23 and He: Ruth

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Have you ever come across a long list of names in the Bible and you just stop reading? All those hard-to-pronounce names can be overwhelming, right? We may be tempted to skip over the genealogies, but they're in there for a reason. If we dig a little deeper, we notice certain names are included while others seem to be left out. Oftentimes, the people mentioned have surprising stories! Before we move into the Advent season, we're going to take some time to look at Jesus' genealogy and why Matthew, in particular, includes certain names. These stories are scandalous and maybe not the relatives you think would be mentioned. We all have relatives we may not admit to knowing or sharing genetics with! This week, we start with Ruth. Why does Ruth’s story effect who Jesus is? And, how is Matthew helping us better understand Jesus by knowing where he came from?

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