIS SERIES.
  • 22:53 AND NOW...A SPECIAL TEACHING FROM OUR FRIEND IN ISRAEL ARIE BAR DAVID,
  • 22:57 A SECOND GENERATION MESSIANIC BELIEVER, WAR HERO...
  • 23:00 KATHARINE AND I HAD A CHANCE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM WHILE WE WERE THERE LAST TIME
  • 23:04 AND HE'S JUST AN AMAZING MAN
  • 23:06 WHO HAS A LEGACY OF BELIEVING IN THE LORD IN THE FACE OF ALL KINDS OF CIRCUMSTANCES,
  • 23:12 THROUGH THE WARS OF ISRAEL,
  • 23:13 HE LEADS TOURS THROUGH ISRAEL
  • 23:15 AND HE'S GOT A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE LAY OF THE LAND.
  • 23:19 AND SO HE'S GOING TO TEACH US ABOUT THE TOPOGRAPHY.
  • 23:22 HE'S GOING TO TEACH US ABOUT THE DISTANCE BETWEEN MOAB AND JUDAH AND BACK.
  • 23:26 SO WATCH CLOSELY.
  • 23:29 THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF RUTH
  • 23:32 TOOK PLACE IN A CERTAIN COUNTRY.
  • 23:35 AND THE COUNTRY IS
  • 23:36 THE LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 23:38 LET US LOOK AT THE MAP TO BE BETTER ORIENTED.
  • 23:41 WE HAVE THE BLUE COLORS WHICH REPRESENTS THE WATERS,
  • 23:45 THE MEDITERRANEAN...THE BIG SEA.
  • 23:48 AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE JORDAN RIFT
  • 23:51 WITH THE SEA OF GALILEE AND THE DEAD SEA.
  • 23:55 OUR STORY HAPPENS ON THE WEST BANK AND ON THE EAST BANK OF THE DEAD SEA.
  • 24:02 LET US LOOK...
  • 24:04 WHAT ARE THE MAIN NATIONS THAT WE HAVE HERE?
  • 24:06 WE HAVE ISRAEL WHICH WAS EPHRAIM IN MANASSEH.
  • 24:09 WE'VE GOT GALILEE IN THE NORTH.
  • 24:11 WE'VE HAVE THE PHILISTINES THAT WERE HERE.
  • 24:13 ON THE OUTER SIDE WE HAVE AMON AND MOAB,
  • 24:16 THE TWO NATIONS WHICH ARE NAMED BY THE TWO SONS OF LOT.
  • 24:23 NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR US IS THE NATION OF JUDAH.
  • 24:28 JUDAH WAS LOCATED HERE SOUTH OF BETHLEHEM.
  • 24:32 OUR STORY IS TAKING PLACE ACTUALLY IN BETHLEHEM AND THE FIELDS OF MOAB.
  • 24:40 THEY ARE JUST ONE NEXT TO THE OTHER.
  • 24:43 EVERY EVENING STANDING HERE WHERE THE SUN IS BEHIND YOU,
  • 24:47 YOU CAN SEE IN FRONT OF YOU, THE MOUNTAINS OF MOAB.
  • 24:52 OPPOSITE WHEN YOU ARE STANDING ON MOAB MOUNTAINS, EARLY IN THE MORNING, LOOKING WESTWARD
  • 25:00 YOU SEE SO BEAUTIFUL THE RANGES IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JUDAH.
  • 25:18 MYLES, I MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT HOW THIS BOOK REPRESENTS 3 THINGS FOR ME...
  • 25:22 A THEME OF LOSS... LOVE...AND LEGACY.
  • 25:25 AND WE BEGIN TO SEE HOW THE LOSS HAS REALLY COME TO HIT HOME FOR NAOMI AND RUTH.
  • 25:31 ELIMELECH HAS DIED AND THE TWO SONS,
  • 25:35 SO NAOMI IS NOW LEFT WITH NOT A HUSBAND OR HER TWO SONS
  • 25:39 AND SHE HAS ONLY ORPAH AND RUTH TO COMFORT.
  • 25:43 SHE'S A LITTLE OVERWHELMED AT THIS POINT.
  • 25:46 REALLY...SUCH AN INHOSPITABLE LAND.
  • 25:48 YOU REMEMBER BEING IN THE WADI QELT NEAR WHERE THE LAND OF MOAB WOULD BE
  • 25:52 AND IT'S JUST SO HOT AND DRY AND DIFFICULT.
  • 25:55 AND IN THE THOSE DAYS THE MEN NEEDED TO BE WITH THE WOMEN FOR PROTECTION.
  • 25:59 REMEMBER THERE WAS NO KING IN THE LAND
  • 26:02 SO THERE WAS A LAWLESSNESS GOING ON.
  • 26:04 SO YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR THEM TO BE ALONE AT THAT TIME.
  • 26:07 AND IT'S INTERESTING THAT IT SORT OF BEGINS WITH NO KING
  • 26:11 AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO FIND OUT THAT IN FACT THE STORY IS ALL ABOUT THE KING.
  • 26:15 ALSO IN THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES A WIDOW LITERALLY MEANS "A WOMAN WITHOUT A VOICE".
  • 26:22 SO HERE IS NAOMI, RUTH AND ORPAH FEELING SO LONELY, SO LOST
  • 26:27 AND ALMOST AT THE END OF THEMSELVES AT THIS POINT.
  • 26:31 IT'S REALLY AN AMAZING STORY...
  • 26:32 AN INCREDIBLE DRAMATIC OPENING.
  • 26:34 AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN THE COMING WEEKS
  • 26:37 HOW GOD HAS HIS WAY IN KNITTING THEIR LIVES TOGETHER
  • 26:40 IN AN AMAZING STORY THAT POINTS TO YESHUA.
  • 26:44 SO BE WITH US NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:45 DON'T MISS THIS SERIES...
  • 26:47 IT'S GOING TO BE INCREDIBLE.
  • 26:48 AND UNTIL THAT TIME...
  • 26:49 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:51 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. The Covering
  2. Road to Bethlehem
  3. Finding the Redeemer
  4. Breaking of Bread
  5. Virtuous Woman
  6. Kinsman Redeemer
  7. Redemption
  8. Future of Hope
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