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One of the best short books of the Bible is the book of Ruth.  It can be easily read in one sitting.  The story begins with Naomi and her husband leaving Bethlehem, their hometown, during a time of famine to go to Moab, a land occupied by the enemies of God.

While in Moab, Naomi’s husband and both of her sons die, leaving her with her two daughters-in-law.  One of her daughters-in-law chooses to stay in Moab, but Ruth, her other daughter-in-law, returns with Naomi to Bethlehem.

With nothing to show for her travel abroad, Naomi returns to her hometown with the clothes on her back.

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Shepherd’s fields of the Bethlehem region

In the day in which Naomi lived, the fate of a widow was a difficult one.

After her husband and sons die, Naomi is left without a means of support in Moab. Without hope,  Naomi returns to the land of her forefathers.

In doing so, she avails herself of the promises and protections of God’s people. God takes care of His children’s every need, physical, emotional and spiritual.

If you are struggling with your situation and are seeking the land of God’s promise, open His word. Study it systematically and with a heart to know Him better, and He can lead you home, to the land of promise.

Consider using one of our verse-by-verse Bible studies in the Words of His Mouth Series to help you on your way–maybe even the study through the Book of Ruth.

If you are looking for additional information and/or materials, please visit our website at RootedinHisWord.org and our Facebook page. 

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Read Genesis 8
1. Copy Genesis 8:1 here.

2. Where did the ark come to rest? How long did it rest there before the tops of the mountains were seen?

3. When did Noah remove the covering from the ark?

4. What did Noah do before removing the covering to make sure it was safe?

5. When did God tell Noah they could leave the ark?

6. What was the first thing Noah did after leaving the ark?

7. What promise does God make in Genesis 8:21-22?

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Read Genesis chapter 6

1. What does God observe about mankind in Genesis 6:5? What is His reaction to this observation in Genesis 6:6-7?

2. In contrast to the rest of man, how does God describe Noah in Genesis 6:8?

3. Read Hebrews 11:7. What do you learn about Noah from this verse?

Starting in Genesis 6:14, God begins to give very specific instructions for the building of the ark. Fill in the missing information from verses 14-22.

4. The ark was to be made of _____________________________.

5. It was to be covered inside and out with ____________________.

6. What were the dimensions of the ark? _____________________.

7. The ark had __________ decks.

8. Noah was to take ______ of every living thing into the ark.

9. What reason did God give Noah why he needed two of every living thing?

10. Who did God say would be the source of the flood?

Going Deeper: How big is a cubit?

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CREATION (Chapter 1)

Read Genesis Chapter 1 and answer the following questions.

Day 1

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 2

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 3

What did God create?

How did God create it?

 

Day 4

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 5

What did God create?

How did God create it?

Day 6

What did God create?

How did God create it?

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WHY STUDY THE BIBLE?

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As with anything, consider the benefits of becoming more Bible literate in 2016.

For each of the following scriptures, either copy the verse or summarize the benefit discussed in the verse in your own words.

1. Joshua 1:8

2. Psalm 119:9

3. Psalm 119:11

4. Psalm 119:24

5. Psalm 119:25

6. Psalm 119:28

7. Psalm 119:42

8. Psalm 119:49

9. Psalm 119:50

10. Psalm 119:105

11. John 15:7

From these verses, choose one which speaks to a need in your life. Perhaps you need hope–Psalm 119:49 promises hope.

Perhaps you need to know how to answer those who reproach you–Psalm 119:42 provides that.

Perhaps you need to be cleansed–Psalm 119:9 provides instruction on that.

Mediate on your selected passage. Allow God to reveal how He will keep His promise to work in you  and your life through His word.

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Going to be counted
1. Why did Mary and Joseph have to go to Bethlehem?

2. Where was Jesus born? Why?

3. What did Mary do with Jesus after He was born?

4. What happened out on the plains outside of Bethlehem that night?

5. To whom was the first recorded announcement of the birth of the Christ Child made according to Luke 2:8-14?

6. What does Luke 2:15-16 tell us was the shepherd’s response?

7. What was the response of the shepherds to seeing Jesus in the manager? (Hint: Luke 2:17-20)

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According to Dr. Henry M. Morris, in his book The Genesis Record, the following are some of the origins that are given in the book of Genesis:

  • Origin of the Universe
  • Origin of order and complexity
  • Origin of the solar system
  • Origin of the atmosphere and hydrosphere
  • Origin of life
  • Origin of man
  • Origin of marriage
  • Origin of evil
  • Origin of language
  • Origin of government
  • Origin of culture
  • Origin of nations
  • Origin of religion
  • Origin of the chosen people

As you are reading through Genesis, consider what God says about these various subjects.

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Matthew recounts the story in Matthew 22:17-21 where Jesus is speaking with the Pharisees and the Herodians.  They are trying to trick Him, but He is still calling them to the Father despite their contempt for him.  The following is the short exchange:

“Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius.  And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”

They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

“God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him.”  Genesis 1:27   It is the image of God that each man and each woman bears not unlike the coin bearing the image of Caesar.

And as with the coin, which must be returned to the one whose image it bears, so the man or woman, who bears the image of God, must be returned to God.  This is the heart of God, to draw back to Himself all those bearing His image.

It is not enough to admire the LORD, we need to render our lives to Him.

Render unto God what is God’s.

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When tribulation strikes, when unspeakable atrocities stare us in the face, are we going to be like the disciples, hiding in a room, leaving town, forgetting what He said would happen, what He has promised us?

Or will we remember that He said:

“I will never leave or forsake you.”

“I have plans for you, to give you a future and a hope.”

“I have given you all things that pertain to life and godliness.”

“I am the bread of life.”

“I am the way, the truth, the life.”

“I am the shepherd. My sheep hear my voice.”

“I collect your tears in a bottle.”

“You are the apple of my eye.”

“Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ.”

“If I be lifted up, I draw all men to me.”

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”

“I am the light of the world.”

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

“I will replace your heart of stone with a heart of flesh.”

“I have left you a comforter who will teach you all things.”

“I am coming back.”

He is risen . . . just one more promise kept. Behold, He will keep them all in due time. His justice is not swift . . . He would that none would perish. But justice will come. His promises are true.

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Ever wonder why the image of the cross figures so predominantly in the New Testament.  It’s more than the obvious – Jesus died on a cross.

Mark 5:34 records Jesus speaking, “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  When Jesus made this statement, he hadn’t gone to the cross yet.

John Stott says “becoming a Christian involves a change so radical that no imagery can do it justice except death and resurrection – dying to the old life of self-centeredness and rising to new life of holiness and love.”

In Galatians 5:24, Paul writes “those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh of its passions and desires.”

In Romans 6:6, he says,  “our old man was crucified with Him.”  He repeats the imagery of the cross and death on the cross to speak of living a life of self-denial – death to self.

Often people think that their “cross” is the trial or persecution they are undergoing.  The trials are not the cross.  The trials function to strengthen one to carry his or her cross.  The cross is the life of self-denial, the laying down of one’s own life for the furtherance of the gospel.

As a Christian, I am best described as “dead man walking” since I must carry the instrument of my own execution, the cross.  I must die, so He might live through me.  By this great miracle, others will see Him and His glory and be drawn to Him.  Thus, the gospel is spread.

Father, make me to be dead to self and alive to Your Spirit.  May Easter remind me of how that fully-surrendered life appears.

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