Tuesday, February 19, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 2/19/2013
Pursued By Grace Series
SEARCHING FOR GRACE, Lesson 5b
V. 3 THE PROVIDENCE IN HER SEARCH
Involved God's Command In The Past - Ruth went to a field and began to glean. She was allowed to do this because of a command that God had given in the ancient past, (Lev. 19:9-10; Deut. 24:19-22). God had worked in her past to take care of her present need. The same is true in the life of the believer. Our present standing in Jesus was made possible because of what God did in the ancient past. We were chosen in Christ in the past, (Eph. 1:4-6); Jesus was provided for our salvation before man ever sinned, (Rev. 13:8, 1 Pet. 1:18-20). Everything we have and are today is a product of the past work of the Lord, and of His grace, (1 Cor. 15:10).
Involved God's Control In The Present - This verse says that it was her "hap" to go into a field owned by this man named Boaz. From a human perspective it looked as though it was purely coincidental. However, for God's perspective, it was sovereignty in action. He had already determined that there was going to be a wedding, and a baby for Ruth! Ruth doesn't know it, but the Lord is pulling all the strings of her life to get her in the right place at the right time. Just as the Lord worked in Ruth's life He works in each of our lives. Nothing happens by accident! The words accident, happenstance and coincidence do not exist in God's dictionary! He moves powerfully and providentially to bring about His will in your life and mine! That is why we can have confidence as believer! God is always working and moving in our lives to accomplish one goal: He is reproducing His Son in every saint of God, (Rom. 8:28-31).
V. 1 THE PERSON IN HER SEARCH
She thought she was looking for a meal, but God was about to introduce her to a man. She went to find some food, God was about to give her a new family. Although Ruth doesn't know it right now, this Boaz is the real object of her search. Notice what the Bible teaches us about this man.
He Was A Related Man - This verse tells us that he was a "kinsman." He was just what Ruth needed, although she didn't know it. Boaz was qualified to perform the function of the "Kinsman Redeemer" to these widows, according to the Law of God, (Num. 27:8-11). Boaz is a type of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. He became a "kinsman" to us so that He might redeem us from our sins, (Phil. 2:5-8).
He Was A Rich Man - He was "a mighty man of wealth". This means that Boaz possessed all the necessary resources to carry out the task of redemption. Jesus Christ also is a man of sufficient resources to carry out the plan of redemption.
He possesses perfect righteousness, (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22-24; Isa. 53:4-6).
He possesses everlasting love for the fallen, (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 5:8, John 3:16).
He possesses infinite grace, sufficient to save any soul that will bow to God in faith and repentance, (Eph. 2:8-9), (Paul - 1 Tim. 1:12-17)!
He completed God's plan for your redemption in its entirety, (Heb. 10:11-14, Heb. 9:24-28); and now God is satisfied, (1 John 2:1; Isa. 53:11). Salvation may be free, but it wasn't cheap! Still, you can be saved today if you will come to Jesus by faith!
He Was A Respected Man - We are told that Boaz was "a mighty man". His name means, "In it is strength." It sounds as though he was a respected man. Some scholars believer that Boaz and Ibzan, an Israelite judge, (Judges 12:8-10), are the same fellow. It is this man that Ruth will meet, fall in love with and come to know intimately. Again, he is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ in that God has given Jesus an exalted Name, (Phil. 2:9-11). Men may mock Him and use His name as a byword, but in Heaven, that Name evokes worship and celebration! Of course, on day, He will receive the respect He is due from all men, (Rom. 14:11, Rev. 5:1-13)! It is far better to do it now than to wait until that day!
Conc: I want to conclude this section from Ruth with three questions. They are simple. You know the answers and all you have to do is be honest in dealing with them.
Are you saved, not a church member, not a good person, but truly born again?
If you are saved, can you honestly say that you are growing in the Lord as you should be? It is God's command and desire that we grow, (2 Pet. 3:18).
Are you hungry for something in your spiritual life that you do not have right now? If so, it is available from the Lord, (Psa. 84:11; Matt. 11:28). God has what each of you is looking for today, if you will come to Him and get it.
Mark 4:26-27 (New King James Version (NKJV)
26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.”
“Hark, The Gentle Voice” By: Mary B. C. Slade (1873)
Hark! the gentle voice of Jesus falleth
Tenderly upon your ear
Sweet His cry of love and pity calleth
Turn and listen, stay and hear.
Ye that labor and are heavy laden
Lean upon your dear Lord's breast
Ye that labor and are heavy laden
Come, and I will give you rest
Take His yoke, for He is meek and lowly
Bear His burden, to Him turn
He who calleth is the Master holy
He will teach if you will learn.
Then, His loving, tender voice obeying
Bear His yoke, His burden take
Find the yoke His hand is on you laying
Light and easy for His sake.
Thank You, Father; Thank You, Jesus; Thank You, Holy Spirit! Thank You for all that you continuously do for us. We praise You for each and every blessing. We know that all good things come from You. We are forever grateful for them. Forgive us when we take credit for work You have done on our behalf. Let us bow before You with a humble spirit and give You all the glory and praise. Keep us from entertaining pride in our hearts. Show us when prideful thoughts take hold of our hearts and minds. Keep us far from the destruction that is sure to come by our failure to acknowledge You as our sovereign Savior and God. Help us to be separated from all pride of heart. These things we pray and ask in the Merciful name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen!
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