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Ruth is a perfectly crafted short story of an unexpected love affair. What starts as a tragic mess develops into grand tale of redemption and rescue.

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  • 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?
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  • 20130609 undeserved favour pm

    1. 1. 9th June 2013Ruth 2:1-23UNDESERVED FAVOUR
    2. 2. Luke 24: 26-27 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that theMessiah would have to suffer all these things beforeentering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them throughthe writings of Moses and all theprophets, explaining from all the Scriptures thethings concerning himself.Jesus on the road to Emmaus
    3. 3. Elimelech = God is my KingNaomi = PleasantBethlehem = House of BreadMahlon = SicknessChilion = Decimation / DeathMoab = Of my father, ‘Incest’Ruth = Friend / companionOrpah = Back of the neckBoaz = Strong, brave, able, successfulWhat’s in a name?Mara = Bitter
    4. 4. Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’sside, a man of standing from the clan ofElimelek, whose name was Boaz. 2 And Ruth theMoabite said to Naomi, ‘Let me go to the fields andpick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whoseeyes I find favour.’ Naomi said to her, ‘Go ahead, mydaughter.’ 3 So she went out, entered a field andbegan to glean behind the harvesters. As it turnedout, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz.Ruth 2: 1-3
    5. 5. While she was there, Boaz arrived fromBethlehem and greeted the harvesters.“The Lord be with you!” he said.“The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied.5 Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that youngwoman over there? Who does she belong to?”6 And the foreman replied, “She is the young womanfrom Moab who came back with Naomi.Ruth 2: 4-6
    6. 6. She asked me this morning if she could gathergrain behind the harvesters. She has been hard atwork ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in theshelter.”Ruth 2: 7
    7. 7. Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, mydaughter. Stay right here with us when you gathergrain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behindthe young women working in my field. 9 See whichpart of the field they are harvesting, and then followthem. I have warned the young men not to treat youroughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself tothe water they have drawn from the well.”Ruth 2: 8-9
    8. 8. Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly.“What have I done to deserve such kindness?”she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”Ruth 2: 10
    9. 9. Hesed/Chesed – ‘Kindness’
    10. 10. “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also knowabout everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heardhow you left your father and mother and your ownland to live here among complete strangers. 12 Maythe Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings youhave come to take refuge, reward you fully for whatyou have done.”Ruth 2: 11-12
    11. 11. “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied.“You have comforted me by speaking so kindly tome, even though I am not one of your workers.”14 At mealtime Boaz called to her, “Come overhere, and help yourself to some food. You can dipyour bread in the sour wine.” So she sat with hisharvesters, and Boaz gave her some roasted grain toeat. She ate all she wanted and still had some leftover.Ruth 2: 13-14
    12. 12. When Ruth went back to work again,Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her gather grainright among the sheaves without stopping her. 16 Andpull out some heads of barley from the bundles anddrop them on purpose for her. Let her pick themup, and don’t give her a hard time!”Ruth 2: 15-16
    13. 13. So Ruth gathered barley there all day,and when she beat out the grain that evening, itfilled an entire basket. 18 She carried it back intotown and showed it to her mother-in-law. Ruth alsogave her the roasted grain that was left over fromher meal.Ruth 2: 17-18
    14. 14. “Where did you gather all this grain today?”Naomi asked. “Where did you work? May the LORDbless the one who helped you!” So Ruth told hermother-in-law about the man in whose field she hadworked. She said, “The man I worked with today isnamed Boaz.”20 “May the LORD bless him!” Naomi toldher daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to usas well as to your dead husband. That man is one ofour closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.”Ruth 2: 19-20
    15. 15. The Kinsman redeemerResponsibilities:- Rescue person from service or slavery- Buy back and return family property- Pursue and sort out legal problems- Restore family bloodline and inheritanceLeviticus 25: 25
    16. 16. “Then Ruth said, “What’s more, Boaz eventold me to come back and stay with his harvestersuntil the entire harvest is completed.”22 “Good!” Naomi exclaimed. “Do as he said, mydaughter. Stay with his young women right throughthe whole harvest. You might be harassed in otherfields, but you’ll be safe with him.”Ruth 2: 21-22
    17. 17. So Ruth worked alongside the women in Boaz’s fieldsand gathered grain with them until the end of thebarley harvest. Then she continued working withthem through the wheat harvest in early summer.And all the while she lived with her mother-in-law.Ruth 2: 23
    18. 18. 1. Redeemer / rescuer2. Strong, brave, able3. Undeserved kindness4. … He includes youBoaz … a ‘type of Christ’
    19. 19. 1. When life falls apart2. Unexpectedfriendship3. Undeserved favour4. Undercover love5. Unreserved kindness6. Unmerited grace7. When life comesThe Book of Ruth