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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/12/2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 3/12/2013

Ruth 4:1-17
REDEEMED! HOW I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT! Lesson 13c

V. 9-10 BOAZ HAD THE RESOURCES TO REDEEM

Chapter 2:1 makes it clear that Boaz was a wealthy man. He had the financial resources to carry out the redemption.

V. 9 The Resources To Purchase Ruth's Property – Ruth 4:9 tells us that Boaz purchased all that had belonged to Elimelech, Chilion and Mahlon. In other words, Boaz bought out the whole inheritance of this family, lock, stock and barrel! Think for a minute about Orpah. She went back to her family in chapter 1. If she had followed Naomi back to Bethlehem, it seems clear that Boaz would have redeemed her too!
Like the family Ruth married into, you and I were born into a family that was down and out! You see, our father, Adam, sinned against the Lord and brought death, destruction and damnation upon all his children. He left us spiritually destitute and without hope! Thank God, that is where Jesus stepped in! Everything Adam lost in the Garden of Eden, Jesus purchased back on the cross. Adam gambled away fellowship with God, Jesus bought it back. Adam gambled away life, Jesus bought it back. Adam gambled away peace with God, joy, blessing, righteousness, etc; but Jesus bought it every bit back for us when He went to the cross and died for us! Jesus has the resources to carry of a transaction of this magnitude!

V. 10 The Resources To Purchase Ruth Personally - Boaz had the resources to be able to make Ruth his wife. He wanted to buy back the property, but he also wanted to buy the person!

Jesus also has the resources to buy the person. When a sinner trusts the shed blood of the Lord Jesus and obeys His Gospel, that sinner becomes a redeemed member of the family of God. He is purchased and forever changed by the blood of Christ. Jesus specializes in taking old, hell bound sinners, saving them by His grace and transforming them into the children of God. When He pays the price, He purchases the whole person, (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Titus 2:14). Glory to God, I am glad that Jesus is able to "save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him", (Heb. 7:25).

Jesus Had The Right To Redeem
Jesus Had The Resolve To Redeem
Jesus Had The Resources To Redeem

V. 10, 13 BOAZ HAD THE REASONS TO REDEEM

There are probably many reasons why Boaz did what he did. However, looking at the text tells me of two very important reasons that must not be overlooked. For Boaz, there was more to his actions that keeping the Law, or just the fact that he was a relative. He had two compelling reasons for redeeming Ruth. These reasons also speak to our hearts today.

The Reason Of Giving Love – Ruth (2:5; 8-13; 14-17; 3:10-15) - All of these verses seem to indicate that Boaz has fallen in love with Ruth. He loved here in spite of her lineage. He loved her in spite of her poverty. He loved her in spite of the fact that she had nothing to offer him but herself. What more can a man ask for? He loved her with a selfless love that sought nothing but her best interests! He cares about her and wants to provide for her needs. Therefore, he willingly pays the price for her redemption and buys her unto himself.

This is just what motivated Jesus to do what he did for you and me! He was born in this world, He lived in poverty; He endured rejection and shame; He went to the cross for one primary reason. And, that reason is love (Rom. 5:6-8). He, like Boaz, loves us in spite of all those things that we have against us. He loves us in spite of all we do wrong. He loves us even though we are poverty stricken and we have nothing to offer Him but broken lives and shattered hopes. He loves us, therefore, He willingly paid the redemption price on the cross!

The Reason Of Giving Life – Ruth 4:5; 13 tell us that another reason Boaz wanted to marry Ruth was to bring life out of death. Without a Kinsman-Redeemer, the family of Elimelech would die out. That family would perish from Israel. Boaz cared about that family and wanted to preserve life!

This is why Jesus went to the cross. This is why He suffered and died for us! His desire is to take those that are dead in sins, (Eph. 2:1), and who are headed to Hell, (Psa. 9:17), save them by His grace and bring life out of death, (John 5:24). He wants to give life to those trapped in death! This is just what He does for everyone who received Him as their Savior and Lord. He provides salvation full and free. He produces life in the place of death. He makes dead men alive! Like Lazarus, sinners are trapped in death! Jesus comes to their tombs and calls their names. When they hear Him and respond, He gives them life eternal through faith.

Conc: Notice verse 13. From chapter 2:1 until chapter 4:13, Boaz is the center of attention. Just like Jesus ought to be! However, this poor, heathen girl is now the bride of a wealthy redeemer. She comes back into focus. My how things have changed for Ruth! This book opens with a funeral and closes with a wedding! I want you to notice one thing with me right now. Notice in verse 13 what the Bible tells us about these two and their relationship. It tells us that there is an intimacy that is now possible. It tells us that Boaz is able to do what he could not do in Ruth 3:10-14. Now, Boaz is able to take Ruth into his arms and love her. You see, all the barriers that were between them have been removed! They were separated by race, social status, morals, etc. Now, they are one flesh! She is as rich as he is! She is able to have fellowship of the most intimate kind with Boaz. They have been brought together in an intimate relationship!

That's what you have in Jesus today if you are saved! You, who were once separated from Jesus by a gulf of sin and poverty, have now been brought near to Him. You are as rich as He is. You are no longer separated, and you are in an intimate relationship with Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer! Now, we are no longer doomed! Now, we are no longer poverty stricken! Now, we are no longer as good as dead! Now we are alive in Jesus. Now, we can rest in His bosom and we can experience the intimacies of His redeeming love! Thank God for redemption! Redeemed! How I love to proclaim it! Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. Redeemed through His excellent mercies, His child and forever I am! ARE YOU?


TODAY’S VERSE!
2 Corinthians 3:18 (New King James Version (NKJV)

18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.


TODAY’S HYMN!
“When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” By: Isaac Watts (1707)

1. When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown.

4. Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Father Most High, God of Truth and Grace! Help us to learn to walk with Jesus, to abide in Him, to receive His blessings, and to trust Him to produce good fruit in us and through us. Help us to understand that there is no force about fruitfulness….Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. Only in Him and through Him can we be fruitful to the Father’s glory. Teach us to abide in Jesus in a close relationship with Him; one where we experience and share the goodness and eternal lasting fruit of life. For Your Love and blessings, we thank YOU. In Jesus’ glorious name we pray. Amen!

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MZLADY77 3/14/2013 9:33PM

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ANHELIC 3/13/2013 12:20AM

    Thank you Vic for your awesme lesson, hymn and prayer. I am grateful that Jesus died on the cross for us and we are now redeemed byHim. If we can just love Him and care for one another like He did for us, He will do for us what Boaz did for Ruth. We no longer have to be living a life of poverty and lonliness when we come to Jesus and accept Him. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.
Blessing,
Joanie

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JOANIE69 3/12/2013 7:52PM

    emoticon Vic, I love to read your blogs in the morning, but they are just as precious and worthwhile in the evening. (We were away all day today.) Your posted lessons, hymns and prayers are all a source of comfort to me. Today's blog reminded me of another hymn, as well:

" Jesus, keep me near the Cross;
There a precious fountain,
Free to all -- a healing stream --
Flows from Calvary's mountain."

Blessings, Joanie



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NELLIEH1 3/12/2013 4:55PM

    How precious it is that GOD in His infinite wisdom chose to unite us in marriage with the Lamb Who was slain before the foundation of the world. We do need to survey the Cross and its message daily and then rejoice in our redemption (like Ruth) and our resurrection from the dead in Christ Jesus alone! What amazing truths the LORD reveals continually to us in Scripture! Thank you , Vic, for your faithfulness in sharing.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/12/2013 1:01PM

    Amen!!! Thank you!

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LOSTLIME 3/12/2013 12:06PM

    Thank you,Vic!

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EDITOR 3/12/2013 6:52AM

    Thank you for yesterday's goodie Vic.

I trust and respect the valued blood of Christ, and to know of His redeeming Love.
All of this lesson, from beginning to end, is lovely! We look to no other. For by grace we are saved.



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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 3/11/2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 3/11/2013

Ruth 4:1-17
REDEEMED! HOW I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT! Lesson 13b

V. 4-9 BOAZ HAD THE RESOLVE TO REDEEM

His Desire For The Task - Naomi knows that Boaz is a near kinsman, she is then instructs Ruth to go to him and to cover herself with his cloak. This was a woman's way of asking a man to perform the duties of a Kinsman-Redeemer unto her. She was literally proposing marriage to Boaz. Boaz reacts by expressing his joy at being chosen by Ruth and by letting her know that he would be delighted to redeem her and all her inheritance.

Jesus Christ did not have to be hog-tied and forced to go to Calvary! The Bible says that He went there without a word, (Isa. 53:7). When He stood before Pilate, Jesus never tried to defend Himself and get out of the death that was coming, (John 18:27). He desired the death that He died because He wanted to pay the redemption price for you and me, (Heb. 12:2). The sacrifice of Christ on the cross was of a willing nature. He did it because He wanted to; because He loves YOU and me!

His Devotion To The Task – Ruth 3:18 tells us that Naomi is convinced that Boaz will get right to the business of redemption. Chapter 4:1-4 bears this out. When the morning comes, Boaz goes to the city gate. A place where the elders congregate, where judgments are made and where business is conducted. Boaz goes there and begins the process of redeeming Ruth. It appears that nothing would delay or stop Boaz from completing his mission on behalf of Ruth.

Again, the similarity between Boaz and Jesus is hard to miss. The Bible indicates that Jesus was determined to go to the cross and die, (Isa. 50:7; Luke 9:51). The Bible makes it plain that Satan tried to destroy our Lord while He walked in this world, (Matt. 2:16; Matt. 4:37-38). There were other times when Satan tried to distract the Lord from His appointed task,( Matt. 4:1-11; John 6:15, John 18:10-11). However, Jesus allowed none of these things to sidetrack Him. He came for the purpose of dying for sin and that is exactly what He intended to do!

His Discharge Of The Task - 4:9 tells us that Boaz stayed with the task until it was completed. He was able to tell the elders at the gate that he had paid the purchase price and that the redemption had been accomplished! Now, all that had belonged to the family of Elimelech belonged to Boaz. Now, Ruth was no longer a widow doomed to a life of poverty. She was the wife of a mighty and wealthy man!

Jesus, our Heavenly Redeemer, also stayed with the task until it was perfectly completed. Outside the gate of Jerusalem, in the presence of witnesses, He paid the price by giving His life on the cross for you and me. When the task had been fully accomplished, and the Heavenly Father had been fully satisfied, Jesus proclaimed an end to the transaction, (John 19:30, “It is finished”)! Thank God, redemption is fully paid for and complete!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Ephesians 5:8-9 (New King James Version (NKJV)

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Heaven Came Down” By: John W. Peterson (1961)
O what a wonderful, wonderful day - day I will never forget;
After I'd wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Saviour I met.
O what a tender, compassionate friend - He met the need of my heart;
Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling, He made all the darkness depart.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Born of the Spirit with life from above into God's fam'ly divine,
Justified fully thru Calvary's love, O what a standing is mine!
And the transaction so quickly was made when as a sinner I came,
Took of the offer of grace He did proffer - He saved me, O praise His dear name!

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Now I've a hope that will surely endure after the passing of time;
I have a future in heaven for sure, there in those mansions sublime.
And it's because of that wonderful day when at the cross I believed;
Riches eternal and blessings supernal from His precious hand I received.

Chorus:
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Heavenly Father, Gracious God! Open our eyes so we may see Jesus in the faces of the poor children, the stranger, our neighbors and even in our enemies. Help us to always look upon His Face and in the reflection, to see the boundless love that You have for all of us, but especially for those of the household of faith. Help us to be reflections of that love and care to others. Thank You for sending Jesus to redeem us from our sins and for the privilege to be an example of Your Love and forgiveness to others. Thank You for Your faithfulness in fulfilling all Your promises in Jesus. These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/11/2013 10:36PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Our Redeemer Kinsman willingly went to the cross for us so we could have everlasting life and spend it with Him. How wonderful it is to know when we pray, He hears us and stands by us. Thank you Jesus for your love and comfort. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note.

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JUDITH316 3/11/2013 3:08PM

    Amen, emoticon for sharing this powerful chorus, one of my favorites...

Chorus:

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul,
When at the cross the Saviour made me whole;
My sins were washed away -
And my night was turned to day -
Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!

Indeed Heaven came down and glory filled my soul.....Thank you Jesus...

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TONYVAND1 3/11/2013 1:39PM

  My sins are washed away Night turned into day. Thanks Vic

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    Amen!

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    Amen!

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LOSTLIME 3/11/2013 12:02PM

    Thank you,Vic for the lesson.

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JOANIE69 3/11/2013 10:25AM

    Vic it is my hope / prayer that your lessons will never be left UN-published in a Bible study book...whether on line or in print. To me you are a teacher as great as Tozer or Wesley or Spurgeon, and I wish I had the resources to print them off myself, just for my own instruction.

Very often I have saved a prayer, or as today, some paragraphs I can refer to often. Today I am saving your comments in 2 paragraphs on how Jesus went willingly to the cross, never allowing any devises of Satan to deter Him from His foreordained death for us. There are times in a Christian's life when we are afraid and unwilling to take on a task for the Lord, and also times when we do not quite finish a task. Jesus never flinched from what He was called to do - as determined by Himself and the Father and the Spirit from the beginning - and as you pointed out...He finished the task He came to do for us. Glory to His Name!

Thank you for all your goodies and notes too, and for the 'Did you Know 'posts that are succinct and remind me anew of a valuable point in your lesson.
Blessings, Joanie

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/11/2013 10:21AM

    Amen!!! Yes, I want to more fully reflect Christ to all around me. That song brings back memories as a child singing with my grandmother and my aunts :)

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CASTIRONLADY 3/11/2013 8:39AM

    Thank God He uses men AND women to accomplish His purposed. We are all a part of His plan if we choose to follow him. Or we can stand outside His will and watch others be blessed and a part of His blessing. God is good. Thank you,, Vic.

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EDITOR 3/11/2013 8:36AM

    What a wonderful Redeemer Kinsman we have in Christ. Do we fail to see Him because of heritage or gender? Do we not see Him in your prayer today, Vic?
Thank you for your lesson. Thank you for your goodie and note. Thank You Jesus for being the Living Word.

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 3/10/2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 3/10/2013

Ruth 4:1-17
REDEEMED! HOW I LOVE TO PROCLAIM IT! Lesson 13a

The little book of Ruth begins with a series of tragedies. In Chapter one, there is a Famine, there is a backslidden Family, there are three Funerals, there is great Fear and there is a Final goodbye. We are introduced in chapter 1 to a young widow named Ruth. She is from the land of Moab. Therefore, she is a woman under a curse, (Deut. 23:3). She was no doubt born into idolatry. Yet, by the providence of God, she marries into a family of Israelites. These people, though they are backslidden, introduce young Ruth to Jehovah. Ruth, after the death of her husband, follows her mother-in-law Naomi back to the land of Israel. There, they proceed to try and make a living as best as they can, (Ruth 2:2).

This first portion of Ruth is a sad spectacle. It presents in graphic detail just what happens in lives that are lived outside the will of God! Thankfully, God had plans to help Naomi and Ruth!

Because their husbands were dead, these women had no way of reclaiming the family land. You see, when the children of Israel went in and possessed Canaan, the land was divided up among the 12 tribes. Within these allotments, the land was divided up by families. No man was allowed to sell his land outside his tribe. In the case of financial difficulty, a man might be forced to mortgage his land. In this case, he lost all rights to the land until it had been redeemed by paying off the mortgage, or until the Year of Jubilee, when all debts were cancelled anyway. Apparently, this is what had happened to the land that belonged to Elimelech. As women, Naomi and Ruth had no way of getting back the land that had belonged to their husbands. Thankfully, where man fails, God prevails! Even though these women were helpless, God had already made provision for them.

Here is where the law of the Kinsman-Redeemer comes into play. The Kinsman-Redeemer was a relative who protected the needy members of his family. There were three things that the Kinsman-Redeemer could redeem, or buy back.
A relative sold into slavery – (Lev. 25:47-49).

Preserve the lineage of the family by marrying the widow of a deceased relative and providing an heir to the family possessions, ( Deut. 25:5-6). Children produced from such a union were considered to be the offspring of the deceased man. Land that had been sold outside the family – (Lev. 25:25).

It is against this backdrop of tragedy and trials that we are introduced to a man named Boaz. He is a near kinsman to Naomi's dead husband. In this short, but powerful book, we get to watch as the Kinsman-Redeemer works on behalf of these two poor widows. He willingly exercises the rights and duties of the Kinsman-Redeemer. He makes the difference in their lives and presents for us a thrilling picture of a great Kinsman-Redeemer, the Lord Jesus. In order for a person to be a Kinsman-Redeemer, he had to have three qualifications:

He had to be a near relative.
He had to be willing to redeem.
He had to be able to redeem.

Boaz fulfilled all of these requirements. And, as we shall see, so did the Lord Jesus, our heavenly Redeemer!

Let's focus in a few of the events of this wonderful little book as we think on the idea of “Redeemed! How I Love To Proclaim It”!

V. 4 BOAZ HAD THE RIGHT TO REDEEM

His Right As A Member Of The Family - (His Right By Lineage) - This Kinsman-Redeemer had to be of near kin unto the needy relative. Boaz fulfilled this obligation, (Ruth 2:1; 2:20; 4:4). Since he was a near kinsman, Boaz had every right to intervene for these women.

Jesus, our Kinsman-Redeemer, possesses this right on behalf of the sinner. Why? Because He is near of kin unto us. 2,000 years ago, in the same little town of Bethlehem, Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, spoke His goodbyes to the Father in Heaven and came to this world, not to live as a God among men, but to be born as a man, (John 1:1; 14; Phil. 2:5-8). As a member of the human family, Jesus has the right to be our Redeemer!

There was one of nearer kin than Boaz, (Ruth 4:3-6). However, he refused to do his duty as a redeemer because he did not want to marry Ruth! He knew she was a cursed woman from a cursed people. He knew she had absolutely nothing to offer him. After all, she was poor! This man had the right, but he could not do the job!

So it is with humanity. There are other things around us that promise redemption. Things like the Law and religion, but these things can never deliver! They are powerless to help to the powerless! When the Law sees the sinner, it merely amplifies our inadequacies. When Religion sees the sinner it merely looks at us for what we can give to it. Neither can redeem!

Boaz, on the other hand, knew who Ruth was, (Ruth 2:6). He knew her past. He knew her condition. He knew what she had to offer. He knew about the curse that was on her people. However, he didn't care! You see, unlike the other kinsman, Boaz was like Ruth! Look back at his lineage, (Ruth 4:21; Matt. 1:5). When you look at this, it becomes clear that Boaz wasn't concerned about marring his inheritance, his own mother was a woman of unclean birth. His mother was Rahab the harlot, (Joshua 2)!

So it is with our Redeeming Savior! His own mother was a common sinner like us! Therefore, He has compassion on the lost. The Law makes demands that we can never meet. Religion promises that which it cannot deliver. Jesus, on the other hand, provides what we need, freely and fully!

His Right As A Man Of Faith - (His Right By Law) - Another Reason Boaz did what he did was because the Law of God demanded it. It appears, from reading this book, that Boaz was a godly man. His desire was to carry out the will of God. He was a man of faith.

Again, in this, He pictures the Lord Jesus Who came to this earth willingly to take the place of sinners on the cross. Did He have to? NO! But, in the counsel halls of glory, before the mud seals of this world were ever fashioned, the Godhead knew there would come a day when the world would need a redeemer. When the call was made "Who will go for us?" Jesus Christ responded with, "Here am I, send Me!" This is bared out by (Rev. 13:8), which tells us that Jesus was already dead in the mind of God before the foundation of the world.

You see, the Law demanded death for sin, (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 6:23). Jesus went to the cross for us so that He might discharge the Law of God. He had the right to die in our place because He is family and because He fulfilled the requirements of the Law! He became God’s “Propitiation” and our Redeemer and Savior.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Revelation 2:25 (New King James Version (NKJV)

25 But hold fast what you have till I come.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“REDEEMED” By: Fanny J. Crosby (1882)

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.

Refrain
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.

Redeemed, and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.
Refrain

I think of my blessèd Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long:
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.
Refrain

I know there’s a crown that is waiting,
In yonder bright mansion for me,
And soon, with the spirits made perfect,
At home with the Lord I shall be.
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father, Most High God! Jesus, Redeemer and Savior! You see our hearts; You know us; and You hear our prayers; yet, You love us and willingly redeemed us. How blessed we are! How grateful we are that when Your see us , You see the righteousness of Christ in us and not the sinner that we are, before we received Jesus as our Redeemer and Savior. Thank You for hearing our prayers, for sending Jesus, The Word, and for seeing and knowing our need for a Savior. Our hearts cry out to You with thanksgiving, for where man has failed, our God has prevailed. These things we pray in Jesus’ blessed name as we approached Your throne of grace. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/10/2013 11:23PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. I am singing praises to Jesus because I am redeemed by His Blood. What Jesus did for us so we could have everlasting life and live with Him as one of His children. Thank you for the goodie and note. Sending you God's richest Blessing for teaching His word.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/10/2013 4:06PM

    Love this story of the Kinsman- Redeemer and also the song "Redeemed". Enjoying this series so much!

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TONYVAND1 3/10/2013 1:24PM

  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb

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LOSTLIME 3/10/2013 10:40AM

    Thank you for sharing Ruth's story.

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PINKSPARKLELOVE 3/10/2013 9:43AM

    thank you

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NITTINNANA 3/10/2013 8:42AM

    I've been enjoying your series on Ruth. And thanks so much for setting before us this lesser-known hymn of Fanny Crosby!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/10/2013 8:30AM

    I am enjoying your series on Ruth. Thank you

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JOANIE69 3/10/2013 6:55AM

    Oh Vic! emoticon
This is one of those lessons, hymn and prayer that just causes me to shout HALLELUJAH!

Yes! I am also:
Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.

The Lord gives such JOY when we sing His praises, for He inhabits them!
Psalm 22:3 (American King James Version)
"But you are holy, O You that inhabits the praises of Israel."

May your day be joyful and blessed today, In Jesus' name, amen.


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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 3/9/2013

Saturday, March 09, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 3/9/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:9-4:12
REDEEMED, REDEEMED, BY LOVE DIVINE, Lesson 12b

V. 3:12; 4:1-10 THE PROBLEMS OF REDEMPTION

Before Ruth's redemption can be settled, there are a couple of problems that must be dealt with first.

The Problem Of The Requirements - For a man to fulfill the role of the Kinsman Redeemer, there were a few requirements that he had to meet.

Redemption Required A Relationship - According to Lev. 25:25, the kinsman redeemer had to be a near relative of the person being redeemed. Boaz fulfilled this requirement, (Ruth 2:1; 2:20).

Redemption Required Resources - That same passage teaches that the kinsman redeemer had to have the funds to buy back the sold possession. Boaz fulfilled this requirement also, (Ruth 2:1).

Redemption Required A Resolve - Lev. 25:25 and Deut. 25:5-10 teach that the kinsman redeemer had to be willing to buy back the inheritance of his kinsman. Boaz also fulfilled this requirement, (Ruth 3:11).

For the saints of God, Boaz is a picture of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Savior also fulfills all 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). And, He was willing to pay the price for our redemption, (Mark 10:45; John 18:37). Jesus alone is qualified to be the Redeemer of mankind!

The Problem Of The Relative - Boaz tells Ruth that there is just one problem with his plan to redeem her. It seems that there is one fellow in town who is closer kin than Boaz and that he must have the first choice at her redemption. He meets the requirement of relationship. He must also meet the qualification of resources. The question that remains is: Does he meet the requirement of resolve? Is he willing to redeem? The context of the meeting, between Boaz and the near kinsman, is the real question. The proposal is made and the kinsman considers to redeem. This must has stung the heart of Boaz! But Boaz did what is right! When the nearer kinsman hears that he must not only buy the land, but that he must also marry Ruth and raise up children in the name of her dead husband, he backs away from the deal and declares himself unable to redeem. He plucks off his shoe and hands it to Boaz as a symbolic way of saying, "I can't redeemer her, but you can. She is yours!"

For us, the nearer kinsman is the Law! It laid claims on us, but was not able to redeem us. All it could do was condemn us as unworthy in its sight. Like this kinsman, the Law made a feeble effort at redemption, but it was unable to carry through to the end of the matter. This is what Paul tells us about the Law, (Rom. 8:3).

Just for the record, there are lots of 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 place and one place only. It is found in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; John 8:24).

V. 4:11-12 THE PROCEEDS OF REDEMPTION
After the deal was made and redemption was accomplished, a couple of very important things took place. We might want to understand them, because the affect us as well.

V. 11 Ruth Is Elevated - When the people gathered there see what has happened, they begin to rejoice. They call Ruth "woman" and not "the Moabitess." They compare her with Leah and Rachel, the wives of Jacob, who gave birth to the twelve sons of Jacob, and in effect, all of Israel. They have elevated her standing! The same thing happens in the life of the sinner who comes to Jesus for redemption. We are transformed from "sinners" into "saints". We are no longer outcasts from God, but now He calls us His "sons", (1 John 3:1-2). This great change is declared forcefully by Paul in 1 Cor. 6:9-11 and Gal. 4:5-6.

V. 11-12 Boaz Is Exalted - While the people elevate Ruth, the main focus of their rejoicing is Boaz. They praise him for that which he has done in the life of Ruth. He has done a wonderful thing and the people praise him for it. Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith paid the ultimate price for our redemption. Because of this, He is worthy of praise and exaltation. He receives this from His Father, (Phil. 2:9-11). He deserves it from those He has redeemed, (Heb. 13:15). Are you exalting the heavenly Boaz?

Conc: Ruth's life changed that day at the gates of Bethlehem! She had a redeemer. She had a husband. She had a new life. She could sing with gusto the chorus, "Redeemed, Redeemed, by love divine."

What about you? Do you know the Kinsman-Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ today? Can you sing this song?

I'm redeemed by love divine,
Glory, glory Christ is mine.
All to Him I now resign,
I have been redeemed!

If you can't I invite you to come to Jesus, get at His feet and ask Him to redeem your soul. You can be redeemed today, if you will come to Him!

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 8:14 (New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Redeemed” By: James Rowe (1916)

Sweet is the song I am singing today;
I'm redeemed! I'm redeemed!
Trouble and sorrow have vanished away;
I have been redeemed!

Refrain

I'm redeemed by love divine;
Glory, glory, Christ is mine,
Christ is mine,
All to Him I now resign
I have been redeemed!

Great is my joy now as onward I go;
I'm redeemed! I'm redeemed!
All the way homeward my praises shall flow;
I have been redeemed!

Refrain

Precious indeed is my Saviour to me;
I'm redeemed! I'm redeemed!
Happy in glory some day I shall be;
I have been redeemed!

Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Awesome Father, Loving and Gracious God! Open the eyes of our hearts so we may see the hope to which You have called us, our redemption and salvation. Help us to understand and grasp our true inheritance in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Savior. Enable us to comprehend the magnitude of what He has done on our behalf. Increase our faith and our knowledge of the significance of His redeeming sacrifice. Grant us the ability to seek more of His presence, His power, and His love for us, so we may see them manifested in our lives to Your glory. Thank You for setting us free from the death and destruction that awaits those who do not believe in Him. In His glorious name we pray these things. Amen!

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ANHELIC 3/9/2013 10:48PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes, I am grateful to know our Redeemer and that He died on the cross for us and upon accepting Him, we go from sinner to saint. I feel Blessed each day I feel the presence of Jesus near me and Holy Spirit guiding me. Thank you for the goodie and note Vic. God Bless You for your teachings.

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NELLIEH1 3/9/2013 7:32PM

    What I did not realize before is that the Law, our flesh, religion, anything we look to as the "near relative" instead of Christ is the false kinsman-redeemer. Only Jesus our Lord paid the price for our deliverance from sin,selfness and satan by His death on the Cross - His shed blood on our behalf. Thanks for being used of GOD to reveal this insight.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/9/2013 3:15PM

    We are traveling today and was just reading this aloud to DH as he drives. Both of us feel blessed. Thank you and thank God, our Redeemer.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/9/2013 11:06AM

    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful Bible lessons, and for your prayers and songs!

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TONYVAND1 3/9/2013 10:28AM

  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb

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JOANIE69 3/9/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon Vic, and again I am grateful for your in-depth lessons and hymns and prayers. All that you post causes me to examine my own heart, and be very sure my Anchor holds the solid Rock of Jesus. I always go away better for having come to read and learn, and I also appreciate all your notes and goodies. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RSSSLHB 3/9/2013 9:19AM

    Amen! emoticon for posting

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LOSTLIME 3/9/2013 8:52AM

    Thank you for this lesson. Thank you for my spark goodie. Have a wonderful weekend.

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CASTIRONLADY 3/9/2013 7:55AM

    Thank God for our Redeemer! What a magnificent plen to redeem we fallen!

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EDITOR 3/9/2013 7:11AM

    There is always, "one problem" that inhibits us from following in the footsteps of faith or accepting Him as our Kinsman Redeemer. There is always one more, "If" that prohibits one from living in the fullness of Christ. May we run out of exceptions and excuses. There is no problem that Christ cannot solve. Thank you for today's lesson, Vic, and yesterday's goodie. Today is the present and we live in His Presence, glory to God!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/8/2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/8/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:9-4:12
REDEEMED, REDEEMED, BY LOVE DIVINE, Lesson 12a

Ruth has come alone way since she left the country of Moab. She has come all the way from being a lost, sinner girl in a doomed country to finding herself at the feet of a wealthy land owner by the name of Boaz. Because she is at his feet, she is about to get the help she needs. You see, she is looking for a redeemer. Someone who can give her back all the things that sin and death have taken from her. She has found herself at the feet of the redeemer. She is about to find herself in the middle of his redemption. If Ruth had a favorite song, it might have contained a line that went something like this; "I'm redeemed by love divine!"

Now, this passage has a lot to say to us about the redemption we enjoy if we are saved, and can come to enjoy if we are lost. In this passage, we are given a clear picture of how redemption operates and of what is required to receive it. Let's look in on the wonderful world of redemption. I want to teach for a while on this thought, "Redeemed! Redeemed! By Love Divine!" If you are saved, I hope it will help you to be more appreciative of that which you have in Jesus. If you are not saved, I hope this message will cause you to want to be redeemed.

V. 3:9-18 THE PROPOSAL OF REDEMPTION

V. 3:6-9 Ruth's Request For Redemption - Here we see Ruth asking for just what she needs: redemption. Salvation is as simple as our asking for it, (John 6:37; Rom. 10:13; James 4:2). Jesus Christ has done everything that is necessary to save the soul of the lost sinner; all the sinner has to do is humble himself before the Lord, ask for salvation, and be willing to do what He says.

V. 3:10-18 Ruth's Reassurance Of Redemption - After Ruth makes her request, she receives some precious assurances from Boaz. He wants her to know that she can count on him and the redemption he will provide for her.

V. 10-13 Reassured By His Promises - His promise to her is that he will do whatever is necessary to see that she is redeemed. Notice that he promises to do "all" that she needs done. So it is with Jesus! He has done all that is required to make redemption a reality for everyone who calls upon Him in faith, (John 6:47; Rom. 10:9). Heb. 9:12 and Heb. 10:10-14 speak of the redemptive price Jesus paid for us. His precious, shed blood is the price, payment and promise of our redemption, (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Heb. 9:22).

V. 14-17 Reassured By His Provisions - When Ruth leaves the threshing floor the next morning, she leaves with the promises of Boaz, but she also leaves loaded down with his provisions. He places 88 pounds of barley on her back. Imagine her walking back through the city. Everyone who sees her knows where she has been and that there is about to be a wedding. When she arrives home Naomi asks the question, "Who art thou my daughter?" She is asking, "Are you going to be Mrs. Boaz?" Ruth just says, "Look at the provisions he has given me and tell me what you think! Yes Mama Naomi, there's going to be a wedding!" The Lord 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 you are His child, you will know it for sure!

V. 18 Reassured By His Persistence - Naomi tells Ruth to sit tight, because Boaz would not rest until he had finished her redemption. The child of God can rest in the sure knowledge that Jesus will not rest until every single one of His children are home in glory, ( Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 1:5). He is a "man with a mission", (John 6:37-40; John 10:28-29).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Matthew 6:28-29 (New King James Version (NKJV)

28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“I Will Sing of My Redeemer” by: Philip P. Bless (1877)

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His wondrous love to me;
On the cruel cross He suffered,
From the curse to set me free.

Refrain:
Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,
With His blood He purchased me,
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,
How my lost estate to save,
In His boundless love and mercy,
He the ransom freely gave.
Refrain:

I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant pow'r I'll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.
Refrain:

I will sing of my Redeemer,
And His heav'nly love to me;
He from death to life hath brought me,
Son of God with Him to be.
Refrain:

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, Redeeming God! You are all that we desire in this life and in the life to come. Just being with You daily changes everything in us. Longing for You makes us long to be free of all things that would draw us away from You. Help us to draw closer to You this day and forever more. Thank You for Your promise to draw ever closer to us. With Your presence, we are never alone. With joy we draw water from Your well of salvation. We gladness we feed upon Your Words of Life. Enable us to make You the first place to whom we run when we have longings and needs. Guide us so we will not waste time turning to the wrong sources, but rather come to You first and truly enjoy the intimacy of Your Love and beauty. Our soul waits and hungers and thirst for Your righteousness and decrees. Forgive us as we forgive others. These things we pray in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen!

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REGILIEH 3/10/2013 4:11PM

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JUDITH316 3/9/2013 2:49AM

    Amen, another great lesson, thanks for sharing, indeed, the Book of Ruth has always been one that has ministered to me, and the hymn you shared here is one of my favorites, we used to always sing this hymn in our Church, seeing it posted here reminds me how much I miss singing it, thanks for posting the lyrics, I will save them, thanks again Vic for sharing these inspirational devotions... God's Blessings!

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ANHELIC 3/8/2013 10:54PM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Just as Ruth asked for redemption, we too can ask for our redemption. Knowing Our Redeemer lives, makes our lives worth living. Looking forward to meeting and living with him Him in Eternity is the greatest gift we could receive. Our God Lives is a wonderful hynm that I have been singing today. Thank you for the goodie and note. Sending you God's Blessings as you continue your teachings.

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JOANIE69 3/8/2013 2:55PM

    emoticon Once again I am uplifted and inspired by your lesson, hymn, and prayer. (I am thankful to be able to visit your blog today because I have a few minutes on my daughter's laptop before we go out to supper and a play tonight.) This hymn is one I plan to use on my Lenten Hymns' blog, and it is so appropriate for this lesson, too. What joy there is in the Christian heart lifted in thanks and praise -in song. Jesus is our Redeemer, Saviour, Master, Lord, best Friend, and so much more. We shall sing His praises here and in eternity; yet that were still not long enough to praise Him! As the old hymn goes, "Oh for a thousand tongues to sing, My great Redeemer's praise".
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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/8/2013 12:07PM

    Marveling at such great love! Thank you for posting this devotion. I am inspired to live more fully for Him because of it.

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NELLIEH1 3/8/2013 10:44AM

    Am enjoying the goodies that you sent my way. Continually appreciate your teachings, Vic. Thank you for your faithful sharing day by day. Ruth does indeed point us again and agin to our Kinsman Redeemer, the One Who has reconciled us to GOD by His precious shed blood. He does it all, and we wait/sit at His feet amazed!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/8/2013 10:33AM

    Resting today in His love!

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TONYVAND1 3/8/2013 9:57AM

  Changed by Him

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LOSTLIME 3/8/2013 9:09AM

    Thank you. I liked reading about Ruth. I hope you have a great weekend.

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RSSSLHB 3/8/2013 8:46AM

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EDITOR 3/8/2013 6:52AM

    We ask, we are assured, we are provided for and we have Him to behold for all the days of our life and in the hereafter!
Thank you for your devotional today dedicated to our Redeemer Kinsman, Christ Jesus.
Thank you also for the goodie yesterday, Vic.

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