They were good daughters-in-law. Why will you go with me? Naomi Again this is all about the preservation of descendants and their inheritance in future generations. our ‘kinsman-redeemer’ who paid (with his life) to redeem us. How is His love shown? Both Ruth and Naomi, destitute widows, are blessed by him. fields every day to gather left-over grain. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. And, behold, a woman lay at his feet. Festivities were beginning with great rejoicing. The need for redemption is made clear in the story and it is accomplished through two events happening. Now Ephesians 2:12 tells us that we were once lost... That at that time, we were without Christ, beings aliens, from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. The relationship between Ruth & Boaz is a model of love that is still making itself felt today. (and also thus marry Ruth). Please provide your details below. The Law of Moses, as a social safety net, had ordained harvesters to leave some grains behind in their fields so the impoverished could gather food. Here our Savior, the Lord Jesus, was born. 3. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, the Lord be with you. Boaz was Now, they took wives for themselves from the women of Moab. Ruth meets Boaz: Story of Boaz Ruth was very enterprising. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons” (Ruth 1:1). Lie down until the morning. As we said last week, the book of Ruth is a love story, and God in his providence orchestrated events so that Boaz and Ruth would meet, and Boaz offered kindness, protection and provision to Ruth while she harvested in his fields. Now, even today, we know that the royal families of Europe, including Britain, are descendant from Judah. Boaz has fallen in love–that's the story. If brothers dwell together and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family. Why would a Good God allow suffering and death? He back peddles a little bit. They are all faithful people of different nations and today the Father chooses who He wills to be the future bride of Christ. 4 "And I thought to inform you, saying, 'Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. He was an honorable man – the kind of man women want to marry. Why do you call me Naomi, since Jehovah has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me? So they sat down. That is how we are to be with people. Don't you love that, who dares mess with him? Ruth is grateful. We are betrothed to Jesus Christ. God has a throne of glory, a throne of government. Now Ruth is asking Boaz to fulfill the responsibility of being her kinsman redeemer. marriages: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. That gloomy era provides the setting for the most beautiful love story in the Bible, the story of Boaz and Ruth. It was then that Naomi decided to return back home to the land of Judah. This should be how we view things as well. If He wasn't human, he couldn't have been our kinsman. The book, in fact, bridges the gap in the genealogy of King David. The settle in the nearby country of Moab (today’s Jordan). He is passing them on to someone else who he thinks is worthy. It was a very important issue at that time. Boaz was surprised and pleased by Ruth’s request. And it happened at midnight, the man trembled and turned himself. Boaz wants to marry Ruth, but he is not the nearest kinsman; and he goes to the city gate because that's where justice is going to be administered. Ruth and Boaz! That is what she said...you are my kinsman redeemer. closer relative that had first rights to buy Naomi’s family’s fields Ruth, Boaz & Naomi Bible Lesson "I am Christ's" - 3rd in the "I am Incredible" Identity Series. Jesus Christ is not only descended from Ruth but in the NT, Like Boaz, calls and redeems His Bride, the Church, from all nations. ''But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;'' It was much like our time today I imagine. And she lived with her mother-in-law. The Lord be with you! The Bible describes us in a manner evoking Ruth when it says: I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’. Conclusion: Ruth, as a type of the church, and Boaz, as a type of Christ, clearly show us what sort of people we should be or must become! This mother-in-law turned matchmaker knows that Boaz is a kinsman. So Ruth continues gleaning in Boaz's field. Remember that phrase too, it means a lot... under your wings. So Ruth is a love story between Ruth and Boaz, but points us to the ultimate love story - God’s love for us. Someone has said, “You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving.” Boaz gave Ruth between 60 and 80 pounds of grain that was already prepared. Ruth is trusting in God. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. They brought an automatic penalty. sacrificially, so we do well to build our marriages on these same The book of Ruth is a true love story, but when truly analyzed, its meaning and depth go so much farther than the story of Ruth and Boaz. The book of Ruth starts with the life of Naomi. Thank God, Jesus was willing to come and pay our redemption price before we ever even gave Him the first thought, much less ever loved Him – Rev. It is viewed as a holy covenant between a man and a woman, a necessity for the divine plan to propagate the human race (Gen. 1:28), and so important that even the study of the Torah could be put aside to celebrate with and bring joy to a newly married couple. We could say the same thing to God, couldn't we? And he said, "I will redeem it.". Boaz is trusting in God. Here Naomi But right when the tragedy of Ruth's widowhood seems to be resolved into a beautiful love story, a big Blue Ridge boulder rolls out onto the state road of Ruth's life. The fifth and last theme is perhaps the major one. The fifth and last theme is perhaps the major one. Send inquiries regarding the operation of this Web site to . She did not wait for a man to care for her. God always seems to want to bless a righteous person's descendants as much as He can. And she happened to come upon a part of the field of Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. That was when the smaller barley harvest and wheat harvest were being brought in from the fields. we can build our marriages. So the marriage of Ruth to Boaz hung on So, love and marriage - or horse and carriage as some say - love and marriage as representative of God's relationship with his people is also a theme in the book of Ruth. The depth of this story is so powerful. and her husband with their two sons leave Israel to escape drought and Our focus will be on Ruth’s loyal love which goes far beyond the superficial contexts in which we sometimes use the word “love”. Naomi was from Bethlehem and moved to Moab with her husband Elimelek and two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. People are chosen to help God through eternity - people are chosen to help God bring the rest of humanity into salvation. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand and led them out of the house of Egypt. Just as the price And Boaz said to his servant who was set over the reapers, Whose young woman is this? When we come before God in total humility, He begins to grant us blessings and we come under His wings as well. Their first child was named Obed. Yesterday at Church we focused on the book of Ruth. And she came and gleaned in the field after the reapers. Simple but Powerful: What is the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice? Ruth 1:1-19a Naomi, Ruth, Boaz, and You. Hidden in the unlikely love story of a lowly Moabite widow and a gentleman of great strength and wealth is a beautiful picture of our Lord Jesus' relationship with the church. Israel and one of her daughters-in-law, Ruth, chooses to accompany her. “Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. In the third chapter of this love story, Ruth approached Boaz with the request that he become her kinsman-redeemer. It's an incredible opportunity which we have all been given by our kinsman redeemer, Jesus Christ. C. v. 10-18 The Pay Off – The plan worked and Boaz agreed to be the redeemer for Ruth and Naomi. Was Jesus the son of a Virgin, from the line of David? They were given statues to preserve each family's permanent inheritance. The book of Ruth is an analogy of Christ’s love for His people. Then, Elimelech, Naomi's husband died and she was left with her two sons. She instructs Ruth to boldly lay down by So he took off his sandal. Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not leave Judah, he will keep a firm grip on the command staff (that is the judicial staff - the right to judge) until the ultimate ruler comes and the nations obey Him. Going on in Jeremiah 31:33 it says of this new covenant, but this is a covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord, I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be My people. In fact in Genesis 38, you'll find it as a custom before the law of Moses. The most likely explanation is because she was a Moabite, not of Israel. There is another man who according to Hebrew custom has prior claim to marry Ruth. He is the husband in the story who protects, provides for and cares for his future bride as God is doing for us today. 1). Where does ‘Christ’ in Jesus Christ come from? They shall be of fine flour, they shall be baked with leaven, they are the first fruits of the Lord. How does a prostitue reveal the Good News of the Gospel? She arose with her daughters-in-law so that she might return from the country of Moab because she had heard in the country of Moab how the Lord had visited his people by giving them bread In other words the drought was now finished in Israel. And Ruth said, Do not beg me to leave you, to return from following after you. Her love for Him was evident!) As in all good but this is a covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord, I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts and I will be their God and they shall be My people. When he is told who it is, he grants her special favours in the gleaning process and tells her to stay in his fields. In fact when you look into this book, you'll find that it is, in fact, the perfect love story. ensures that Ruth is not harassed or molested by any of his crews. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have a husband also tonight, and should also bear sons, would you wait for them until they are grown? Because they would lose their inheritance. You see this love story between Ruth and her commitment to Naomi when Naomi told her, “You’re going to be poor and childless and a widow your whole life.” Deuteronomy 25:5, If brothers dwell together and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not be married to a stranger outside the family. Then she fell on her face and bowed herself to the ground... and said to him, Why have I found grace in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner? Ruth 1:7 Therefore she went out from the place from where she was and took her two daughters-in-law with her and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. That wedding is not The love "stronger than country"of Ruth for Naomi, the gracious figure of Boaz as he moves about the fields with a word of blessing for the reapers, the... //christianbookshelf.org/mcfadyen/introduction to the old testament/ruth.htm But right when the tragedy of Ruth's widowhood seems to be resolved into a beautiful love story, a big Blue Ridge boulder rolls out onto the state road of Ruth's life. But first notice: 1. Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, go return each to her mother's house, the Lord deal kindly with you as you have dealt kindly with the dead and with me. Ruth continues to glean in Boaz's fields until the harvest is over. The kinsman redeemer would be responsible for the continuation of families on ancestral lands in circumstances similar to what was described in Deuteronomy. Like Ruth who entered the land as one unloved, but then was shown love 33 However, each one of you also must love his wifeas he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Sermon Ruth 1:16-18 A Love Story. The Jewish community has always looked upon marriage as a sacred and divine institution. The name of one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. They did as they pleased. In Ephesians 1:7-8 it says, In Him we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound us in all wisdom and prudence. I am not going through the whole book, you can do that yourself, I just want to hit the highlights here. The testimony of the ancient Chinese. And they said, surely we will return with you to your people. Potent Simplicity: What is the significance of Jesus’ sacrifice? So here, Ruth is making a firm rejection of the gods of Moab and makes a definite, firm choice to follow Israel's God and be with God's people, Israel. For example, the theme of marriage occupies much of the story, but when viewed as an idealized romance between faithful Ruth and godly Boaz, the rich theology of this book passes right under the … Ruth 4:5 And Boaz said, In the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must buy also from the hand of Ruth of Moab, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. Boaz was surprised and pleased by Ruth’s request. picture of a mystical and spiritual love offered to you and me. Her love for Him was evident!) Though that would Ruth 4:17 cont... And they called his name Obed (which means servant). This is the point; she followed the true God, not the Moabite God. Their romance, marriage and family line resulted in offspring that today is the basis for our modern calendar, and global holidays like Christmas & Easter – not bad for a romance in a dusty village over 3000 years ago. But there is also a kinsman nearer than I. It has been made into several films. that Boaz paid to redeem Ruth paved the way for their wedding, the price Those who receive Jesus’ offer He will marry as His Bride all who accept His marriage proposal. And this explains some of the laws that people query today. Ruth gives birth to Obed, who is the grandfather of David. And she said to her, Go, my daughter.And she went. Part of this deal would be that Boaz buys the land belonging to Naomi for the benefit of Ruth and Ruth's descendants. Ruth 4:16-17 And Naomi took the child and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse to it. God rules over all his creation and brings all His plans to fulfilment by His own great power. As I said, it is a type of our permanent inheritance in the Kingdom of God. However, in that difficult period and within that corrupt society, the book of Ruth by comparison, brings out the personalities of three righteous people who lived in that era. Ruth, the destitute foreign woman, is a model contrasting the Now here is our kinsman Boaz, with whose young women you have been working. This is the role of the kinsman redeemer - the role which Boaz held. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, "Sit down here." Here is this week's reading from the book of Ruth: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, I need to seek some security for you, so that it may be well with you. (Ill. But Naomi is past child-bearing age. Where you lodge, I will lodge. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband, She kissed them and they lifted up their voices and wept. These two actions in old Israel would result in the restoration and the perpetuation of a family line which had been lost. From that day, we count fifty days to Pentecost. Jesus paid our debt of sin to God on the cross, and thus he. In chapter three of Ruth, Naomi decides to take initiative. So Judah here is compared to a lion, a royal king of beasts. The Hebrew word hesed is the word which has been translated most often as “loyal love” in the NET Bible. Naomi later on lost her husband and she was left with her two sons. It says, Oh Lord there is none like you, nor is there any god beside you, according to all we have heard with our ears and who is like your people, Israel, the one nation on the earth who God went to redeem for himself as a people, to make for yourself a name by great and awesome deeds by driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed in Egypt for you have made your people Israel, your very own people forever and you Lord have become their God. Stay tonight, and it shall be in the morning, if he will redeem you, well; he will redeem. Ok, so maybe I tricked you. Naomi indicated here that she was past child bearing age. She arose with her daughters-in-law so that she might return from the country of Moab because she had heard in the country of Moab how the Lord had visited his people by giving them bread. In the main characters of Ruth and Boaz, it depicts who we are and how great is the saving grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This fact is expanded on in the New Testament. He eventually marries Ruth, who represents the church. You actually need Jesus Christ and the New Testament teachings to understand it. For where you go, I will go. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law. Testimony from ancient Hindus and ancient calendars. the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. But first notice: 1. And Boaz said to his servant who was set over the reapers, Whose young woman is this? The Jewish community has always looked upon marriage as a sacred and divine institution. Their romance is also a My covenant, which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. So God is real. You shall bring from your dwellings, two wave loaves of two tenths of an ephah. Ruth 1:15-16 And she said, Behold, Your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. She showed such gratitude for Boaz. The events occurred during the period of the judges, about a … Consider the nation of Judah today, if anyone threatens their extinction, they have threatened to bring down the portals of civilisation. Ruth and Boaz: The Story of the Kinsman-Redeemer. 7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel. In Him we have redemption through His blood the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound us in all wisdom and prudence. She kissed them and they lifted up their voices and wept. Boaz fed Ruth and offered her roasted grain. The story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 1–4) is one of the most moving accounts in the Bible. Ephrathites of Bethlehem-Judah. Ruth 1:1-3 Now it came to pass in the days when the Judges ruled that there was a famine in the land. 13:8, 1 John 4:19. For the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. This made the relative re-evaluate his position. And they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest. It shall be that the first born son which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. The events of the book of Ruth took place between Passover and Pentecost. The story of Ruth is definitly a love story, but not in the way we usually make it out to be. And she happened to come upon a part of the field of Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech. We see demonstrated in the story, love, kindness, helpfulness, commitment, integrity, trustworthiness, fidelity, honesty, generosity, respect, honour and thankfulness for blessings! Boaz’s side at night after he has celebrated the harvest gathering. with her two daughters-in-law. Was Jesus invented from ancient Egyptian Isis-Horus myth? God, of course, blesses us continually and we must be grateful to Him as well on a daily basis. The name of his wife was Naomi (meaning sweet and pleasant) and the name of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion (meaning sickly and failing), Ephrathites of Bethlehem-Judah. We saw HESED love (the love that takes commitments seriously) through the examples of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. Look at him, prowls like a lion, king of the beasts, who dares mess with him? prove costly to Boaz it was not the biggest obstacle. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand and led them out of the house of Egypt. The Naomi Ruth was faithful and respectful. Another adaptation of the Book of Ruth in film. That was our situation before God entered our lives. The same way we go to Christ to find grace and favour. The sceptre shall not leave Judah, he will keep a firm grip on the command staff. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Lie down until the morning. I want to go through all of these scriptures because they all come together in the book of Ruth. It is set about 1150 BCE, making this the oldest of all recorded love stories. You're a young lion Judah, home fresh from the kill. That the Gospel would become your 'Good News'. And although the events and the actions and the details seem distinctly strange to our twenty-first century way of thinking, nevertheless, here God providentially overrules all of this for the well-being of his people. When you start sending gifts to your mother-in-law, you know you're in love! Many think that under the New Covenant, Christians have freedom to worship God however they want, including determining their own rituals and special festivals. The woman was left without her two sons and her husband. You see the love story between God and his people. What a Story! And he said, Who are you? Our focus will be on Ruth’s loyal love which goes far beyond the superficial contexts in which we sometimes use the word “love”. He eventually marries Ruth, who represents the church. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath, then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. They will use the nuclear option. A ROYAL WEDDING Mother’s Day is typically a time to emphasize and celebrate not just motherhood, but home and family. And if he does not delight to redeem you, as the Lord lives, then I will redeem you. A study of archaeological discoveries in the areas of Nazareth and Capernaum confirm biblical details surrounding the early years of Christ's ministry. Therefore she went out from the place from where she was and took her two daughters-in-law with her and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you.'" Jesus’ care for the church is a model for husbands to love their wives The He eventually marries Ruth, who represents the church. Ephesians 1:13-14, In Him, you also trusted (the same way that we see Naomi trusting Boaz, a type of Christ, in the book of Ruth.) Of his own Will, he brought us forward of the word of truth that we may become first fruits of his creatures. Deuteronomy 25:8-9 Then the elders of the city shall call him and speak to him, but if he stands firm and says, I do not want to take her, then his brother's wife shall come to him in the presence of the elders, remove the sandal from his foot, spit on his face and answer and say, so shall it be done to the man who will not build up his brother's house. Again, Christ's ancestry included Rahab, including her descendant who is Boaz and includes Ruth. Now it came to pass in the days when the Judges ruled that there was a famine in the land. Why will you go with me? They hadn't seen them for a long, long time, over a decade... and they said, Is this Naomi? There may be moments of those impassioned love that you’re thinking of between Ruth and Boaz, but it’s on a whole nother level. After marrying Listen to what she says... Take your maid servant under your wing, for you are a go'al (you are my kinsman redeemer). For example, the theme of marriage occupies much of the story, but when viewed as an idealized romance between faithful Ruth and godly Boaz, the rich theology of this book passes right under the … And if he does not delight to redeem you, as the Lord lives, then I will redeem you. Now people say, Why would anyone have a law like that, how stupid. It's just not on. When old Israel went into the Promised Land, it was a type of our going into the Kingdom of God. You are witnesses this day.And all the people in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses... And then the witnesses blessed Boaz and Ruth! The Lord be with you! And Naomi returned; and Ruth, who was of Moab, her daughter-in-law, was with her, returning out of the fields of Moab. As with any marriage proposals, His offer should be weighed to see if you should accept it. 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