Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ruth And Her Worship Experience



Ruth 4:14-22

The Story

After the redemption was concluded and the marriage was finished, a time of worship began.

God established the plan that brought Ruth and Boaz together, and He is exalted because of it (14).

The child that Ruth and Boaz had together was named "Obed". This is a name that means "Worshiping". This son firmly fixed Ruth's place in Israel! Ruth's redemption gave her legal standing in the courthouse records, but this child gave her a connection with the royal family! Obed was King David's grandfather! This made Ruth David's great-grandmother! But, better than that, she is named in Matt. 1:5 as one of the ancestresses of Jesus Christ! This little boy changed everything for Ruth!

Lessons

May we never forget that all we have in Jesus is because of God's eternal decree (Rev. 13:8). And that He is worthy to be praised because of it (Rev. 4:1-11, Rev. 5:8-14)!

Genuine worship will always erupt out of a personal relationship with the Son of God! When we know Him, we know One Who is The Restorer of Life and the Nourisher of all Ages! If we know Him, we should rejoice in that fact! If we do not know Him, then we need to know that we can, and to know Him changes everything (1 John 5:12)!

Remember Ruth, God changed everything for her.

- End of Ruth

Ruth And Her Wedding Experience


Ruth 4:13

The Story

Boaz saw his plan completed when Ruth was redeemed and when she became his bride. He paid the price for her because of his love for her and he was magnified as a result (4:11-12).

In spite of her past, Ruth was accepted in Boaz! When she was redeemed, a legal transaction took place (4:1-11). Boaz was the Redeemer and Ruth had been forever redeemed from her past!

Lessons

The LORD Jesus Christ will return for His bride (1 Cor. 15:51-52, 1 The. 4:16-17, Rev. 19:1-9). He will catch His people away and see His plan completed when they are safe with Him in glory! So, if we are saved, we are going home! On that day, He will receive all the praise He is worthy of today!

In Jesus, and through His blood, we are accepted (Eph. 1:6). The Bible reminds us that in spite of what we were, in Jesus we have been forever redeemed (1 Cor. 6:9-11, 1 Pet. 1:18-19). His grace has changed everything for those who trust in Him for salvation (Eph. 2:8-9, 12-18). We have the Lord Himself, seated at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25). We have an Advocate in heaven Who bears in His body the marks of the cross (1 John 2:1, Rev. 5:6). In spite of what we were, and still are at times, we are going to stand in Heavenly places by His grace!

Remember Ruth, she was redeemed and she became Boaz's wife.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ruth And Her Waiting Experience



Ruth 3:9-18

The Story

Ruth Waited By Faith (13) : Boaz told her to "stay this night." His promise to her was that when morning came, he would see to her redemption one way or another.

Ruth Waited At His Feet (14) : Ruth spent the night at the feet of Boaz just as she had been instructed! She knew that he would do just what he promised!

Lessons
  • We are to wait patiently upon our Heavenly Boaz to see to the needs of life! No matter how dark the way becomes, remember that when the morning comes, He will meet all the needs of life (Psalm 30:5).
  • Jesus Christ is a refuge from the stormy winds and raging seas of life (Psalm 61:1-4, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 62:7-8)! There is no better place for the suffering saint to be than near His feet. Stay in that place where we can feel His closeness. Until He comes, mark ourselves off a place at His feet and determine in our heart that we will be moved by nothing this life throws at us!.
Remember Ruth, she waited by faith at the feet of Boaz.

Friday, June 19, 2009

The People Rejoice



Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
After the deal was made with the near kinsman and redemption was accomplished, the people gathered there began to rejoice :
  • They elevated Ruth's standing. They compared Ruth with Leah and Rachel, the wives of Jacob who gave birth to the twelve sons of Jacob, and in effect, all of Israel.
  • They praised Boaz for what he had done in the life of Ruth.
Lessons
After sinners come to Jesus for redemption, the people rejoice :
  • They elevate their standing. They are transformed from sinners into saints. They are no longer outcasts from God, but now God has called them His sons (1 John 3:1-2).
  • They praise the LORD Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of their faith, who has paid the ultimate price for their redemption.
Remember the people, they elevated Ruth's standing and praise Boaz for her redemption.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The LORD Jesus Christ Is The Savior



Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
Boaz told Ruth that there was one problem with his plan to redeem her: there was a closer kin than Boaz in town who must have the first shot at her redemption.

Boaz met with the near kinsman. He was willing to redeem the land. But when he heard that he must also marry Ruth and raise up children in the name of her dead husband, he backed away from the deal and declared himself unable to redeem. And he asked Boaz to redeem her.

Lessons
For christians, the nearer kinsman is the Law. It laid claims on us but was unable to redeem us. All that it could do was to condemn us as unworthy in its sight.

The Law made a feeble effort at redemption, but was unable to carry through to the end of the matter.

There are also other kinsmen out there who lay claims to us and try to redeem us. Things like the flesh, religion, good works, etc. They all make claims that they cannot keep.

Salvation is found in one palce and one place only. It is found in the Person of the LORD Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12. John 14:6, 8:24).

Remember Ruth, she found in Boaz the only qualified and willing savior.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Qualified and Willing Redeemer



Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
Before Ruth's redemption could be settled, she must find the kinsman redeemer.

According to Lev 25:25 and Deut 25:5-10, the kinsman redeemer
  • must be a near relative of the person redeemed
  • must be able to buy back the sold possession
  • must be willing to buy back the inheritance of his kinsman.
Boaz fulfilled all these requirements.

Lessons
The LORD Jesus Christ also fulfilled the necessary requirements to qualify as our Redeemer
  • He has a relationship to us (Phil 2:5-8)
  • He has the proper resources (Heb 7:25, Eph 3:20)
  • He was willing to pay the price for our redemption (Mark 10:45, John 18:37).
The LORD Jesus Christ alone is qualified to be the Redeemer of mankind!

Remember Ruth, she found in Boaz a qualified and willing redeemer.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Reassurancce Of Redemption By His Persistence



Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
When Ruth met her mother-in-law with Boaz's plentiful provisions, Naomi told her to sit tight because Boaz would not rest until he had finished her redemption.

Lessons
The children of God can rest in the sure knowledge that the LORD Jesus Christ will not rest until every single one of His children are home in glory (Heb 7:25, 1 Pet 1:5).

Remember Ruth, she asked for redemption and she was reassured by Boaz' persistence.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Reassurancce Of Redemption By His Provisions


Ruth 3:9-4:12

The Story
When Ruth left the threshing floor the next morning, she left with the promises of Boaz, and also loaded down with his plentiful provisions.

Everyone who saw her that day knew that she was blessed by Boaz.

Lessons
The LORD God gives His children many proofs that they are His (Psa 68:19).

His provisions are both internal (Rom 8:16, Heb 13:5, Eph 1:13-14) and external (Matt 6:25-33).

If we are His children, we will know His abundant blessings to us.

Remember Ruth, she asked for redemption and she received abundant provisions from Boaz.