Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
I have in the previous on “using the dimmed light seen” I have talked about a dimmed light that could possibly be seen which I said could be the love a partner has towards his or her spouse, but as for other things and humans around they are not in support of the continuation of the relationship. Albeit, despite people’s antagonism to their love and coming together as spouses, they have continued in the romantic relationship because of the staunch love of their partners.
By the grace of Jesus I want to continue with the exegesis in this article by showing us another possible dimmed light that could be seen and which would be the driving force of the person(s).
Some of Those Minute Lights Seen by The Ancients Continues – Ruth a Case Study
The bible is full of many intriguing and interesting stories, which essentially are compiled for all believers to learn from.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Cor. 10:11)
Another dimmed light seen could be one’s mind leading him or her on what to do.
6. Your Mind Leading You:
It is no gain saying that sometimes when some people want to do something, they shall receive no support from anyone, wherever they turn to what they will meet with is brick wall with no one supporting their moves. Albeit the only dimmed light that they could find in such predicament and situation is their hearts still talking to them to go ahead with what they are doing. An example of someone like this is Ruth in the bible.
The Book of Ruth in Brief
There are two books which are named after women in the bible and one of them is the book of Ruth, while the other is the book of Esther.
This book (Ruth), is a complement to the book of Judges as it also introduces the book of Samuel to bible readers between which is placed great modesty. It formed a part of the book if judges in the ancient Jewish canon, but the modern Jews would not think of it like that as they make it one of the five Megilloth (scrolls) and was placed towards the end of the Old Testament.
Different authors have been ascribed to write this book but the best established and well accepted by the Jews is that which points to prophet Samuel as the author. It is the believe of bible scholars that the book could not have been written earlier than the event that happened in Judges. 4:17-22.
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Time when many of the incidents in the bible happened could not be readily ascertained and most of it are being inferred, as a pastor friend (Ejide Issac) while talking on the book makes illustration to some events that happened in Ibadan, Nigeria to which modifications were made for prompt understanding, that some years in the future, the future generations will not know that such incidents have happened before, and it is those who know that it happened will say of those incidents that it was a historical facts which should be accepted and believed even if they could not find good documents about the incidents.
Based on this many of the incidents recorded in the bible are historical facts which people who have lived in the world ahead of us know they are facts and have put down expecting us to believe they were historical facts though writing and documentations have not been appreciated and well embraced then like now.
I was written about 60 years or more before David birth and the Postexilic time of writing, is dated to be around 450 to 350 BC.
Some Theologians Opinion of the Period the Book was Written
Josephus says it happened during the time of Eli; Moldenhawer and some say it happened during the period of Ehud; Rabbi Kimichi and few ones points to the period of Ibzan; Augustine refers to it as the time of regal governance of the Hebrews; while Bps. Patrick and Horne ascribe it to the period of Gideon; Lightfoot says it is the time of Ehud and Deborah; and Usher to the period of Shamgar.
As stated, the genuineness and the undisputed facts contain in the book cannot be questioned, therefore, the Evangelists while talking about the Savior’s descent have not failed to mention the genealogical account contain in this book.
This book explains the birth of the Messiah who prophesies say he will come from the tribe of Judah and coining it down points to it that he will come from the family of David. Since the Messiah would be given birth to in that order the history and the mentioning of the book cannot be overlooked.
The whole scene in the book is thought-provoking, enlightening, and written with utmost straightforwardness for all.
The anguish of Naomi; her demonstrative love for her daughters in law; the unenthusiastic parting of Orpah; the loyal attachment of Ruth, and the grief-stricken return to Bethlehem are descriptively well laid out in the book.
The straightforwardness of comportments, as shown in the account of Ruth’s commerce and devotion to Naomi; the kind of man Boaz was, who showed a well-designed kindness to Ruth and did not shy away from her kindness expressed to her mother in law, yea the dead, expresses contrast to the turbulent scenes in the preceding book.
The book shows in conspicuous way and touching way the care of Divine on those who sincerely fear God, and honestly aim at fulfilling his will.
The circumstance of a Moabitess becoming an ancestor of the Messiah seems to have been a pre-intimation of the admission of the gentiles into his church.
It worth nothing that in the assessment of the Jews, it was disgraceful to David to have derived his birth from Moabitess; and this may be what Shimei reviling against him was all about as he traced the genealogy of the birth of David back to Ruth. (2Sam. 16:13)
This book in no mistaken terms contains the proof of its own reality as revealed in the circumstances presented in the book. Therefore, the need for it to be accepted into the canon of the scripture for a testimony.
I shall continue with the exegesis in the next article.
1. e-Sword online Bible commentary
2. The new Westminster Dictionary of the Bible
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OLUSEGUN (author) from NIGERIA on May 16, 2021:
Thanks MG Singh, I appreciate this coming from thee.
Continue to stay safe and touch lives through your published works here.
MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 13, 2021:
Very nice article.