Welcome to the second semester of Women in the Word. If you’re joining us for the first time, we’re excited you’re here and we look forward to getting to know you! You can click here for more details about our study and don’t forget to subscribe by email to receive our posts. If you want to be part of our community and join in the conversation, request an invitation to our closed facebook group (link below). Are you ready to begin? We are!!
Father, we praise You for Your steadfast love, grace and mercy and thank You for bringing us all together to study Your Word. Open our eyes and show us marvelous things in Your Word. Help us to not be just hearers of Your Word but doers. Guide us, transform us, bring us together in unity and to You we will give all the glory. In the precious name of Jesus we pray!
Our journey through the Women in the Word continues in the “days when the judges ruled.” (Ruth 1:1) The time of the judges is that period of Israel’s history between the death of Joshua and the ministry of Samuel. What was this time like? We just need to turn to the last verse in the book of Judges to find out. “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.’ (Judges 21:25) And so a man named Elimelech, whose name meant “God is my King”, moved his family from Bethlehem, the “House of Bread”, to Moab because there was a famine in the land. Famines in Old Testament times were often a judgment from God. (Deuteronomy 11:13-17) While in Moab, Elimelech died leaving behind his wife, Naomi and their two sons. Tragedy struck again when both Naomi’s sons, who had married Moabite women, died. What was ahead for Naomi and her daughters-in-law? What do we learn from their relationship with each other and with God? What do we learn about God? Join us this week as we look into this story of loyalty, romance and redemption during one of Israel’s darkest times.
→ We’ll be reading the book of Ruth this week.
→ Our memory verse will be Psalm 91:4 – “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a buckler.” This is a promise to the one “who dwells in the shelter of the Most High.” We thought this verse would a great one in light of Boaz’s words to Ruth. “The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:14 (Check out our Bible Memory group at the end of this post). And if you are up for some extra memorizing, we encourage you to add Psalm 91:1 and 2. These words are just too wonderful to pass over while we’re in Psalm 91! “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
→ Would you like to create your own Women in the Word binder? You’ll find what you need to make one on our Women in the Word Binder Resources Page.
We’re looking forward to sharing with you on Wednesday and Friday and we can’t wait to hear from you at our group page!
→ Join us at ScriptureTyper – for those who would like to memorize Scripture using this method!
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