Shabbat Shalom, friends!
I was recently drawn to the Book of Ruth. If you haven’t read from this book in a while, it’s short (only 4 pages) and it will only take you a couple of minutes to read. However, don’t be fooled by the shortness of this book, as it’s shows the important relationship between Jew and Gentile. It also focuses on the women who “built up the house of Israel”.
In short, Naomi, from the tribe of Judah, lived in a foreign land when tragedy struck: her husband and two sons passed away. Naomi wanted to return to the Land of Judah and she told her daughters in law to return to their people. One of her daughters in law, Ruth was adamant that she wanted to return with Naomi and the other one returned to her home land and family.
In the Land of Judah, Ruth found favour with Boaz: she was recognised for her deeds (wanting to look after Naomi who was grieving) and she was redeemed by Boaz, thereby incorporated into Israel. She became the great grandmother of King David.
I particularly love this verse:
“May Adonai make the woman who has come into your house like Rachel and like Le’ah, who between them built up the house of Isra’el.”
After reading from the Book of Ruth, I read from Luke . I particularly, like these verses in Luke 2 : 48 to 51 (referring to Yeshua as a boy):
“Son! Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried looking for you!”
49 He said to them, “Why did you have to look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be concerning myself with my Father’s affairs?”
50 But they didn’t understand what he meant.
51 So he went with them to Natzeret and was obedient to them. But his mother stored up all these things in her heart.
Then, a fortnight ago, I blogged about that expression “Oh my (I dare not say the next word)”. When I initially read this blog post from Elihu’s Corner, my first thoughts were about my mother‘s reaction to this expression. My mother passed away in 2014. She was in her early 70’s and she passed as a strong believer in Yeshua. She was absolutely the best mother! She hated it when someone used this expression. She was quite vocal about it and she would say something along the lines of “There is another one using that. I hate it when they use that. Show some respect [to HaShem]”. All I’m thinking is, Ben Shapiro stand aside! Here comes my mom. 😀
My mother was completely dedicated to my upbringing as an only son and child, and our household. I appreciated it tremendously now as an adult. If I think back, I didn’t appreciated it growing up as the default standard was exceptionally high. Thus, I’d wanted to say to all the mothers who build up their households. I salute you for your hard work and dedication. You are all beautiful!
Have a peaceful Shabbat!
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