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Ruth's Redeemer, Boaz; Our Redeemer, Jesus
Good Morning to the followers of Voices Of Hope Evangelistic Team and to all who are listening to or reading this message via Facebook and our Website! How Great Is Our God!
Today we're going to end our series on the Old Testament Book of Ruth. Our scripture comes from Ruth Chapter 4 and you can be turning there in your Bibles. If you missed the last three weeks' messages, you can read or listen to them at our website: www.VoicesOfHope.faith and then click on “Sermons.”
As a quick review, in Ruth Chapter 1, Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, and their two sons left Bethlehem-judah because of a famine and moved to Egypt. While there, Elimelech died and his two sons married Moabite women. The sons also died, leaving three widows with no means of support. After hearing that the famine had ended, Naomi decided to go back to her homeland of Bethlehem-judah and encouraged her two daughters-in-law to return to their fathers. Orpah did so but Ruth refused to go back. She returned to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law, Naomi, and by doing that, she was denouncing her own family and religion. She left Moab behind forever and followed Naomi to Israel. Even when they were back home in Bethlehem, there was no work and no security.
In Ruth Chapter 2, Ruth got permission from Naomi to go glean for food for them and ended up in one of Boaz's fields. Gleaning was the system set up at that time for widows and poor people to get food for themselves. Boaz visited the field where Ruth was gleaning and after learning who she was, gave Ruth permission to glean with his maidservants for the rest of the harvest. He also invited Ruth to drink from the water the men had drawn and to join him for a meal. Boaz instructed his workers to protect Ruth while she was gleaning. At the end of the day Ruth returned to Naomi with enough food for 10 days. Naomi asked whose field Ruth had gleaned in and when Ruth answered, Boaz, Naomi explained that Boaz was a near kinsman and that Ruth should continue gleaning there, which Ruth did.
In Ruth, Chapter 3, harvest season has ended and Naomi was concerned for Ruth's future. Naomi explained to Ruth the process of being redeemed by a near kinsman. As Boaz was a relative, Naomi told Ruth what she should do to let Boaz know she wanted him to be her kinsman-redeemer, which Ruth did. Boaz told Ruth he would redeem her, but that there was a closer relative who must first be allowed the right to be her kinsman-redeemer. Boaz would meet with him and if he refused, Boaz will redeem (marry) Ruth.
It's amazing how God leads when we just do what God places before us. God is always at work behind the scenes to accomplish His will for our lives, even when we have no idea what that will is.
And now we continue reading from Ruth Chapter 4.
1 Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.
2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.
3 And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:
4 And I thought to advertise thee, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If thou wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if thou wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside thee; and I am after thee. And he said, I will redeem it.
5 Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.
6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.
7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing, for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
9 And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.
10 Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.
11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:
12 And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman.
13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.
14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.
16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.
17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
19 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
21 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
22 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David
We have seen in the Book of Ruth that what many would call chance encounters are actually divine appointments that You provide.
You are always at work around us and Your love for us is real and personal. Help us to trust You with our decisions and our futures. Let us lean on You instead of relying on our own imperfect understanding. Give us clear guidance in our lives.
As we submit ourselves to You, Lord, we know that You will direct our paths the way You directed the paths of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, and we can have confidence that Your direction is always the best way to go.
In Jesus' name,
I want to open this message with a story many of you are familiar with.
Have you ever heard of Edward Kimball? He was the lay Sunday School teacher who lead D.L. Moody to Christ. When Moody was an 18 year old shoe salesman in Boston, he visited Kimball's Sunday School class. Kimball later felt God leading him to visit Moody. Moody worked at a shoe store so Kimball went to there to call on Moody. While Moody was shelving shoes Kimball remembered "I went up to him and put my hand on his shoulder, and as I leaned over...I made my plea, and I feel that it was really a weak one. I don't know just what the words I used...I simply told him of Christ's love for him and the love Christ wanted in return."
Moody describes how this man's love was used to lead him to Christ:
"I recollect that my teacher came around behind the counter of the shop I was at work in, and put his hand upon my shoulder, and talked to me about Christ and my soul. I had not felt that I had a soul till then. I said to myself: 'this is a very strange thing. Here is a man who never saw me till lately, and he is weeping over my sins, and I never shed a tear for them.' But I understand it now, and know what it is to have a passion for men's souls and weep over their sins. I don't remember what he said, but I can feel the power of that man's hand on my shoulder tonight. It was not long after that I was brought into the Kingdom of God." (A Passion for Souls, Lyle Dorsett, pg. 47)
Dwight L. Moody eventually left the shoe store to become one of the greatest preachers and evangelists of all time. Moody, whose international speaking took him to the British Isles, preached in a little chapel pastored by a young man with the imposing name of Frederic Brotherton Meyer. In his sermon Moody told an emotionally charged story about a Sunday School teacher who personally went to every student in his class and led each of them to Christ. That message changed Pastor Meyer's ministry, inspiring him to become an evangelist like Moody. Over the years Meyer came to America. While speaking in Northfield, Massachusetts, a young preacher heard Meyer say, "If you are not willing to give up everything for Christ, are you willing to be made willing?" That remark led J. Wilbur Chapman to respond to the call of God on his life.
Chapman went on to become one of the most effective evangelists of his time. A volunteer by the name of Billy Sunday helped set up his crusades and learned how to preach by watching Chapman. Sunday eventually took over Chapman's ministry becoming one of the most dynamic evangelists of this century. Billy Sunday's preaching brought thousands to Christ.
Inspired by a 1924 Billy Sunday crusade in Charlotte, North Carolina, a group of Christians dedicated themselves to reaching their city for Christ. The group invited the evangelist Mordecai Ham to come and hold a series of evangelistic meetings in 1932. A lanky 16 year old sat in the huge crowd one evening, spellbound by the message the white-haired preacher gave. Each evening the preacher seemed to be shouting and waving his finger at the young man. Night after night the teen came and finally went forward to give his life to Christ.
That teenager was Billy Graham. Billy Graham has communicated the gospel to more people than any other person in history. And it all started with a Sunday School teacher named Kimball.
We are all part of God’s great plan. On this side of Heaven we may never know what impact our life has had, but we can be sure that if we follow God’s will for our lives, He will do more through us than we could ever imagine, because God’s plan is always the best plan.
Last week at the end of Chapter three Boaz told Ruth he would meet with the closer relative that day.
This week in Chapter four, Boaz went to the city gate where business was transacted in those days. Boaz saw the closer relative, whose name we are not told, and asked to meet with him. Boaz also called ten of the elders to witness the meeting. Boaz wasn't trying to be secretive about this; he wanted everything to be done according to the law.
Boaz explained that Elimelech's widow Naomi, who had returned from Moab, was selling a piece of land. As the closer relative he had first opportunity to redeem the land. The closer relative was interested until Boaz mentioned that whoever bought the land also had to redeem and marry Ruth and raise her children in her deceased husband's name. Her children would inherit the land, not his. The closer relative then said he couldn't do that as it would jeopardize his own property. As was the custom in those days, the near kinsman took off his shoe and gave it to Boaz, which validated the transaction. Boaz was now free to marry Ruth and redeem her.
As we first encountered Ruth, it appeared she had little hope for the future, but God was working in her life. She was a Gentile from Moab, one whom most Jews had no desire to show compassion. She was a stranger to the commonwealth of Israel. It is nothing short of a miracle that she was accepted and cared for, but God chose to show her His marvelous grace and His favor.
Instead of shame and ridicule, the town leaders blessed Boaz when he redeemed Ruth. Boaz bought Ruth out of a life of poverty and shame. He married her and made her his own, and the town people honored him for it. But more than that, GOD honored Boaz and Ruth, as well.
Ruth had been married to Mahlon for probably 10 years and had not borne a child. But look at verses 13 through 17:
“So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.”
God put Ruth in the lineage of King David Himself. He was one of Israel’s greatest kings and an ancestor of the Messiah! God exalted Ruth. He lifted her up. He honored her beyond anything she could have ever imagined.
In the past Chapters of Ruth, we have seen that Naomi planned, and she taught, and the Apostle Paul says in the New Testament, that older women should teach the younger women.
- Naomi taught Ruth how to be a godly woman.
- Ruth carried that out in her action with Boaz.
- We are called to be a Naomi who was pleasant and planned in a Godly way.
- We are called to be a Ruth, to be friends with others and draw others to Christ.
- We are called to be a Boaz to have strength in our faith.
Boaz was a godly man. He said, ‘Yes, I desire to marry you, yes I desire to redeem you, yes I will protect you. I will put you underneath my skirt. I will put you underneath my wings. I will be with you.’
We see that Boaz and Ruth are examples of Jesus Christ and the church, His bride.
We learned last week that there were three qualifications in order for someone to be a Kinsman-Redeemer.
1. The kinsman redeemer had to be the closest living relative.
2. The kinsman redeemer had to have the financial means to carry out the rescue.
3. The kinsman redeemer had to have the willingness to carry out the rescue.
Boaz fulfilled all of these requirements and was free to redeem Ruth and marry her.
Over 2,000 years ago Jesus left Heaven and came to earth as our Kinsman Redeemer. He was born in the same little town where these events took place. There in Bethlehem, God became man.
John 1:14 says, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1. Jesus meets the first qualification of Kinsman Redeemer as He is a member of the human family, this makes Him our near relative.
2. Jesus meets the second qualification of Kinsman Redeemer as He was willing to redeem us. He came to earth willingly took our place on the cross.
Romans 5:8 says,But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Boaz did not have to redeem Ruth, but because of his love for her he was more than willing to do so. Jesus did not have to redeem us, but because of His marvelous love He was more than willing to do so!
3. Jesus meets the third qualification of Kinsman Redeemer as He was able to redeem us.
Romans 6:23 says, For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus went to the cross to redeem us from the curse of death.
Galatians 3:13 says, Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Jesus was the only one able to redeem us because He was the only One who could fulfill the requirements of the Law! He was willing to redeem us and He was able to redeem us.
Jesus is our Boaz. If there is a need in your life, Jesus is the answer. If you have never trusted Him in salvation, He stands ready to forgive, save, and restore.
No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, because of God's grace you can be saved.
If you’ve never really been saved and known God, not known about God but known God, and don’t have a personal, intimate relationship with Him, I want to encourage you to invite Jesus to come into your heart and life. There’s no better time than now to repent, turn to God and respond to His grace.
The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9-10 & 13:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
It's that simple and you can sincerely pray this prayer, or one of your own.
Father God, I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins and on the third day You, God, raised Him from the dead. I believe that with my heart, and I confess with my mouth that from now on you're my Lord. Please forgive me and wash me now of my sins, come into my heart and fill me with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
If you’ve known God but walked away from His call on your life to do your own thing, then it’s time to stop in your tracks and repent all over again and get back to fulfilling God’s plan in and through your life. Tomorrow may be too late.
May you be blessed in Jesus' Name.
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