God's Program for This Age
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Ruth, keeping in mind that we have been studying the book of Ruth for quite some time. At the present time, we are studying the book of Ruth from the standpoint of eschatology. “Eschatology” is a term that may need an explanation for some. It simply means “the study of last things,” the things that are connected with the end of the age. We have suggested to you that this is a unique approach to the book of Ruth. We have studied it from the standpoint of analogy,drawing spiritual lessons. We studied it from the standpoint of soteriology, which is the most common approach to the book of Ruth, presenting to us our Kinsman-Redeemer in the Lord Jesus Christ. There were lessons as well in the field of eschatology that should not be neglected. We gave you a series of typical incidents in the book of Ruth and compared them to incidents related to the nation of Israel.

A Gentile Bride for Boaz

You can understand that time would not permit us a review of the things which we have already covered, so we began by suggesting to you that in the book of Ruth a Gentile bride was acquired for Boaz during the sojourn in Moab. That is a simple statement of fact from the book of Ruth.

You will recall that the little family of Elimelech, under the chastening hand of God, went to Moab and sojourned there ten years. During that time, a Gentile bride was acquired for Boaz. That fact is a type of a very important truth–a Gentile bride acquired for Christ while the Jews are dispersed among the nations. The incident in the book of Ruth is an illustration of a fact which is going on at the present time.

I think it would be wise for us to look together at the type as it is seen in the book of Ruth so that we might relate it to the truth that is emphasized in the Word of God. We are going to call to your attention a few passages of Scripture which will delineate the type for you. We ask you to turn, first, to Ruth, chapter 1, verse 4:

Ruth 1

4And they [that is, the sons of Elimelech] took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

These two girls were Moabites. Being Moabites, they were Gentiles. So get fixed in your minds that the Jewish boys in Moab made possible the selection of a Gentile bride. Notice, please, verse 16, which represents the decision of the Gentile bride to return to the homeland, because if the decision were not made, then nothing would have come of the invitation that was extended. The words, familiar, beautiful, tell the story. Ruth said to Naomi:

Ruth 1

16And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
18When she [Naomi] saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Then you will notice in verse 1 of chapter 2:

Ruth 2

1And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

We introduce Boaz here because Ruth historically, factually, actually was the bride of Boaz. Boaz, you will recall, is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Turn over to chapter 4 of the book of Ruth, verse 13, and read the words:

Ruth 4

13So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

So you have the complete story in type. A Gentile woman became the bride of the Jewish redeemer. What are we saying? We are saying that God permitted the family of Elimelech to sojourn in Moab in order that a Gentile bride might be secured for Boaz. We say to you, and we will show you from the Word of God that this is true, that in the providence of God that nation of Israel has been scattered to the far corners of the world in order that a Gentile bride might be secured for the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Gentile Bride for Christ

We have looked at the type. We want you to notice with us the truth as it is seen in chapter 15 of the Acts of the Apostles, where the first Church council that ever was, was held, the first ecumenical council that was ever held after the birth of the Church. All of it was related to whether or not the Gentiles would be included in the Church, the Body, the Bride. Quite a lengthy discussion was held. Then in verse 13 of chapter 15, you read:

Acts 15

13And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
14Simeon [that's Peter] hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

Notice particularly the phrase, “God did visit the Gentiles to take out of them a people for his name.” I want you to notice that statement because it is the simplest statement of God's program for this age that you will find anywhere in the Word. What is God's program for this age? A socialistic program? No! What is God's program for this age? Making the world a better place to live? No! What is God's program for this age? Bring in the kingdom? No! What is God's program for this age? His program is to visit the Gentiles to take out of them, the Gentiles, a people for His name. You will notice in verse 15, James calls to your attention proof of why He said what He said. There we read:

Acts 15

15And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
16After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

Let me say right here at the outset that James, to bolster his statement of God's program for this age, made an appeal to prophecy. We are not only going to make an appeal to prophecy, but we are going to take three approaches, if time permits. We are going to approach God's program for this age from the standpoint of prophecy, from the standpoint of parables, and from the standpoint of picture. Because in prophecy, in parables and in picture, God declares His program for this age so that no individual needs to be mistaken about what the program is.

It is tremendously important to know what the program is lest you expend your energy in the wrong direction. For example, if, as we can show from the Word of God without fear of contradiction, the program for this age is not to bring in the Kingdom, then anyone who is expending his energy to bring in the Kingdom is obviously spinning his wheels. Obviously he is wasting his time. The sad, sad thing we have to recognize is that the vast majority of Christendom–sincere, good, in many cases born-again believers–are wasting their time trying to bring in the Kingdom. That is not what God had planned, as is very definitely stated in prophecy.

Rebuilding the House of David

We will notice first what James had to say as he quotes from the book of Acts, chapter 15, verse 16:

Acts 15

16After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
17That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
18Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

When James was making this reference to prophecy, he was quoting from the book of Amos, chapter 9. I would like for you to turn there, please, and notice how the Spirit of God takes one passage of Scripture from one portion of the Word of God and makes application of it in other portions of the Word, emphasizing the truths which need to be emphasized. In Amos, chapter 9, will you notice, please, the paragraph which begins with verse 11. Now, previous to verse 11, God is talking about the end of the age, so in verse 11, you read:

Amos 9

11In that day [he is talking about that day which is the end of the age] will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

Let's stop and recognize that the tabernacle of David here is not the church to which David went. It is the house of David. You see, David wanted to build God a house; and Nathan, the prophet, thought it was a good thing to do. He told David so. He was like a lot of preachers who make decisions without praying about them. Then when he went and talked to God about it, God said, “Nathan, you made a mistake. I don't want David to build Me a house. He is a bloody man. He has had too much war. You go tell David he cannot build my house. Tell him you were wrong.”

I have always thought that was a bitter pill for Nathan to swallow. Always he had been right, you know; he was a prophet, but now he had to go and say, “David, I was wrong. God doesn't want you to build that house.” But He gave David his promise: “David, God is going to build you a house.” Solomon was born. Solomon was the greatest king that Israel knew, and then the kingdom of Israel fell into oblivion, but God made David a promise that He would build him a house. You will find it in II Samuel, chapter 7, and Solomon would not be the house that He had in mind nor the king that He would set upon the throne. So the house of David, the tabernacle of David, had fallen into disrepair and Amos gives the promise:

Amos 9

11In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.

God said, “One day, at the end of the period of time that the Gentiles are being called out to make a people for the name of Christ–the bride of Christ–Christ will return and the tabernacle of David will be raised up again.”

Reception of the Gentiles

I would like for you to turn with me to the book of Romans, chapter 9, and notice how the Apostle Paul makes his statement and then quotes from prophecy to verify what he said. He is talking about the rejection of the nation of Israel and the reception of the Gentiles–the sidetracking of the nation of Israel, if you want to put it that way, and the reception of the Gentiles. You remember when James made his speech in that first church council, Israel had been scattered to the farthest corners of the world. He said, “Now that Israel is no longer the channel through which God is working, He is taking out a people for His name.” Paul said the same thing, and to prove it in verse 25, he said:

Romans 9

25As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.
26And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

The word “O'see” may not be particularly familiar to you. I suggest that it is a reference to the prophet Hosea. Turn, please, to the book of Hosea and notice how the Apostle Paul refers to the prophet Hosea to prove his point. In Hosea, chapter 2, you will notice, please, verse 23, where we read:

Hosea 2

23And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; [notice] and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

The people who had never been recognized nor claimed by God were the Gentiles. So Hosea said, “There is going to become a time when God will say to people who were not His people, 'Thou art My people,' and they will be able to say, 'Thou art my God'.” This passage of Scripture is a reference to you. It is a reference to me, because one time we were not the people of God, but now we are the people of God and we are able to so declare.

The Reclamation of Israel

Go back, please, to Hosea, chapter 1, verse 10, for the rest of the prophecy.

Hosea 1

10Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
11Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

This passage of Scripture recognizes the eventual reclamation of Israel, the return to the land as did Naomi, as did Ruth, her Gentile acquisition returned to the land.

Go back to Romans with me, please, and notice chapter 10 of the book of Romans as Paul brings to our attention another truth concerning the calling out of a people for His name. In Romans, chapter 10, verse 19, we read:

Romans 10

19But I say, Did not Israel know?…

That is, didn't Israel know what God's plan was? That is the gist of the whole chapter, and Paul says, “Of course, they did.”

Romans 10

19…Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

Here the Apostle Paul is quoting from the book of Romans. If you will turn to Romans with me, please, and notice what is represented in this passage of Scripture.

Romans 10

11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Get fixed in your mind that until Christ died on the Cross, the only people who had any right to call upon God were the Jews, and the only way that an individual could call upon God if he were not a Jew was to become what we refer to as a “Jewish proselyte.” But the Apostle Paul said, in Romans, chapter 10, verses 12-13, that the Scriptures said that a day would come when all men everywhere, regardless of who they were, would be able to call upon the name of the Lord.

Revival In the Tribulation

You read in Joel, chapter 2, verse 28:

Joel 2

28And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come.
32And it shall come to pass, [notice carefully now] that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

You need to think carefully about this passage of Scripture in the book of Joel. Remember that the Apostle Peter made reference to it on the day of Pentecost, saying that it had a twofold fulfillment. It has a partial fulfillment in this Age of Grace, for anywhere men can call upon the name of the Lord and be saved. But this passage of Scripture will not be fulfilled in its entirety until that period of time described when the wonders of Heaven, blood and fire, and pillars of smoke transpire. That period of time is known as the Tribulation. In the Tribulation the greatest revival that this world has ever seen will occur. Multitudes of people from every tribe, kindred, tongue and nation will call upon the name of the Lord.

The Age of the Gentiles

Go back to Romans, chapter 10, with me, and reread the passage of Scripture that I read:

Romans 10

19But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.

Here Paul quotes from the books of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy. You will keep in mind that our Bibles make the distinction in the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy; but the Scriptures do not make that distinction. They call the first five books of the Bible the “books of Moses.” So Paul said in the book of Moses, chapter 32, verse 21:

Deuteronomy 32

21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

These phrases may not mean much to you, but if you will keep in mind that in the eyes of the Jews, the Gentiles were nothing. They were dogs. In the eyes of the Jews, the Gentiles were a foolish people. Way back here when Moses was speaking to the nation of Israel he said, “You are going to disobey God, and when you do, God is going to move you out of the land, set you on a sidetrack and bring in a people that is no people and bring in a foolish people to make you jealous, to make you realize how very much you have missed by being disobedient to God.” There can be no question but what this age is the age of the Gentiles when God is calling out a people for His name.

Let us let Paul speak to us one more time from chapter 10 of the book of Romans, verse 20, where he said:

Romans 10

20But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Paul is quoting from the book of Isaiah. “Esaias” is the Greek form of the Hebrew word “Isaiah.” In Isaiah, chapter 65, the Apostle Paul, being very familiar with Old Testament Scriptures, having sat at the foot of Gamaliel, one of the greatest Hebrew scholars there was, was able by the Spirit of God to take the Scriptures with which he was familiar and make application of them to the truth of the hour. You will notice in verse 1 of Isaiah, chapter 65, practically the same words:

Isaiah 65

1I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

Israel was called by the name of God. God turned His back on the nation of Israel and extended His arms to a nation that had not been called by His name, the nation of the Gentiles. Ruth, a Gentile, became the bride of Boaz, typifying the fact that during this Age of Grace in which we live God is making up a Ruth for a Boaz. He is making a Bride for Christ. This we said is emphasized in the Word of God not only from prophecy, but from parable as well.

The Parable of the Husbandman

We ask you to turn with us to the Gospel according to Matthew and notice two of many parables that we might consider together. This parable at which we are going to look first, we would suggest to you, has survived a great deal of poor exposition, a great deal of poor preaching. As I have said to you before, one reason we know that the Bible is the Word of God is that it has survived so much poor interpretation; it has survived so much poor preaching. If I were to ask you to think with me of the many different kinds of sermons which you have heard from this particular parable without the interpretation, I am quite sure that we could take the rest of the time to hear what you have to say. But listen carefully to the parable. We read in verse 33:

Matthew 21

33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

The householder in this verse is God. The vineyard which He planted was the land that flowed with milk and honey into which He brought the nation of Israel, who are the husbandmen in this particular parable, and then he went away and left them to themselves, so to speak.

Matthew 21

34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

Here we have a reference to the Spiritual leaders of Israel who came to draw the people back to God and collect the fruit that was rightfully God's because He was the owner of the vineyard. No specific men are in mind, save the early men who followed Moses and Joshua, men not well known, men such as Nathan, the prophet, and women such as Deborah. They were the leaders who were mistreated by the nation of Israel.

Matthew 21

36Again, he [God] sent other servants more than the first: and they [the nation of Israel] did unto them likewise.

They sawed Jeremiah asunder. They put Israel in the stocks.

Matthew 21

37But last of all he [God] sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son [Jesus Christ] .
38But when the husbandmen saw the son [Jesus Christ] , they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
39And they [the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Herodians of that day] caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

He was slain outside the city wall on a hill called Golgotha.

Matthew 21

40When the lord [Jehovah] therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
41They say unto him [here the disciples are answering. This is sort of a class. He told a story.] , He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
42Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures [the Old Testament] , The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
43Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

There it is in parable. This parable doesn't teach that if you don't do what you ought to do with the talent you have God will take it away from you and give it to someone else. It is teaching that God set the nation of Israel to one side and gave the Gentiles the opportunity and the privilege of declaring the whole council of God.

The Parable of the Marriage Supper

Notice another parable in chapter 22. Here again we have one that is much misapplied, and it is misunderstood and has become the basis of warped theology because they have not interpreted it in the light of the context.

Matthew 22

1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king [God] , which made a marriage for his son [Jesus] ,
3And sent forth his servants [the prophets and the voices of Israel] to call them that were bidden [the Jewish nation] to the wedding: and they would not come.
4Again, he sent forth other servants [Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the others] , saying, Tell them which are bidden [the Jewish nation] , Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

That is what John the Baptist declared: “The kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 22

5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

You see the problem you have right here of making this parable represent the Gospel invitation. You have heard this parable used as a basis, I am sure, for a sermon on the Gospel invitation: “Come to the wedding,” and then you have heard some remarks about the excuses people made. “They made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.” But have you ever heard anyone use the excuse that the remnant took his servants and treated them spitefully and slew them? You never heard that because it just doesn't apply to this Gospel Age. This refers to what the Jews did. What did they do? They took John the Baptist and slew him. Oh, yes, I know Herod was responsible, but Herod was but the tool.

Matthew 22

7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth [that is, when God heard thereof, He was wroth] : and he sent forth his armies [the armies of Rome] , and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

Why were they called His armies? Because God uses armies of the world to accomplish His purpose. Cyrus, the Persian, is called the “servant of God.” God even named him several hundred years before he was born. Cyrus was a heathen of the worst kind, yet God called him His servant. That is, He used him–his armies, the armies of Rome–and destroyed those murderers and burned up their city.

Titus completely laid waste the city of Jerusalem. Then said He to His servants, Peter and James and John and Paul and the others:

Matthew 22

8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

They don't have to be members of the commonwealth of Israel. Anyone will do.

Matthew 22

10So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

The invitation was universal. Before it had only been the the Jews. Now it was universal. But that is not all the parable. Here is where the Gospel comes in.

Matthew 22

11And when the king [God] came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

You say, “That's a strange thing. What did He mean?” It was the custom in that day when folk were invited to weddings for them to wear a wedding garment provided by the host. They didn't have to buy it themselves. It was provided by the host. When anyone would go to the wedding and not wear the garment provided by the host, it was an open insult to the host. So the host came in in verse 12, and he said:

Matthew 22

12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

“How come you don't have on a wedding garment?” He was speechless, speechless because there wasn't anything he could say. He couldn't say, “I didn't have one; I couldn't afford one.”

Matthew 22

13Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14For many are called, but few are chosen.

That does not mean that you lose your salvation. It is very plain. If you don't have on the wedding garment, you can have no place at the wedding feast. You get your garment before the feast actually begins.

Christianity Rooted In the Old Testament

Our time is nearly gone, but I would like to take just a few moments to suggest that we look at this truth, God taking a people out of the Gentiles for His name, as it is illustrated by some pictures that might fix themselves more firmly in your mind. Turn to Romans, chapter 11, and notice what the Apostle Paul has to say in the paragraph which begins with verse 17. He brings to your mind an olive tree that had borne fruit, a tame olive tree, a cultivated olive tree, but it got to where it wasn't bearing any fruit. Something had to be done. So in verse 17, some of the branches were broken off. That is, Israel, representing the branches of the tame olive tree, were broken off. Paul said:

Romans 11

17And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

You see, our religion, Beloved, even though we call it “Christianity,” is a Judaistic religion. It has its roots in the Old Testament, which is very definitely a Jewish book. It has its fatness in the New Testament, which is primarily a Jewish book in the sense that it was written in the majority by Jewish authors. So Paul said, “You Gentiles, wild olive branches, were grafted in; but the fruit that you bear, you are actually bearing because you are grafted in to the root and the fatness of the olive tree.” Then he offers the advice:

Romans 11

18Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Don't talk critically of the Jews. You are forgetting that you are but a branch.

Romans 11

19Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

This is what every person who says God is through with the Jews is actually saying. “Those tame branches were broken off and we have been grafted in. God is through with them. Don't talk about the second coming of Christ. Don't talk about the establishment of the kingdom. Don't talk about the Jews returning to Palestine. They were all broken off the tree. We Gentiles were grafted in.” Notice what Paul says in verse 20:

Romans 11

20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

He is not talking to individuals. He is talking to the Gentiles as a whole. Israel lost her place of privilege. Gentile, you are going to lose your place of privilege, too.

Romans 11

22Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity [Israel] ; but toward thee [Gentile] , goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou [Gentile] also shalt be cut off.
23And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

Until the Fullness of the Gentiles

Then having given the picture, he makes the statement:

Romans 11

25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Another way of explaining it is “until the Gentile bride is fully acquired.” Individuals make up the bride of Christ, and when the last person–God knows who that person is–who is to make up the Bride of Christ is saved, then the fullness of the Gentiles will have reached its peak, and Israel will be put back on the main line again.

When you have time, read what is recorded in I Peter, chapter 2. There you are told that you are stones which God is very carefully fitting together in this age to prepare a temple for Himself. You are told that you are a nation of kings and of priests who offer our praises unto God.

Beloved, Naomi found time to go home, and when she did, she took with her a bride for Boaz. In our next lesson, we are going to learn how Naomi's return to Bethlehem is an illustration of the Jews return to their homeland and eventually to their king.

Prayer

Grant, Father, that ministry of the word by the Holy Spirit that will be effective. That which may have represented the vain vaporizings of men, may it be dismissed and the truth be held. For we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.


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