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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 2/27/2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 2/27/2013

Pursued By Grace Series

Ruth 3:1-2
LOOKING FOR A LITTLE REST, Lesson 9b

THE PROMISE OF REST
Naomi tells Ruth that she wants to find Ruth a husband because he can provide her with the things which she cannot provide for herself. She says "that it might be well with thee." This phrase literally means, that “you may have the best." This is a promise that is full of meaning for this young widow.

The Promise Of Hope - If Ruth were to find such a marriage relationship, she would find relief from her past, her poverty and her pain. She would find the cure for her work, her worries and her wanderings. Instead of being a dead-end, life would suddenly have meaning for her. There would be hope for the future. Life might not be and endless series of days trying to scratch out a living in that unforgiving society. She might just find love! She might just have children! She might just find joy! Those who come into a love relationship with the Lord Jesus find far more than they counted on! They find that their lives are forever changed by His power. They find that they are loved, forgiven, part of something big and eternal. They find peace, joy and hope. They find not just the promise of rest, but they experience reality of rest first hand!

The Promise Of Help - The rest, promised Ruth a man who would meet her needs! A man, who would love her and provide for her needs. A man who would take care of her and offer her the kind of security she could only dream about. It was the promise of help as she went down the path of life. What a picture of what all the saints find in Jesus! He gives us hope day by day, but He also offers help along the way. No longer are we forced to go the way alone, now we have a companion, (Heb. 13:5). The saints need never fear being cast out, (John 6:37). The saints need never fear where the road of life will take them, for Jesus scouts the way and plans the path. Thank God for His help as we travel toward glory.

The Promise Of A Home - A marriage rest would provide Ruth with a new home. She would have a place to settle down and enjoy the blessings of her new relationship. The saints have a resting place as they travel through this world. That is true. However, I am glad that I can remind you that there is a home awaiting us at the end of the way, (John 14:1-3); a home, where the burdens, pains and trials of life will not be allowed to follow, (Rev. 21:4).

THE PLACE OF REST
Naomi reveals the name of the person she has in mind to be Ruth's husband. She has already picked out Boaz. After all, he is kin folks. He has the finances to take care of the need and he seems interested in Ruth. Ruth's rest will not be found in a place, but in a person, just as Christians find their hope in Jesus Christ.

He Had The Right Reputation - His reputation is stated in Ruth 2:1 and demonstrated through his actions. He displayed compassion, wisdom and grace in his dealings with Ruth. He cared about Ruth in spite of her past, in spite of what the community though about her or in spite of what she could offer him. He loved her like she was and he acted in grace toward her. Our heavenly Father, has the same reputation. Jesus loves the sinner, (Jer. 31:3; Rom. 5:8). He deals with us in grace, (Eph. 2:8-9). And, in spite of our past, or even what we could offer Him, He still reaches out in love to save all those who call on Him by faith and in obedience!

He Had The Right Relationship - Boaz was a "kinsman." That is, he had the right of redemption. Because he was so closely related, he could make a difference in Ruth's life. I would just remind you that our heavenly Lord is also related to us, (Phil. 2:5-11). Jesus became a man so that He might give His life a ransom for the elect. Thank God, He has the right relationship! No one else could have done what He did for sinners!

He Had The Right Resources - Boaz was "mighty man of wealth." He could afford to pay the price to redeem Ruth. Our God, the Lord Jesus, is also a mighty man of wealth! Even though He owns all things, His financial resources could not buy our redemption. Thankfully, the very thing we needed is what He has the most of! The lost sinner needs righteousness to face God, (Matt. 5:20). However, the best we can produce in the righteousness category is vastly insufficient, (Isa. 64:6). However, Jesus is abundantly and perfectly righteous! When He died for us, the righteous died for the unrighteous, (2 Cor. 5:21). Now, all those who trust Jesus by faith have their unrighteousness replaced with His righteousness, (Rom. 4:20-25). In Whose righteousness are you trusting today?

He Had The Right Resolve - Boaz gave every indication that he was interested in a relationship with Ruth. He gave to her freely. He was kind and compassionate toward her. He gave her a standing invitation to enter and glean in his field. He wants her to know she can come to him for what she needs. Everything Jesus Christ has done for humanity has been designed to show us that He cares. He has done everything in His power to show us that He desires a relationship with us. All that remains is for lost men and women to turn to Him by faith and receive what He offers them, (Matt. 11:28). He offers hope; He offers salvation and He offers rest. His offer still stands today, (John 7:37; Rev. 22:17). Praise God!

Conc: Are you at rest today? Now, I am not referring to physical rest. I am referring to spiritual rest! Is your spirit at rest? Is all well between you and the Lord? Have you entered into that relationship with Him that brings His best into your life? What I am asking is this: Are you truly saved by the grace of God? If the answer is "No", then you can be today if you will come to Jesus by faith and obey His commands. If the answer is "I don't know" than you probably need to be saved. If He is in you, you will know it. I certainly don't know your hearts, but you know your heart and God knows your heart. If there is a need, you come to Him and find rest.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Ecclesiastes 12:11 (New King James Version (NKJV)

11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd

TODAY’S HYMN!
“It Is Well With My Soul” By: Horatio G. Spafford (1873)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most High God! Someone has said that Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, but rather, tried and found difficult and abandoned. Help us O God! We need strength; we need faith; we need Your grace to help us in our determination to live and serve You, the only True and Living God. We need Jesus living in us to keep us from being dismayed in our failures. What a challenge is presented to us to say, “Not as we will, but as Thou will”. This call to self-denial is incredible. It is here that we either include You or exclude You daily in the life we live. Guide us through Your Spirit and increase our faith. This we pray with a sincere heart in the name of Jesus. Amen!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEWGGMOTHER 3/4/2013 11:32AM

    Thank you and thank you for the invitation to join the team

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LINDAMARIEZ1 3/3/2013 3:31PM

    Thank you for todays lesson Vic!

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MNABOY 2/27/2013 10:38PM

    It is well!

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ANHELIC 2/27/2013 7:29PM

    Thank you for your lesson, hymn and prayer. Knowing the background of this hymn really touches my heart, reading the words again. How he could have written this hymn after his wife and family sank on a ship that was coming to meet him. I can see how he was at rest and peace while writing this beautiful hymn. I am at rest in the Lord and knowing how He comforts and walks with me gives me peace and no fear is in my life. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. God Bless you for your teaching.

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SORTIZA99 2/27/2013 10:31AM

    Good day.
God bless you always.

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63KEEPONGOING 2/27/2013 10:13AM

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RSSSLHB 2/27/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon Vic, God bless

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TONYVAND1 2/27/2013 8:23AM

  It is well with my soul

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 2/27/2013 8:20AM

    Such a beautiful picture of the love of Christ! Yes, He is the "Right One" to give my heart and allegiance to. He makes it "Well With My Soul" whatever my trials or triumphs. Thank you again for a wonderful lesson and thank God for giving it to you to share!

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JOANIE69 2/27/2013 7:54AM

    Bless the Lord oh my soul
Let all that is within me,
Praise His Holy Name!


Thank you for your spark mail and all you do for me and others to encourage us and teach us. You, my Spark teacher and friend, are simply emoticon
To God be the glory. Blessings, Joanie

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EDITOR 2/27/2013 7:19AM

    Thanks for the goodie and note yesterday, Vic.

I have to say, we may kick against the goads, but God always, "Gives us what's best."

Hope, help, rest, all the blessings God desired to give her, she received, or should I say, "We do receive."

I am at rest, because He saved a wretched soul such as me. The Kingdom is coming, His will is being done. I hope others will give Him a shout of praise today!

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