Gentiles can receive showers of blessings from God. Ruth, in the book of Ruth, is a Gentile who received many blessings from God. Ruth received the greatest blessing because she chose to turn from the false gods of Moab to the true God of the Scriptures. She refused to worship false god’s anymore. As a result of this, God could bless Ruth.
Ruth 1:15-17 “And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. 16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: 17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”
God blessed Ruth because she was a hard worker. Many people go in debt because they are lazy. Ruth was not looking for a “Welfare check”. She was willing to work “double shifts” if necessary.
Ruth 2:7 “And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.”
God blessed Ruth because she was willingly to share with her mother-in-law Naomi, who is a Jew. God blessed her with an abundance of food for both herself and her mother-in-law. Plus, they had a left over reserve of food.
Ruth 2:17-18 “So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.”
Boaz said that Ruth was blessed of the Lord because of her faithfulness to be pure in her service to God.
Ruth 3:10-11 “And he said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman.”
Ruth had lost her Jewish husband to death, but she chose to stay with her mother-in-law and faithfully follow God. God blessed Ruth by giving her a new husband. Boaz, who is a Jew, redeemed Ruth to be his wife. This redemption included the purchase of Ruth to be his wife and the land that was tied to the inheritance from her former husband, Mahlon. This is a beautiful picture of how God has provided redemption for Israel, which includes all of their sins being paid for. Israel will be brought to life again. During the reign of King Jesus, Israel will possess the land that God promised to Abraham. Each individual Jew must be willing to repent of their sins and accept the redemption provided by the blood of Jesus. Those Jews who do not accept God’s redemption will not get to enjoy the benefits of redemption. Gentiles can also be blessed by being redeemed from their sins. Those Gentiles who are redeemed will inherit a Heavenly home.
Ruth 4:7-10 “Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel. 8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. 9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.”
Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”
Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
1 Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
Ruth was greatly blessed when she gave birth to a son who was in the physical line that produced the flesh body of Jesus. Jesus, according to the flesh, came from the line of David.
Ruth 4:13-17 “So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.”
At first, it seemed like Ruth was cursed because of so many losses. But, then God blessed her because of her faithfulness to God and to her Jewish mother-in-law, Naomi. God is still blessing Gentiles today who choose to be faithful to Him by blessing the Jewish people.
Do you want blessings in your life instead of curses? God promises to bless those who bless the Jewish people. But, He also promises to curse those who curse them.
Genesis 12:3 “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
The following is one of the definitions of “blessing,” that is given in Webster’s 1828 dictionary: Blessing– “Any means of happiness; a gift, benefit or advantage; that which promotes temporal prosperity and welfare, or secures immortal felicity.”
God wants to bless you, not curse you! If you bless the Jews, God may give you some blessings while you are still in your mortal body. He may also allow you to get benefits or have an advantage somehow in this world. Even better yet, God may give you an eternal reward for blessing the Jewish people. Blessing the Jews will not help you to get into Heaven, but it can result in you having more rewards when you get there if you do it with the right motive.
Gentiles can bless the Jews with their words. When you see a Jewish person, say a kind word to them and let them know that you love and appreciate them. This will often bring a smile to their face. Of course, they will be blessed by God when you pray for them. Pray for their protection against terrorists. But, most of all they will be blessed if they repent and believe on Jesus as their personal Saviour.
There are many Jewish missions that support Israel financially, but they are not trying to put the gospel message into their hands. Hope of Israel Baptist Mission has published a beautiful Bible that includes the New Testament words written in the Hebrew language. Although many Jews can speak English, the majority of them can read and understand Hebrew better. Old Testament prophesies are connected to New Testament fulfillment of these prophesies. The gospel is clearly presented in this Bible. You can help put a wonderful New Testament/New Covenant into the hands of a Jewish person. Remember that Jesus was born as a Jew, according to the flesh. Gentiles would not have the opportunity to be saved if it wasn’t for the Jews.
There are several ways that you can help financially support Hope Of Israel Baptist Mission’s Bible Project: Get your church to financially take on the Bible Project as a Jewish missions work; Have your youth group financially support the Bible Project; Have your Sunday School class support the Bible Project; You can support the Bible Project as an individual through your church etc. If you want some blessings from God, click on the following link today and give your financial support for the Jewish Bible Project:
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