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  • Last week we took a look at the tragic beginnings of this book. Naomi has lost it all, and is feeling “bitter” concerning what God has laid in her path.
    She has forgotten through it all, that God is to be trusted and plotting for our glory, even in the midst of our tragedies
  • Ruth is a woman of guts and humility
    “happened” -- God has a plan, but you must plan for the day
    She takes the initiative to care for Naomi
    Gleaning is the collecting of scraps by the poor... (LEV & DEUT command this)
  • God has a bigger one and you might mess it up:)
    We will see that it is ok, to plan for the day, and make plans, but don’t be devastated when God changes them
    Our 3 year plan changed, my heart for scripture changed, our security changed, our state changed, and our roots are growing deep, knowing they may be ripped out
  • Boaz said a blessing over these workers..... He has respect for and the respect of his workers
    Young man in charge of the reapers... makes sure there is no unwarranted waste
  • Ruth asked first....... even though it was her right
    Also aware that she wouldn’t be totally accepted but didn’t care
    The foreman mentions her hard work, something he would have noticed and been impressed with
  • Many gleaners would have to travel far to get enough, but Boaz is saying that he will take care of her.... we are about to find out why?
    He is offering protection to a foreign woman, who would have surely been accosted

  • Her humility pours out again, and gushes after such a long period of tragedy and feeling like an outsider
  • “wings” -- symbol of God as protector.. we see Jesus speak the same over Jerusalem when he prays for them
    She thanking him, but the Hebrew shows it is more of a “hope for the future”
    The word used here for servant, SHIPAH, was used for the lowliest of social classes..... she is claiming that she is the lowest of the low
    Like the woman who asks for the scraps of healing, like a dog at the table, from Jesus
  • Boaz serves her!!
    He is eating with a foreigner, which wasn’t allowed, but not that strict during the time of the Judges.... ANOTHER PROVIDENCE??
    Boaz is clearly intersted in Ruth, ordering his men to go beyond the law and actually leave food for her
  • Estimated to be about 29-50lbs of grain (1-2lbs a day was pay to workers)
    Shows Boaz’s favor combined with her hard word
    Would have been enough for Naomi and Ruth for weeks

  • Favor comes, but even if it doesn’t, refuge is found with God
    We don’t seek God to get favor, that’s evil
    We seek God, and when favored, we know where it comes from
  • God will pour his grace on any who humble themselves and take refuge under his wings
    In light of grace, we are compelled to do the work of God
  • God will pour his grace on any who humble themselves and take refuge under his wings
    In light of grace, we are compelled to do the work of God
  • These all tap into the heart of service and blessing others, but they aren’t rooted in the gospel
    Just helping with out the gospel is nice, but not truly life changing, or eternal.
    As possessors of the truth, WE should be leading the charge
  • These all tap into the heart of service and blessing others, but they aren’t rooted in the gospel
    Just helping with out the gospel is nice, but not truly life changing, or eternal.
    As possessors of the truth, WE should be leading the charge
  • These all tap into the heart of service and blessing others, but they aren’t rooted in the gospel
    Just helping with out the gospel is nice, but not truly life changing, or eternal.
    As possessors of the truth, WE should be leading the charge
  • Shaun King of Courageous Church in ATL.
  • All the Pharisees had to do was to take refuge under the wings of Jesus. Stop justifying themselves. Stop relying on themselves. Stop glorifying themselves. But they would not. Ruth was not their model. No falling on their face before Jesus. No bowing down. No astonishment at grace. Don't be like the Pharisees. Be like Ruth.

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  • 1. 1 Now Naomi had a relative of her husband's, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.2 And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor. And she said to her, Go, my daughter.3 So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.
  • 2. Don’t Have Too Much of a Plan for Your life.
  • 3. 4 And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, The Lord be with you! And they answered, The Lord bless you.5 Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, Whose young woman is this?
  • 4. 6 And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7 She said, Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers. So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.
  • 5. 8  Then Boaz said to Ruth, Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.
  • 6. 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?11 But Boaz answered her, All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before.
  • 7. 12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!13 Then she said, I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.
  • 8. 14  And at mealtime Boaz said to her, Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine. So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over.15 When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her.16 And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.
  • 9. 17  So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you. So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz.
  • 10. Seeking Refuge in God Serving Others
  • 11. Psalm 57:1 "Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in thee my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of thy wings I will take refuge."
  • 12. Ruth found grace in the God of Namoi and is now finding favor in his people
  • 13. Ruth found grace in the God of Namoi and is now finding favor in his people Boaz understands that all his favor has come from God, and that has shaped his character
  • 14. In Tragedy and In Joyful Abundance God’s Wings Bring Our Joy
  • 15. Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate.