Friday, March 08, 2013
RUTH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 3/8/2013
Pursued By Grace Series
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).
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.
“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.
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.
I will praise my dear Redeemer,
His triumphant pow'r I'll tell,
How the victory He giveth
Over sin, and death, and hell.
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.
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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