Ruth is a story of hope and love, of rescue and redemption … in the middle of hard times.How do you keep going when you are in a bad place?How do you get to a better place?
So, let’s start
The events of the book of Ruth happened within the time period of OT Book called Judges.This period in history is bookended by two statements of decline, loss and disappointment.Ruth though, is a book of hope and rescue in the midst of hard times … it is about love, friendship and redemption.
This is a story primarily about three peopleNaomi, who seems to lose everythingRuth, an unexpected friend, who starts the story as an outsiderAnd Boaz … a decent and kind man, though possibly a little dim … though we get to that.God is a character here too … though kindof in the background. His goodness is present, but you have to look for it.This is not a story of obviously mind blowing miracles and walking on water … rather, it is a tale of the grace and love of God worked out in daily life. Which is where we all need to look for him and find him.
Judges: bad times and good times … followed by bad times again.Choices and consequences. When you ignore God’s direction for your life and his way of doing things … it will go badly for you.Moab, a near neighbour, on the other side of the Jordan river … an odd place to choose.Distant cousins, from the incestuous offspring of Lot and his daughters. Lot was Abraham’s brother.They try to curse Israel during the time in the wildernessAnd actively go to war with Israel during the early chapters of Judges.
They stay, because there is food.The boys intermarry (they shouldn’t) … tbere are no children even after 10 years. Both boys die. It’s all gone wrong
Moabites were distant cousins to the Israelites – the offspring of Abraham’s brother Lot.They were at war with Israel during this time and Ehud (the left handed Judge) sorts this out (Judges 3)
26th May 2013Ruth 1:1-5WHEN LIFE FALLS APART
Joshua 24:31 Israel served the LORD throughout thelifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlivedhim and who had experienced everything the LORDhad done for Israel.Judges 21:25 In those days Israel had no king;everyone did as they saw fit.In the days when the judges ruled …
In the days when the judges ruled, there was afamine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem inJudah, together with his wife and two sons, went tolive for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’sname was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, andthe names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion.They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah.And they went to Moab and lived there.Ruth 1: 1-3
Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she wasleft with her two sons. 4 They married Moabitewomen, one named Orpah and the other Ruth.After they had lived there about ten years, 5 bothMahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was leftwithout her two sons and her husband.Ruth 1: 4-5
1. Pray: God is good2. Trust: God’s family1. Believe: God’spromises2. And … walk slowlyWhen life falls apart
1. When life falls apart2. Unexpectedfriendship3. Undeserved favour4. Undercover love5. Unreserved kindness6. Unmerited grace7. When life comesThe Book of Ruth