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What is a Goel?

What does it have to do with Christmas?

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Goel:

Goel (go’el) is a Hebrew term which comes from the word lig’ol (“to redeem”), hence meaning “redeemer”, which in the Bible and the rabbinical tradition denotes a person who as the nearest relative of another is charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs.

In the Authorized King James Bible, it is rendered

“kinsman”, “redeemer” and “avenger”.

In ancient Hebrew customs exists the Law of Goel.

In the event a woman looses her husband to death, the kinsman of that husband (uncle, brother etc…) can marry that woman, becomes one with her and makes her fruitful to redeem the family name.

A Goel is mentioned several times in the Bible.

The first, Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38.

One of the more famous stories featuring a Goel is in the

Book of Ruth.

I would suggest you read this book of the Bible.

It is only 4 chapters long.

Even though I am using a lot of scripture to tell this story,

I am only paraphrasing here:

The story takes place in Bethlehem.

Ruth was a Moabite who marries into an Israelite family.

Ruth’s husband dies.

Rather than returning to her homeland and family,

Ruth chooses to stay with her husband’s mother, Naomi.

(Naomi is also a widow)

Ruth tells Naomi this:

Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.     Ruth 1:16-17

One day, Ruth went to pick up leftover grain from

a land owner’s field for food.

And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” 

Ruth 2:2

Boaz, the land owner, noticed Ruth and asked who she was.

Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?” The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.” Ruth 2:5-7

Boaz greeted her, fed her bread and told her she could work in the fields with his workers and they will not harm her.

Ruth asked Boaz, “Why are you doing this?”

Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”   Ruth2:11-12

Ruth returned excited to share with Naomi the day’s events.

Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.

Noami realized that this was family.

Boaz was a kinsmen.

“The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added,

“That man is our close relative;

             he is one of our guardian-redeemers.             

Ruth 2:20

A Goel.

So after a while, Noami instructs Ruth to do this:

One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”

 Ruth obeyed and followed Naomi’s instruction.

“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.

Amazing right?

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This is what happens later that night.

When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!

“Who are you?” he asked.

Someone (Ruth) was laying at Boaz’s feet when he wakes

up in the middle of the night.

All he appears to say is…

Who are you?

“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”

“The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.” Ruth 3:1-12

Boaz went to ten elders of the town and discussed his desire

to redeem Ruth.

It was complete.

Boaz and Ruth married.

Ruth later conceived and gave birth to a son, Obed.

Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

Ruth 4:14-17

The ultimate Goel was born in Bethlehem.

In a manger.


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Jesus is our Goel.

Our Redeemer.

Our Kinsman.

Our Avenger.

God entered the line of man and creation to redeem our lives.

Jesus, Goel’s our lives from the pit and death.

We become His bride.

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Jesus marries us.

Paul says it like this in 2 Corinthians 11:2;

For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.

He becomes one with us (through His Spirit)

and He makes us fruitful.

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A beautiful love story.

A beautiful story of love.

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Noel, our Goel!

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What a gift He has given!

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Matthew 24 – Part 5

This week  in Matthew 24 – Part 5

we will be digging into Matthew 24:26-30,

but first, let’s recap the first 25 verses of Matthew 24.

So far, in red letter scripture, Jesus has told His

disciples the things that are to come at the “end of the age”.

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of particular things that Christ followers

“should” recognize and be prepared to experience.

To summarize briefly:

First and foremost on this list,  don’t be deceived.

There will be wars and rumors of war.

Nation will rise and nation, kingdom against kingdom.

famine, earthquakes, persecution, death, betrayal,

hatred, a great falling away, increased wickedness,

love of most will grow cold,

false prophets, false messiahs, and more deception.

There will be signs and wonders.

(that does not necessarily make someone holy or righteous)

The abomination who causes desolation enters the scene.

People flee the Holy City and head to the mountains.

Jesus calls this season of time,

“the greatest distress to ever come to the world”.

And finally, “stand firm” because He (Jesus) has warned you.

What else could possibly happen

Let’s look at verse 26 and find out.

26“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go

out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.

27For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west,

so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 

Jesus is basically saying here…

Stay put.

Do not go out…don’t follow…do not believe

what you are hearing or seeing.

Jesus just said (another way)

Don’t be deceived!

How many times and how many ways has Jesus said that already in the previous 25 other verses of this scripture?

I’m thinking that Jesus does not want us to be deceived.

For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

What does this mean?

When the Son of Man returns, we will definitely know it!

There will be no doubt or question about, who He is.

Jesus will not be in an inner room to be seen by a few.

He will be seen by all.

He will come to you.

His return will be as quick, bright and powerful as the

lightning in the sky when He returns in the clouds above us.

When this happens, will it be too late for many to change

their mind and call upon His name?

Will Jesus receive the lost in those final moments

if true repentance is in their heart?

28Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

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Did You Know?

Vultures have incredibly keen eyesight.

Vultures can discern their next meal from an enormous distance.

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(if they are on the open plains)

Vultures quickly gather where their next meal is.

God created them with unique enzymes and digestive tract

 that allows them to devour their less than appetizing,

germ infested meals and never get ill.

Questions to ponder:

Will the “spiritually dead”

 (those not in relationship with Christ)…

gather for the false “messiah”?

follow the wrong “savior”?

be eventually devoured by the enemy?

loose their life for an eternity?

Christ knows those who are “alive in Him”

and those who are not.

Christ’s coming will quickly be discerned by all men.

Christ will draw all men to Him.

Believers received.

Those who chose to never repent,

 will be judged and returned to the enemy

for their eternity separated from God.

Are you personally ready for His return?

FYI…Now is not the time to be doing your best

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What about the “lukewarm”?

This was the message sent to the Church of Laodicea

in Revelation 3:15-17:

‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked

I will spit you out of My mouth.

Doesn’t sound good for the lukewarm either.

Now is the time to repent and get our “spiritual house” in order.

Time to return to the one true God.

Time to love God with all your heart, all your soul

and all your strength as well as loving your neighbor as yourself.

“There is no other commandment greater than these”

Mark 12:30-31

Another FYI…getting your “spiritual house” in order also requires

forgiving others who have hurt, offended, wounded you as well

as those who fight, bully and argue with you.

(This is what the Bible says…not me.)

But if you do not forgive others,

your Father will not forgive you your sins.

Mark 6:15

Back to Matthew 24…

29Immediately after the distress of those days “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

Don’t look at me that way…

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Jesus is very clear here.

Immediately, after those days,

(after all the stuff listed above Matthew 24:29)

something happens in the heavens.

Do we (Christians) see these things happen?

(I see no where in the Bible that says we do not)

The sun and moon darkens.

Stars fall and heavenly bodies shake.

New Testament Luke wrote this in Acts 2:19-21  and I will grant wonders in the sky above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke. ‘ The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come. ‘And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved…

New Testament Mark 13:24-25 says this: “But in those days, following that distress, “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’

Old Testament Joel spoke about the same thing in chapter 2: 30-31. “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke. “The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the LORD Will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem There will be those who escape, As the LORD has said, Even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

Is this be a lunar event affectionately named by

NASA,  a Blood Moon?

The sun does darken.

The moon does appear to look like blood.

(After all, that is why it was named a “Blood Moon”)

If you haven’t heard about these events, read my blog about them.


This particular set of celestial events come to a close on 9/28/15.

Another Tetrad that falls on Jewish Feasts is not scheduled

to happen for hundreds of years.

Maybe it is just not that simple.

What other type of events could also cause the

sun to darken and moon to appear as blood?

The list is a little daunting to type.

The smothering dust particles from massive super

volcanoes (like Yellowstone) exploding  certainly could

darken our skies for a very long time.

So couldn’t multiple, simultaneous, BIG, massive earthquakes also?

What about large astroids (stars) or meteors falling from the sky

and hitting earth?

(You know that has happened before)



Look at what happens in Revelation 16:17-21:

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!”  Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake.  The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.  Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.  From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.

By the way…

We haven’t even discussed bombs and nuclear weapons.

Wouldn’t massive amounts dust particles surely be flying through the earth’s atmosphere with any of these big events?

Certainly, any could cause the sun to appear to

be darkened and the moon as blood.

Whatever happens, it looks like Matthew 24 and Mark 13

line up with what is going on in Revelation 6.

This is called the 6th seal.

I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places

Revelation 6:12-14

A sun black as sackcloth, the moon became like blood, stars falling from the sky, mountains and islands moved out of their places.

This is a little different from Revelation 16.

Revelation 16 says,

“Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.”

Two separate events?

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 exactly what will happen.

But…the Bible says (in numerous places) it will happen!

So I believe it.

Do you?

We will just have to wait this one out to see

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(Wow…it appears we are all still here to see that also.)

30Then will appear the sign…

Another sign.

What is this sign?

Ok…stay with me.

We will discuss it next blog.

We are getting close to the end…literally.


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In Matthew 1:18 – 25 , the heading above the scripture reads,

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son


This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.  But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 


There are so many places we could go with this scripture but today but…

I feel lead to talk about Joseph.

Joseph and the unique position he was placed in by God himself.

A unique and difficult position.

This was not quite the scenario Joseph had expected when he asked for Mary’s hand in marriage.

What feelings did he battle before he was visited by the angel?

After the angel’s visit?

Joseph loved Mary.

Joseph wanted to marry…Mary.


Now, she is pregnant.

Pregnant with someone else’s child.

How could she do that to me?  I loved her.

Why would she betray me? I am a good person.

How could she show me so little respect ?

Why would she intentionally hurt me like this?

I certainly don’t deserve this type of treatment.

How embarrassing.

What will the neighbors think?

What will the synagogue think?

What will the Rabbi think?

I could stone her.

I could expose her.

I could disgrace her.

I could divorce her.

I will swallow my pride.

I will set aside my hurt, offense, embarrassment and insecurities.

I will choose to listen (to the angel –  not what is going on in my head).

I will forgive (Mary and God for putting me in this situation).

I will choose to love (Mary and her unborn child).

I will choose to believe (God’s plan and purpose).


I will name our son, Jesus.

‘Tis the season to:

Swallow pride.

Set aside hurt, offense, embarrassment and insecurities.

Choose to forgive, love and believe.

Forgiveness was born in a manger.

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behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:8

The gift of forgiveness for you to receive from Him.

Forgiveness for you…to then give to others.

It all begins with a choice.

Because Jesus chose to forgive me…

I choose to forgive ______________.

Listen to “Joseph’s Lullaby” by MercyMe below.