Nourish Your Biblical Roots Podcast
Explore the ancient Jewish roots of Christianity and their relevance to your life today with podcast host Yael Eckstein, President and CEO of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Join Yael from the Holy Land as she shares spiritual insights, lessons from the Torah, and conversations about life in Israel. This podcast will take you on a unique journey through the Bible that will deepen your personal connection with Israel and offer you inspirational insights into your Christian faith.
What if you were asked to name the most important quality in a person of faith? What would you say? Honesty? Purity? Compassion? Scripture actually has an answer to this question. In honor of the Jewish holiday Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, better known to Christian by its Greek name, Pentecost, we’ll learn about the one quality that can take our faith to the next level. The biblical figure Ruth demonstrated this quality when she followed her mother-in-law Naomi back to Israel and joined the Jewish people. So did the nation of Israel when they accepted God’s Torah unconditionally at the foot of Mt. Sinai. In today’s podcast, host Yael Eckstein will explain how both these biblical stories connect to the holiday of Shavuot, which is celebrated this week, and why the quality of unconditional commitment — or commitedness — to God and His Word matters the most.
This week’s parshah, the Torah portion read and studied by Jews around the world each week, is from the Book of Ruth, which is read on the Jewish holiday, Shavuot, better known to Christians as Pentecost. In today’s study, host Yael Eckstein focuses on Ruth 1:16-18: “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. 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.’ When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.” These verses are the famous words of loyalty and commitedness that Ruth spoke to her mother-in-law when Naomi tried to dissuade her daughter-in-law from returning with her to the Holy Land.
In today’s episode, Yael explores how Ruth’s commitment to God and His Word is a foundational quality for any person of faith. Ruth’s story is the Bible story Jews read every Shavuot, and Yael shows the powerful connection to the holiday, which marks the day when the nation of Israel entered into an eternal covenant with God by accepting His Torah. Similarly, Ruth demonstrated the same commitment to God and His Word when she persisted and joined her mother-in-law and the Jewish people.
Commitment to God is a major theme of Shavuot, and Yael discusses how unconditional commitment is the key component in any strong relationship – including her own marriage. The holiday of Shavuot is a time to celebrate God’s Word, and it is also a time to recommit ourselves to Him.
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