imagesThe Bible describes Moabites as Proud and arrogant. Isa 16:6; Jer 48:29.; Idolatrous. 1 Ki 11:7; Superstitious. Jer 27:3, 9; Rich and confident. Jer 48:7; Prosperous and at ease. Jer 48:11; Mighty men of war. Jer 48:14. The Moabites tempted Israel with idolatry Nu 25:1–3; Israel was to stay away from them politically De 23:6. The Moabites were excluded from the congregation of Israel forever. De 23:3, 4; Ne 13:1, 2. The Moabites are found in prophesies promising, Terror on account of Israel. Ex 15:15; Their Desolation and grief. Isa 15:1–9; 16:2–11; Their Inability to avert destruction. Isa 16:12; They would be destroyed in three years. Isa 16:13, 14; They would be captives in Babylon. Jer 27:3, 8; 48:7; Their desolation as a punishment for their hatred of Israel. Jer 48:26, 27; Eze 25:8, 9

(Deuteronomy 23:3–6, ESV)… ““No Ammonite or Moabite may enter the assembly of the LORD. Even to the tenth generation, none of them may enter the assembly of the LORD forever, because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way, when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. But the LORD your God would not listen to Balaam; instead the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD your God loved you. You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever.”

Ne 13:1–3… On that same day, as the Book of Moses was being read to the people, the passage was found that said no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be permitted to enter the assembly of God. 2 For they had not provided the Israelites with food and water in the wilderness. Instead, they hired Balaam to curse them, though our God turned the curse into a blessing. 3 When this passage of the Law was read, all those of foreign descent were immediately excluded from the assembly.

Ruth, because of its spin and political nature, would not find much favor in the eyes of fox news. Should we just call a spade a spade after reading these passages and admit that the book of Ruth is actually just a book of liberal compromise?

By just being a Moabite you were nothing. One who did not belong in and among Gods kingdom people. A Moabite was an outcast, they, like me, “were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” and “separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.”

Moabites similar to homosexuals were despised among the community of God. What lessons could we learn about the nature of God’s (and His community’s) redeeming grace and loving kindness or “khesed” as displayed in the book of Ruth toward a Moabite woman (in the lineage of David and Jesus) that could help us change the way we handle fellowship with those who are homosexual believers and unbelievers? How are you and I any different than Ruth?

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