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Redeeming Love: The Book of Ruth  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Theme: God Restores. Purpose: Do God's will and Trust Him for Restoration. Mission: Grow in Faith that God is working. Gospel: The Resurrection empowers us to live for Jesus.

Ruth 4 NIV
Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down. Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek. I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.” “I will redeem it,” he said. Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.” At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.” (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.) So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal. Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!” Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.
Introduction: Story of preaching the geneology at Church in Tucson.

27-Our circumstances may seem impossible.

Naomi and Ruth’s circumstances seemed impossible
- She has lost her husband, and two sons, - Famine
- Children is everything for a woman in that culture it was life
- She has no means of support – she owns land but can’t do anything with it.
- Needs a man to run the farm and produce the means of support
- Her Grief is so deep, she can not go and glean.
- Time of Judges – People were violent.
- God is against her.
Women who lost her baby
* I met a co-worker on a business trip.
* She told me how her and her husband had experienced a stillborn.
* Deep, deep grief
* But she told me how her husband grew bitter, they got a divorce over it.
* However, she began to see how God was using her to minister to other people who went through the same grief.
No win situation for churches through COVID.
Article - 30% of people leaving churches.
A number of people have asked me about end times stuff. Many people are concerned about politics, and persecution of the Church.

28 - God Restores

To get enough money to live on, Naomi is selling the portion of the fields around Bethlehem that belonged to her late husband Elimelek. The hope is that, as the law intends, a goel (family guardian) will ‘redeem’ this property, buying it from Naomi, but also on her behalf, so that she has both the money from the sale and the field’s produce year by year. The other family guardian is initially willing to make this sacrifice. But when he learns he must also marry Ruth and give her children in her late husband’s name, he backs out, explaining, ‘I might endanger my own estate.’ (He can’t afford to part with the money for the property and then divide his remaining worth among his current children and those Ruth will have in the future.) But Boaz is a ‘man of standing’ who’s in an adequate position to help out financially in this way.” - Good Question Blog, Christopher R Smith, Did Boaz already have another wife when he married Ruth?
The next of Kin is Boaz’s foil - In the Story he walks away with no name
Custom of taking of Sandal....and why he leaves with No Name.
Deuteronomy 25:9–10 LEB
then his sister-in-law shall go near him before the eyes of the elders, and she shall pull off his sandal from his foot, and she shall spit in his face, and she shall declare and she shall say, ‘This is how it is done to the man who does not build the house of his brother.’ And his family shall be called in Israel, ‘The house where the sandal was pulled off.’
Boaz, however, is willing to pay the price and water down his own families inheritance.
Jesus was willing to pay the price to redeem us.
1. The wedding imagery at the end of the chapter is important—despair turns to redemption. In the overall structure of the Bible, despair (the Fall) turns to redemption (the Marriage Supper of the Lamb) because of our redeemer, Jesus.
What is restored in this story?
Naomi goes from Naomi - Mara, and is restored to Naomi again - She is given a name of honor.
Ruth is restored to protection and contributes to Naomi’s restoration - Obed is Naomi’s Child?
Restoration of the Land - It can produce again.
Elimilech, Chilian, Mahlon’s names are honored and restored and will be remembered.
Back to Elimilech - God has always been King - God's name is restored.
-But the Book of Ruth only takes on its fullest significance when we look at the geneology. Without the Geneology I question if this book would be in the Bible.
God’s promise for a King – Deut. 17:14-20
God’s promise to that King – 2 Chron. 13:5, 2 Sam. 7:12-16
So Obed was the link that almost went missing. – Timeline
If God did not do what he did through Ruth/Boaz – no David, no Christ, no promise of God fulfilled
Israel in the exile - thought God abandoned them, They had to wonder if God would bring the Messiah.
29 - Encouragement: When it seems like life is impossible, Remember that God Restores. If he did it then, he can do it again.
But Ruth/Boaz were just trying to get by...

30 - God uses ordinary people in his mission to restore.

Women who lost her baby
- I met a co-worker on a business trip.
- She told me how her and her husband had experienced a stillborn.
- Deep, deep grief
- But she told me how her husband grew bitter, they got a divorce over it.
- However, she began to see how God was using her to minister to other people who went through the same grief.
Use the Super-Hero Lego people again. - No Name Guy is not included.
Messed up Biblical People
The Bible is full of real and imperfect people. Noah was a drunk; Abraham was too old and a liar; Sarah laughed at God’s promises; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly. Joseph was abused; Moses had a stuttering problem and a short fuse; Miriam was a gossip; Gideon was afraid; Samson had long hair and was a womanizer; Jeremiah and Timothy were too young. Naomi was a widow; Job went bankrupt; David started off too young, then his armor didn’t fit, then he had an affair; Solomon was too rich. Elijah was burned-out and suicidal; Isaiah preached naked; Jeremiah was depressed; Jonah ran from God; Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning; Hosea’s wife was a prostitute. John the Baptist ate bugs; Martha worried about everything; the Samaritan woman was divorced,...
Answer to How do we live in these times we are in? - Answer according to Ruth and Revelation. Keep Loving God and Loving Others - God will use it in ways we can not see for his plan of restoration. - We don’t need to figure out the times, we don’t need to predict what will happen next, and how it will happen. We need to act more like Ruth and Boaz to others around us.
31 - Ruth/Revalations message - God Wins, so stand firm in Jesus’ way of life.
Revelation 22:11–13 NIV
Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Conclusion: Close with beginning Story of the Lady in the Hospital.
Reference the Reformed Confessions: The Reformed Confessions are statements of faith written to clarify the Gospel at times when the Church was in crisis. Heidelberg Catechism: Q&A 1, 26-39, 45, 56-57, 61, 126 Belgic Confession: Articles 13, 17, 23, 37 Canons of Dort: Head II: Article 3
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