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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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    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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    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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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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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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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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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/7/2013

Thursday, March 07, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 3/7/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:1-11
FINDING YOUR PLACE AT HIS FEET, Lesson 11c

V. 10-11 THE PROMISES RECEIVED AT HIS FEET

V. 10a He Received Her - Imagine the fears that must have occupied her mind as she lay there. "What if he rejects me?" "What if he misinterprets my actions?" "What if he publically humiliates me?" "What if he drives me away and refuses to have anything further to do with me?" She needed not worry, for when Boaz speaks he says "Fear not!" Boaz wanted to be close to her too, as much as she did! You need never fear Jesus turning you away! He loves you too much to do that, (John 6:37). When you come to Him humbly, honestly, openly and willingly, you will get what you come after. If you need salvation, you can get it at His feet. If it is a closer walk that is your goal, you will find it at His feet. You need not fear rejection, but you should prepare for a big change of life!

V. 11b He Reassured Her - Boaz responds to Ruth's request by telling her that he will do everything necessary to see that they are together. He will take care of all the matters involved. She had been told that if she could just get to his feet, he would tell her what to do, (v. 4). She got there and she was told to trust Boaz, he would see to all the details! What a truth! If we can ever just get to His feet, we will find that He is willing to do everything to see to it that our relationship is everything that it should be. You see, all the Lord wants from us is our obedient love. He wants us to be at His feet. When we are there, He will take care of all the details of life, (Matt. 6:25-33). By the way, His name is still Jehovah-Jireh, (Gen 22:14). Those who are at His feet know that they can simply trust Him to see to all the details of life!

V. 10, 11c He Rejoiced Over Her - Boaz praises Ruth for her love for him and for her godly lifestyle. Her behavior and godly life have worked together to bring all this to pass for her. The smile of the Savior is the great reward for those who pay the price to get themselves at his feet. Regardless of the price, regardless of the effort, His smile, His blessings, and His closeness are worth it all! You see, nothing gives Him more pleasure than being able to take your life and mine, hold it out before the world and say, "This is what I can do with a life laid at my feet!"; (Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7).

Conc: When Ruth made the effort to get at the feet of Boaz, everything in her life changed. Our heavenly God, the Lord Jesus Christ, can and will do the same for you, if you will get at His feet. Who possesses the courage and the resolve to move from where you are right now to get to His feet? If you have never been to His feet, then I invite you to come right now for salvation. If you have been there and have wandered away, then I invite you to return to His feet and rediscover the blessings that can only be found there. If you are at His feet right now, then I invite you to come before Him, thank Him for allowing you to be there and ask Him to help you remain as close to Him as you need to be.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Romans 9:26 (New King James Version (NKJV)

26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”


TODAY’S HYMN!
“God Holds The Future In His Hands” By: James Rowe (1922)

Dread not the things that are ahead,
The burdens great, the sinking sands,
The thorns that o’er the path are spread,
God holds the future in His hands.
Refrain
God holds the future in His hands
And every heart He understands.
On Him depend,
He is your Friend,
He holds the future in His hands.

We know not what tomorrow hides,
Of sun or storm or good or ill;
We only know His dear hand guides,
And He will be our Father still.
Refrain

His hand created earth and sky,
The zephyrs and the storms that rage,
And years to come and years gone by
To Him are but an open page.
Refrain

Live close to Him and trust His love,
Assured that while on earth we roam,
Whate’er may come, He bends above
To guide His children safely home.
Refrain

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father of all Humanity, God of Love, Grace and Mercy! Prompt our spirit to hear, believe and obey Your Word. Help us to always walk closely with You so we may never fail to recognize You prompting our spirit. Enable us to not only to identify it, but also never to ignore it. Help us to trust and act on Your prompting. Grant us peace so we can hear even the faintest whisper to our hearts above all the noises of this world. Keep us from becoming dull of hearing. Attune our hearts to Your voice. Leads us in the paths of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in His wonderful name that we pray and ask these things. Am,en!

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ANHELIC 3/7/2013 7:01PM

    Thank you Vic for another awesome lesson, hymn and prayer. Being at the feet of Jesus is my desire. Walking closely with Him and never having to fear of rejection is all we need and being at His feet, is what Jesus desires from us. May we be there with Him and obey Him as we speaks to us. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Sending you God's richest Blessings for your teaching and sharing God's word with us.
Blessings,
Joan

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LOSTLIME 3/7/2013 2:27PM

    Thank you,Vic for giving this lesson and teaching about the Lord!

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/7/2013 8:37AM

    I loved this statement, You see, nothing gives Him more pleasure than being able to take your life and mine, hold it out before the world and say, "This is what I can do with a life laid at my feet!"; (Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:7).

2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

God grant us the humility to be useful vessels.

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TONYVAND1 3/7/2013 8:25AM

  Trust and obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 3/7/2013 8:17AM

    It is comforting to know He LONGS to have the closest relationship ever with us! May I not crowd out my time with Him with other things. He deserves to be first and best!!!

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RSSSLHB 3/7/2013 8:10AM

    Amen on that preyer Vic emoticon God bless

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EDITOR 3/7/2013 7:36AM

    Thank you for the goodie yesterday, Vic.

DID YOU KNOW my first fear was that of, "Did He receive me?" Then came fears from without and within.

God does reassure and rejoices over us. It becomes an unrecognizable long process for some, lest we forget out humble beginnings. We now recognize we were sitting at His feet, and yet, walking in His footsteps. God bless!



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JOANIE69 3/7/2013 7:29AM

    Thank you for this lesson and hymn, and the prayer that I have made my own. Surely I have heard and yes, sometimes have put-off obeying God's Spirit when He prompted me to call somebody, or accept an opportunity to serve, or some other act I was not willing to quickly obey. God forgives such willful acts of disobedience, but I know I am the one who suffers loss, for although I am important to him, it is for my own good always, that I promptly obey His voice. Thank you for always encouraging us to quickly obey and do as our Lord asks, and to stay very close to Him, even as He desires our company. How blessed to be called the friends of God, and to be invited to have unbroken fellowship with Him. Praise Him... for He is so good to us!

May He abundantly bless you and yours this day, my friend and teacher, Joanie

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/6/2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 3/6/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:1-11
FINDING YOUR PLACE AT HIS FEET, Lesson 11b

V. 4-9 THE PRESENTATION MADE AT HIS FEET

V. 4 It Involved Research - Ruth was commanded to watch the place where Boaz laid himself down. Of all the men there, she was to isolate him and see where he was resting. If she was going to get at his feet, she had to find him. So it is with God's children. If we will obtain the blessings found at His feet, we must first find those feet. We have to come to the cross. In the matter of salvation, He does the finding of the lost sinner, (John 6:44, Eph. 2:1), and we do the seeking (Mat 6:33). But, for the redeemed, there is a sense in which we must find Him. You see, there are times when we all walk away from where we should be, when that happens, we are going to have to make the effort to move from where we are to where He is. He could force you to get there, but that would not be pleasant at all.

A word is in order concerning the place she found him. Boaz was in the threshing floor taking care of business. He was in the threshing floor. This was a place, usually located on top of a hill, where the gathered grain was processed.

Ordinarily, the threshing floor was circular, with either a hard clay or bedrock surface. The grain would be cut, gathered in sheaves and transported to the threshing floor. Once there, the sheaves would be placed on the floor and trampled under the feet of oxen pulling a sled. This would crack open the heads of grain and help separate the kernel from the husk. The workers would then take a flail, or a fan and toss the grain into the air. This work was usually started late in the afternoon when breezes were likely to be blowing across the hilltops. As the grain was tossed into the air, the wind would carry the lighter husks away and the heavier kernels would fall back to the floor. This process continued until all the husks and chaff had been blown away. The grain was then gathered into heaps.

Families would participate and after the threshing was finished, a time of celebration and praise would begin. At the conclusion of their feasting, the women and children would leave the floor to sleep nearby in tents, while the men slept around the heaps of grain. They slept with their heads near the grain and their feet away from the grain. They slept in this close proximity to the grain in order to protect it from theft.

The picture in this for us is of the price Christ paid so that we might have a relationship with Him. You see, for the grain, the threshing, or winnowing process was quite severe. The grain was trampled and tossed and torn to pieces so that the kernel, the life giving center, might be exposed. By the same token, our redeemer, the Lord Jesus entered His Father's threshing floor when He went to the cross for us.

There, He was trampled, tossed and torn to pieces so that life might be given to those who come to Him. When this was accomplished and He cried "It is finished!", there began a time of rejoicing and blessing that will never cease. Just like Boaz, our Jesus "ate, drank, rejoiced and slept" for us in God's threshing floor! Notice His meat and His drink (John 4:34); His rejoicing (Heb. 12:2); His sleep ( John 19:30). His trip to the Father's threshing floor makes it possible for us to get at His feet. See where He has been and you will know where He still is today, (Luke 2:49)!

Like Ruth, we should mark where He has been and let that be a special place in our hearts. May His death on Calvary never become "old hat" to the children of the King!

V. 5-6 It Involved Resolve - When Ruth heard what was required, she said, "I will do it!" This would require much courage and humility on the part of Ruth. It required her wanting to be with Him so much that she made the effort to go there. It required her to humble herself to lie at his feet. It also required great courage for her to approach this wealthy and important man. The same sort of resolve is required for a person to come to Jesus, whether it be, for salvation or for a closer walk. It requires us to make a move toward Him. It requires us to humble ourselves at His feet. It requires us to have the courage to admit that we have a need in our lives. But, for those who will make up their minds to get to Him regardless of the cost, the rewards are priceless!

V. 7-9 It Involved A Request - The context and the fears of both Ruth and Boaz. Then he awakes and she pops the question! Her request to be covered by him is a request for marriage. There is nothing immoral in Ruth's actions. This was common practice in those days. Ruth's actions teach us a valuable lesson about getting at the feet of Jesus. She just came to Boaz, humbled herself to him and asked for that which she needed! What a lesson! If you want to be closer to Him, then all you need do is get at His feet and ask. If you want to be saved, than all you need do is come to His feet and ask! The reason we do not have the things we want spiritually is often a result of our not taking the time to ask for them, (James 4:2).

TODAY’S VERSE!
Jeremiah 32:17 (New King James Version (NKJV)

17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“As The Deer” By: Martin Nystrom (1984)

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship Thee
(Chorus)
You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart's desire
And I long to worship Thee

You're my friend and You are my brother
Even though You are a king
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything

Chorus

I want You more than gold or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joy giver
And the apple of my eye

Chorus

TODAY’S PRAYER!

Heavenly and Holy Father, Just and Holy God! Help us to do the works You require; to believe in Jesus, and to obey and follow Him. We commit this day to trust You with all our circumstances and we ask that Your will take precedence over our will. We trust You to provide our every need, to keep every promise recorded in scripture, and to empower us to walk obediently to Your commands, as You transform us into holy servants. Thank You for Your faithfulness in fulfilling all Your promises. These things we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen!

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LOSTLIME 3/7/2013 2:07PM

    Thank you for this lesson. I hope to come to lay at His feet.

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ANHELIC 3/6/2013 9:39PM

    Thank you Vic for such a precious lesson, hymn and prayer. I heard this hymn today on my radio and I have been singing it in my head since then. Like Ruth and Boaz, I want to be at the feet of Jesus and reamain there with Him. This is another lesson, I will copy and keep for future reading. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your faithful teachings.

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TONYVAND1 3/6/2013 3:40PM

  Nothing is too difficult for Him.

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EDITOR 3/6/2013 2:50PM

    Christ throughout the Bible! Thank you, Vic, for lessons that flow from the Holy Spirit to us.
Thank you also for the goodie and note.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/6/2013 10:32AM

    Thank you for this beautiful lesson! I love this song!

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JOANIE69 3/6/2013 7:06AM

    emoticon Vic, for this uplifting lesson, beautiful hymn, and precious prayer. It all has touched my soul today, and my desire is unto Him. There is nothing on earth I can count as too costly to give up, in order to have a closer walk with the Lord. My prayer is your prayer today, and I am posting it on my desktop for a daily reminder to commit each day to the Lord and to His will, which is always good and best for me. Blessings, Joanie

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AZMOMXTWO 3/6/2013 6:49AM

  awesome as always thank you

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