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A Gracious Man

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Background and Introduction

The story of Ruth shows us a true sense of family. This book expounds on a topic of loyalty, friendship, helpfulness, wisdom and love. Typically we hashtag relationship goals when it comes to Ruth and Boaz. Many young ladies desire to have a Mother-in-law with such wisdom as Naomi. Nonetheless let’s look at this lesson as a sign of grace. Although the author is not mentioned the lesson in this book is relevant and personal regardless of the space of life you are currently in.
Grace is such a powerful gift given to us by God. It is imperative that as God’s grace is bestowed on us, that attitude and meaningful service is to be shared with others. God’s grace is not person specific, nor should our love be conditional as well.
Considering the future we know that Ruth as well as Boaz are mentioned in the lineage road map of Jesus Christ. This all comes to fruition at the expense of Grace, Love, Loyalty and Obedience.

Grace Transcends Background

Understand, Ruth is a Moabite woman. Who has pledged her loyalty to a woman in Naomi of Hebrew descent. Understand people who know your past can hold you hostage to that past. They knew that she was the Daughter-in-Law of Elimelech, they knew he fled this land during a time of famine.
We are dealing with a people who believe that the sins of the father are often times transferable to the rest of his family.
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned this man or his parents, that he was born blind?
Despite your background, grace acknowledges the idea that God blesses people when we have enough sacrificial love to help those who need it.
Ruth did not have to do what she had done for her mother in law.
Boaz replied to her, All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.
This in turn prompts Boaz to showcase some grace of his own. Regardless of background people are looking for refuge.
“under whose wings you have come to seek refuge”.
Boaz entreats Ruth not as a Moabite, but as a beautiful woman created by God.
Boaz invites her at mealtime, he is intentional about the time and the occasion.
Boaz essentially commands her to eat with him. The word said in this text means to command or mention. He invites her in despite her background.
o Boaz essentially commands her to eat with him. The word said in this text means to command or mention.
Grace not only invites you in! Grace says sit close to the one in charge, regardless of your background. Grace says, not only dine with me but eat until you are full. This is the type of gracious man that Boaz is, and the background or ethnicity of Ruth does not matter to him.
The grace of Boaz even spans further than the dinner table. Understand that he is pastor of this pasture, and he commands that the needs of Ruth be met and then some.
Boaz even commanded those who were gleaning to take out a little for her and give it to her. Even though they had to give her some of theirs do not insult her for getting her own. We are all here to serve each other. Your service, or pulling out grain to give to others has to be intentional. Boaz states, and when you “purposely”. This meant to pull it out and put it in a container for her.
o Come – draw near, or to come close (invitation).
o Eat – tells her why she is coming. He (Boaz) gives direct instructions of what to do with the bread while she dines with him.
o She sat with the reapers, she sat with the rest of the people who were there to collect the harvest.
o Once they sat at the table, he served them.
o Once she sat down, she ate (defined as eating until her full). Not only eating until she was full but had left overs after she was done.
o Once she was done eating, she rose to glean. She rose to gather what had been provided by Boaz.
o Boaz even commanded those who were gleaning to take out a little for her and give it to her. Even though they had to give her some of theirs do not insult her for getting her own. We are all here to serve each other. Your service, or pulling out grain to give to others has to be intentional. Boaz states, and when you “purposely”. This meant to pull it out and put it in a container for her.
There is a blessing in the blessing of what was given to her. She had a enough for her and her mother in law, but even the seed that she had gotten from what she collected was a basket full. (There is a blessing in the blessing of what God gives us.) He gives us grace, and there’s even a gift in the grace that blesses others.

Grace Doesn’t Make Sense

When we look at people through our human eyes grace does not make sense!
Grace says despite your past here you go. Oh, you do not look like us? Here you go! Not only here you go, but here is some from everyone else.
When she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her.
The grace of Boaz, takes it a step further - Also you shall purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.
Boaz even commanded those who were gleaning to take out a little for her and give it to her. Even though they had to give her some of theirs do not insult her for getting her own. We are all here to serve each other. Your service or pulling out grain to give to others has to be intentional. Boaz states, and when you “purposely”. This meant to pull it out and put it in a container for her.
o Boaz even commanded those who were gleaning to take out a little for her and give it to her. Even though they had to give her some of theirs do not insult her for getting her own. We are all here to serve each other. Your service or pulling out grain to give to others has to be intentional. Boaz states, and when you “purposely”. This meant to pull it out and put it in a container for her.
The gracious man is intentional about his service!

The Blessing within the blessing of Grace

“She gleaned until the evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barely”.
Not only did she have grain! But within the grain was seeds of barely, in which she had about four gallons. This is what grace does, grace doesn’t only bless you with an immediate need but prepares you for a future need as well.
o Ruth shows us that loyalty and service expands past blood lineage.
o Ruth shows that when we sacrifice for others God will sacrifice for us.
o Boaz shows us that people do not have to look like us to receive the grace that God has given us.
o When people see that the leader serves, people do not mind serving others as well. Service is contagious.
o We should always entreat our elderly like our own parents.
o Our elders should give wise advice to those who are younger than us.

What is God trying to say/teach/show?

· What is God trying to say/teach/show? (theology of the text)
o God is teaching us that service and loyalty never comes back empty.
o He will bless you no matter where you are.
o God’s grace will provide no matter where we are.
o God provides an abundance because he expects us to bless others with our excess.

· What is Jesus trying to say/teach?

Boaz exemplifies Jesus before Jesus even comes to the earth. Understand Jesus comes so that we might have life. Boaz was placed in Ruth’s life to provide for her in ways she was not expecting.
The invitation of Jesus has directions attached to the blessings.
He invites us to his table to provide for us, not to take things from us.
Jesus blesses us despite our background. Grace is for all who will receive it as a gift.

In Closing

· What has God revealed to you? (Word Equity)
God has revealed to me that his Grace knows no race, color, creed or gender.
Grace is available for all mankind.
o Grace is available for all mankind.
o Our grace becomes stronger when we use the grace of God to be a blessing to someone else.
Our grace becomes stronger when we use the grace of God to be a blessing to someone else.
o Boaz blessed Ruth because God had blessed him. Also Ruth was a pure woman, God will always take care of us, even more so when we are obedient.
Boaz blessed Ruth because God had blessed him. Also Ruth was a pure woman, God will always take care of us, even more so when we are obedient.
Boaz blessed Ruth because God had blessed him. Also Ruth was a pure woman, God will always take care of us, even more so when we are obedient.
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What do God’s people need to hear from this text? Why?
· What do God’s people need to hear from this text? Why?
o God’s people need to know that Grace is for all of us. Despite what society may think you need and want, following God is always the right choice. Ruth did not have to stay with Naomi, just like Boaz did not have to allow her to gather food for herself and Naomi, and even furthermore he did not have to ask the reapers to give her some of theirs as well. , ,
God’s people need to know that Grace is for all of us. Despite what society may think you need and want, following God is always the right choice. Ruth did not have to stay with Naomi, just like Boaz did not have to allow her to gather food for herself and Naomi, and even furthermore he did not have to ask the reapers to give her some of theirs as well. , ,
Let’s use the grace of God to be a blessing to others, not just ourselves. Also let us keep ourselves pure as men and women because we never know who is looking.
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