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What was Ruth up to at that threshing floor? What was Naomi thinking?
Last week we looked at the bitter providence in Naomi's life. This week we saw how that bitter providence produced testimony which the Lord used to bring about Ruth's profession. The famous "where you go, I will go" speech from Ruth 1 is not a profession of romantic love, but a profession of faith from a new convert.
The first in a series on Ruth. This sermon focuses on Naomi and her testimony that "the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me."
Ruth 1New King James Version (NKJV) Elimelech’s Family Goes to Moab 1 Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. 3 Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband. Naomi Returns with Ruth 6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. 7 Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 And 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 with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” So she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13 would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
1. The Kinsman-Redeemer & the Coming-King ● The godly fame of Boaz: and the unfortunate anonymity of Mr. So & So ● Boaz marries Ruth who bears a son: & life for her & Naomi is restored (from emptiness to fullness) ● From Boaz to King David: and “from Foreigner to King Jesus” 2. The Gospel Foreshadowed in Ruth ● The LORD reigns – as Israel’s faithful-covenant keeping God ● Israel’s King – is Savior of the world ● Redemption – thru God’s Son born in Bethlehem (put your faith in Jesus) ● Christ’s sacrificial love – for His bride ● Adoption – into the family of God ● Fullness & Restoration – our salvation is “already but not yet” 3. Some Concluding Exhortations ● Like Ruth: live a life of surrendered, courageous, servant-hearted faith ● Like Naomi: persevere by faith as we wait for the LORD’s restoration ● Like Boaz: walk in godliness & use our power & wealth to bless others thru sacrificial loving-kindness ● Per the Book of Ruth: trust in the LORD and fix our eyes on Jesus
1. The LORD’S Providence (vs1-13) ● God is at work in our daily lives: for His kingdom to come & will to be done ● Be inspired by & follow Ruth’s Example: her servant-hearted, initiative-taking & courageous faith 2. The LORD’S Covenantal Loving-Kindness [hesed] (vs8-20) ● God protects & provides abundantly for the vulnerable: who take refuge in Him ● Be inspired by & follow Boaz’s Example: a godly man in an evil age who used his power & wealth to protect & serve others 3. The LORD’S Redemption (vs17-23) ● God provides the kinsman-redeemer: thru Boaz for Naomi & Ruth; and thru Jesus Christ for the whole world ● Embrace Naomi’s change of heart: her eyes of faith & spirit of praise; before her circumstances changed
TRUSTING OUR SOVEREIGN LORD: in the Fullness and Emptiness of Life (Message #1/4 * Ruth 1) 10-11-2015
1. Our Glorious-Sovereign LORD ● He reigns over this wicked world: and through the tragedies of life ● He is our faithful, covenant-keeping God: who shows loving-kindness (hesed) to His children & is bringing salvation to all peoples 2. Some Biblical Principles of Faith ● Trust the LORD in the fullness & emptiness of life: like & unlike Naomi ● Be surrendered, servant-hearted, & courageous: like Ruth the Moabite 3. Some Key Contrasts & Themes ● in Ruth & Judges: faithfulness in an age of wickedness ● with Ruth & Orpah: an extraordinary faith highlighted amidst an understandable choice ● the Return of an Israelite & a Moabite: God’s faithfulness to His chosen ones & His inclusive love for all peoples ● Fullness/Emptiness – Famine/Harvest: the LORD is sovereign/faithful thru it all