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Laying the Correct Spiritual Foundation for Your Family Pt. 1
By Julie Ferwerda
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torahIt was purely "accidental" that I discovered a new approach to Scriptures this past year that has totally revolutionized my understanding of the bigger picture of God's plan for the ages portrayed throughout the Bible. And through my studies, I realized that I totally missed out on laying the correct Biblical foundation that my children desperately needed in order to make sense of it all.

The discovery? Learning the crucial early Jewish perspectives on the Old Testament, particularly Genesis through Deuteronomy. There's a treasure chest of learning to be unearthed by returning to the original teachings and oracles of which many (most?) modern day believers and teachers are unaware. But I believe in the "last days," God is leading His children back to their roots of understanding so that we might be prepared for the days to come.

This truth is pictured in the book of Ruth where I believe we find a story of the last days Church, leading up to and during the return of Christ. Boaz, the kinsman redeemer, is a Christ-type. Ruth is a Church-type, a Gentile "bride" from Moab. She follows her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Israel to the fields of Boaz where she ultimately meets her bridegroom. This can be likened to the Gentile Church/Bride following the Holy Spirit to the spiritual fields of her Bridegroom. We see Boaz giving instructions to Ruth that she should only glean and eat from the fields of Israel:

"Then Boaz said to Ruth, 'Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids. Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw'" (Ruth 2:8-9).

We must understand that this is not about going back to literal Israel, modern Judaism, or about converting oneself to become a physical Jew. It is about learning the spiritual applications (sustenance) of Scriptures as God intended them when He gave them to His "spiritual Israel," or those who were His true followers. Throughout the Millennia, the majority of physical Israel has not merited being considered spiritual Israel because of disobedience and unbelief. But God has promised to always preserve a remnant of spiritual Israel that can teach us the oracles of God the way He intended them. Paul says in Romans 2:28-29,

"For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God."

Quite interestingly, Jewish oral tradition says that Ruth and Boaz were married on a year of Jubilee. Jubilee was a great year of celebration every fifty years when debts were cancelled, slaves were freed, land was returned to original owners, and everyone celebrated in freedom and joy! Many  Messianic Jewish teachers believe that Jesus will return to claim His Bride on a future year of Jubilee.

In the next entry, we will explore a couple helpful early Biblical Jewish perspectives as well as list some excellent resources for families to begin returning to a correct understanding of the Old Testament. As you get started on your journey as a family, you will be amazed at the beautiful meaning and rich depth contained in books that once seemed impossible to make sense out of!

See you in a couple days!

About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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