In Between Two Worlds – Part 2
When we enter into a grocery store, a school, or perhaps a government office building we expect reasonable order and predictable ways of doing things. We do this all the time, and maybe we take order and predictability for granted.
But suppose you were to go into a grocery store and find canned goods mixed in with soaps and detergents, meat in the vegetable department, milk and cheese where bread and cookies belong. Boxes of stock are stacked in the aisles and no one is manning the checkout lines.
No doubt you would think, “What is going on here?” and “Just who is in charge?”
Last week we started a sermon series on the book of Ruth. We saw that this short, but important book of the Bible takes place in a time of great chaos, the time of the judges of Israel, when “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” It seemed to be a time of the sovereignty of the self. It was what one writer has called a “gray zone” between two eras, in this case between the time of the judges and the coming of kingship in Israel. The book of Ruth presents us a picture of how God’s people can live righteous lives in very unrighteous times, in a gray zone between eras.
Today we also seem to be in such a “gray zone.” The observation “everyone does what is right in their own eyes” seems to perfectly describe life today. Just look at the news every day.
No doubt we all come to think, “What is going on here?” “Just who is in charge?”
The second chapter of Ruth begins to answer these questions, not just for the time of Israel’s judges, but also for our own time as well. Join us this Sundayfor a deep dig into God’s Word in the book of Ruth.
There are no Treasure Seekers groups this Sunday. Children are of course welcome to ICF Delft services. If you bring your child(ren) to the service, would you like to bring them an activity, perhaps a book? The Discoverers room at the far end of the building is expected to be open for a self-supervised creche.A prayer idea is to ask your children to think about one situation where they might seem to be obeying God on the outside (like Saul), but their heart is not really in it. They might be doing this to make their parents or teachers happy. Encourage them to pray, asking God to change their hearts so that they would not only hear God’s word, but wholeheartedly obey it. The following Sunday 6 August there are also no Treasure Seekers groups planned.
Location:New Church Delft