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A Hebrew Idyl, Or a Study of the Book of Ruth.

A Hebrew Idyl, Or a Study of the Book of Ruth.

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BY REV. DAVID GREGG

" So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-
in-law, with her . . . and they came to Bethlehem in the begin-
ning of barley harvest." — Ruth i. 22.
BY REV. DAVID GREGG

" So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-
in-law, with her . . . and they came to Bethlehem in the begin-
ning of barley harvest." — Ruth i. 22.

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A HEBREW IDYL, OR A STUDY OF THE BOOK OF RUTH. BY REV. DAVID GREGG " So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, with her . . . and they came to Bethlehem in the begin-ning of barley harvest." — Ruth i. 22. The people of God possess a treasure in the little book of Ruth. It is valuable for many rea-sons. The book is valuable because it gives us one important link in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Ruth was one of the three Gentile mothers ad-mitted into the line of Christ's humanity. It is interesting to trace how the different streams of humanity run into the ancestry of Jesus Christ. Here the sinful life of Tamar flows through it. Yonder the life of Rahab the Jerichoite. Yonder the life of Bath-sheba. Here the life of Ruth. Different elements of humanity entered into His ancestral line; so He is not the Son of one na-tion, but the Son of many nations. He had Gen-tile mothers and sisters and brothers, as well as
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Jewish mothers and sisters and brothers. He is a man of the human race. To be made a mother of Jesus, even though a 1 86 NEW EPISTLES FROM OLD LANDS. far-away mother, was to be crowned with one of the highest honors which God could bestow upon womanhood. It was to be made a sharer of the blessedness which was pronounced upon Mary, the blessed among women. Every one of the far-away mothers in the Messianic line was as essen-tial to the humanity of Christ as was Mary her-self. The high honor of being one of the mothers of Jesus was the honor which God conferred upon Ruth, the Moabitess, as a reward for her devotion to one of God's people, and as a result of her whole-hearted consecration to God Himself. The book of Ruth, first of all, helps to complete the links in the genealogical chain of Christ. With-out a complete genealogy, it would be impossible
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to prove the Messiahship of Jesus of Nazareth. Anything, therefore, that helps to establish this is vital and essential and fundamental. The book of Ruth is valuable for the moral in-fluence which it originates' among men. It sets before men that, which is best in human nature and makes it attractive. It places before us the highest ideals, and brings us under their assimilat-ing power. By means of it, Naomi and Ruth communicate to us that which is best in them. They make us sympathetic. They help us to see God's overruling hand in the affairs of every-day life. They breathe into us the spirit of gratitude amid the bounties of life, and the spirit of courage amid the difficulties of life. They make us feel A HEBREW IDYL. 1 87 that the right will always He rewarded. So thrill-ing is their experience, so completely does it touch us and move us in the best attributes of our na-
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