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The One That Didn't Get Away (5 of 5)
Sermon Series: Easter
Perhaps you've heard the expression, "It's better to have loved and lost than never loved at all." Well, I'm here to tell you that I fell in love with the woman of my dreams and nearly lost her to another man. You could say that she was the one that almost got away. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Did I mention that my name is Boaz? No? Please forgive me. Let me back up and I will tell you the story that changed my life forever.
Many years ago, there was a famine in my land. In my day famines were often an expression of God's discipline upon His people. This particular famine happened "in the days when the judges governed." This period in Israel's history is recorded in an obscure Book of the Bible called Judges. You're probably not very familiar with it. Most pastors refuse to preach Judges because it is rated R for gratuitous violence and lewd perversion. But you should really encourage your pastor to preach it. Even though I've just met you, I think you'd really like it. Oh, I digress. Anyway, during this famine, one of my relatives, a man by the name of Elimelech moved his family from Bethlehem in Judah to Moab. Moab was a land of rich soil and adequate rainfall. Moab seemed to offer everything that Bethlehem didn't. Elimelech whose name means "my God is King" thought a move to Moab was the best solution for feeding his family. Unfortunately, he didn't seek the Lord on this decision; instead, he pursued his own path. Elimelech failed to live up to his name "my God is King." This has always struck me as odd because Bethlehem means "house of bread" and Judah means "praise." This is akin to gang warfare in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, or demonic activity in Los Angeles, the city of Angels. So Elimelech and his family left the "house of bread" in the place of "praise" and journeyed to Moab in search of "bread crumbs," or better yet a "bread basket." This ...
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