Today’s Scripture: An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever: Deuteronomy 23:3
God called Abram to leave his homeland and go to a place He would show him. Abraham’s nephew, Lot, joined him on his journey. Soon, Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen were fighting because of the lack of food. Abraham said they should split to resolve the conflict and offered Lot the choice of picking where he wanted to go. Lot saw the bountiful resources in the plain of Jordan and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
Soon after, Lot was living in Sodom, and God came and rescued him before He destroyed it. Lot’s daughters later intoxicated him and lay with him because they had no husbands. They each bore a son; the elder named her child Moab, and the younger, Benammi. These were the fathers of the Moabites and the Ammonites.
God saw their wickedness and commanded that their descendants should not come into the Israelites until their tenth generation. Ruth was a Moabitess, but she declared that she would go with Naomi back to Israel. Naomi realized that she would probably not be accepted, and maybe that is why she urged her daughter-in-laws to return to Moab. However, Ruth would not be deterred. Ruth later married Boaz, and had a son, Obed. Obed was the grandfather of David. Not only was Ruth able to become an Israelite, but she also became the great-grandmother of King David and is in the genealogy of Christ.
God had said a Moabite and an Ammonite should not enter God’s people even to their tenth generation. But when the time was fulfilled, God welcomed Ruth with open arms – even including her in the bloodline of our Savior. Through the genealogy of Christ, we can see that God kept His Word. According to the genealogies in Matthew and Luke, from the time of Abraham until the time of Salmon, Boaz’s father, there were ten generations. However, Boaz was the eleventh generation and Ruth could become an Israelite because God’s Word had been fulfilled.
Just as God’s Word regarding the number of generations was true, we can rely on His Word to stand true in every area of life. God is all-knowing, and He has a reason for the things He has said. We can stand on God’s Word and be confident that what God has said is right.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder