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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
    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.
    1297 days ago
  • NELLIEH1
    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.
    1297 days ago
  • SWEETMAGNOLIA2
    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.
    1297 days ago
  • LOOKINGUP2012
    Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful Bible lessons, and for your prayers and songs!
    1297 days ago
  • TONYVAND1
    Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
    1297 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    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
    1297 days ago
  • RSSSLHB
    Amen! emoticon for posting
    1297 days ago
  • LOSTLIME
    Thank you for this lesson. Thank you for my spark goodie. Have a wonderful weekend.
    1297 days ago
  • CASTIRONLADY
    Thank God for our Redeemer! What a magnificent plen to redeem we fallen!
    1297 days ago
  • EDITOR
    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!
    1297 days ago
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