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I have in the previous article started to write on another point, which I said is one’s mind leading may be the only dimmed light that would be found as other pointers would be negative suggestive of the person backing out of what he or she wants to pursue. Ruth is cited in the book as the person who shall briefly be looked at to see how her mind leads her though other factors negatively point to her continuing in what she planned to do. I want to continue with it in this article.
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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. Let us see in brief how in this article.
Brief Explanation of the Preceding Incidents
The story of Ruth would not be understood if taken in isolation to explain this topic, but when it is taken from the inception it will have more meaning to the readers, especially those who are naïve to bible reading and perhaps reading this for the very first time.
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(i) The Period:
The incident to be talked about happened during the time that the judges ruled in the land of Israel, ever before the Kings enthronement.
“Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.” (Rth 1:1)
Judges ruling the land are different from Priests, though some of them may have priestly anointing on them, but they were not priests, they were powerful men and women that God has bestowed his physical strength on to lead the people of Israel because war is the commoner thing for ascertaining authority and leaderships among the comity of nations globally then.
(ii) Famine in the Country:
Famine in Hebrew word is “רעב”, which when romanticized becomes râ‛âb (phonetic spelling is raw-awb') which means dearth, famine, famished, hunger.
It is being said in Yoruba land, the part of the world that the writer of this article comes from that when there is hunger pangs in the stomachs of people they cannot think about anything again.
This proverb is logical because when we are hungry, it shows that glucose level in our blood has reduced which will force the body to be making use of other substances in the body for food. Sadly, as our muscles and other parts of the body could make use of other alternative to raise food the body, but this means according to medical research is not possible for the brain, as the brain only makes use of glucose.
Placing this side by side with proverb we can see why when someone is hungry he or she can barely think of something else.
This was the position of the people in the land when there was famine in the land, they cannot think of any other thing all in their minds is getting food to eat.
(iii) Probable Cause of Famine in the Land:
Out of many causes that could be alluded to be the cause of the famine in the land, one tops the list and it was the people of the country doing what they seemly find fit before them.
“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Jdg. 17:6; 21:25)
This word, “that which was right” in Hebrew is “ישׁר” which when romanticized becomes yâshâr (phonetic spelling is yaw-shawr') which means convenient, pleased. By this it means everyone within the country was doing what they find to be convenient unto them, not what pleases the Lord, not what they know that the Lord likes.
It should be remembered that the Lord has given them rules to be following, but this they had set aside to be doing what was pleasing and convenient unto them, which ostentatiously would make the country “ungovernable”, so to say.
Since they cannot be governed by the rule of the Lord, he thence allows for what would bring them back unto him to happen to them.
I shall continue with the exegesis in the next article.
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