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Family or Faith?

💦 “Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and ORPAH KISSED HER mother-in-law, but RUTH CLUNG TO HER. And Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” ~ Ruth 1:14-15

Everyone, at some very specific point in their lives, comes to that proverbial “fork in the road” where a profound decision MUST be rendered – a decision that will have eternal consequences.

Indeed, decision day arrived for these two sisters, Orpah and Ruth. Each one had to decide which path they were going to follow. Their souls must’ve labored with much emotional duress as they individually made their decisions.

Orpah chose her family and her family’s “gods” – family loyalty, culture, country and tradition. Ruth however, chose to follow Naomi and her “GOD” – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – choosing loyalty to Him over loyalty to family.

Orpah is never mentioned in historical records again. Ruth’s story however, has been retold countless times throughout the ages – for she is from a long line of descendents that eventually led to that beautiful baby boy being born of a virgin in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem – the Savior of the world, Jesus the Christ!

I must warn you friend, that if you are facing a “fork in the road” concerning family loyalty over Jesus Christ and His salvation being freely offered – and make a wrong choice – you too, may very well end up in the trash heap of eternal history – and miss eternal life completely.

Please hear my plea; come home to Jesus Christ right now… we are nearly out of time. 💕

The First Sacrifice

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“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)

This action by the Lord is very significant. God Himself apparently sacrificed some of His animal creation (possibly two innocent and blemish-free sheep) in order to provide clothing for the first man and woman. In the first place, this tells us that clothing is important in God’s plan for human beings; nudity became shameful once sin entered the world.

In the second place, we learn that symbolically speaking, clothing must be provided by God Himself. Man-made “aprons” of fig leaves will not suffice, as they represent human works of righteousness which can never make us presentable to God: “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). However, God has sacrificed His own “Lamb of God” (John 1:29), pure and spotless, yet also willing to die for us. Thereby “he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10), fashioned from the perfect righteousness of the Lamb.

But in order to do this, the innocent blood of the sacrifice must be shed, for “the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). When sin entered the world, there also came “death by sin” (Romans 5:12), and “without shedding of [innocent] blood is no remission [of sin]” (Hebrews 9:22).

How much of this could have been comprehended by Adam and Eve as they watched God slay their animal friends so that they once again could walk with God we do not know, but it changed their lives. Just so, when we really see “the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19) spilled in sacrifice for our redemption, our lives also are forever changed. He hath covered me with the righteousness of Christ. HMM

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