TODAY WE begin our study of the New Testament, which we will follow in chronological order just as we’re doing with the Old Testament. Our readings today begin the story of Jesus, the Christ.
We discuss the differences between the styles and intended audiences of Matthew, Luke, and John, all of whom, in their own way, establish right from the start the bona fides of Jesus as the rightful heir of the kingdom of David and the kingdom of God.
THE ROLE of the kinsman-redeemer and God’s willingness to accept Gentiles who seek Him are the themes of the Book of Ruth, which records the story of a young widow from Moab who finds favor and “rest”–security–in the person of Boaz, a relative of her late father-in-law.
We discuss the faith and loyalty of Ruth, the love of her mother-in-law Naomi, and the role of Boaz as a Christ figure as he fulfilled the role of kinsman-redeemer–and in the process, became the great-grandfather of David, the future king of Israel.