Reflections on the Holy Scripture

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This verse is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it opens up with a commandment to listen, and the sense of hearing is generally the sense that God seems to favor. Second, though, it introduces the following phrase:

Forget your own people also, and your father’s house

This reminds me of someone else in the Old Testament: Ruth. She was a Moabitess, yet she left both her people and her family for the sake of Naomi. Classically, Ruth is considered to be a type of the Church, and Boaz of Jesus. If we apply this verse to the Church, it seems to have an interesting implication.

It seems to me that a part of following Jesus is surrendering our nationality and our culture. When we choose to follow Him, those things cease to ultimately matter. The Scripture still says to obey the law of the land of course, but it would be as a testimony to others, not because we are American or Asian or African.

When we choose to follow God, we become Christians. We become the Way, as Acts puts it.