by Jerry Vines

Ruth 4:18-22
Dr. Vines 12/22/85
These verses are like reading a dictionary--a lot of interesting
words, but not much plot. The last verses of Ruth, confront us with another
list of names given in the Old Testament. This is actually one of the shorter
list of names in the Old Testament. Many much longer genealogies are found in
the Old Testament. For several years I was never able to read through the
Bible. I would come to the book of I Chronicles. For nine chapters and 407
verses, you find little but name after name after name. As you read through
these. God will bless you ftor yotur perse-verYance- and persistencer I was reading
through that list of names and came to the fourth chapter of I Chronicles.
There I read a prayer by a man named Jabez:
"...Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and
enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be
with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from
evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted
him that which he requested."
What a wonderful prayer! What a wonderful thing God answered his prayer. But
for the most part, to read these lists of names is a rather dull, monotonous,
boring experience. Let me whet your appetite. Perhaps I can get you interested
in these names at the end of Ruth,
Compare these names with Matthew 1:3-6a. Observe that the list given
in Matthew, with a few slight differences in spelling, is identical to the list
in the book of Ruth. Still not interested? Then, read the first verse of
Matthew one:
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son
of David, the son of Abraham."
A bit more interested now? Of course you are. You are always interested in
Jesus. But, this is a family tree -- still a list of names. Granted, the family
tree of Jesus, but still doesn't seem very interesting, does it?
Well, it is according to what you do with a family tree. A few years
ago, a man took his family tree and did a most interesting and unusual thing
with the ...

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