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Embracing Responsibilities          Lesson Passages:Ruth 3: 10-13a; Ruth 4: 1-4a, 9-10,13,17            Background:       ...
Outline & purposes of the Book of Ruth (Nelson’s Old Testament Survey)•     I.    The Moabite Sojourn (chapter 1)•     II....
Review of Ruth 1-2Ruth 1: 1 IN THE days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in theland. And a certain man of Bethleh...
Accepting Responsibility (Ruth 3:10 - 13a)10  And he said, “Blessed be you of the Lord, my daughter. For youhave made this...
Acting with Integrity (Ruth 4: 1 - 4a)1 Then Boaz went up to the city’s gate and sat down there, and behold, thekinsman of...
Do you have “Work Out” plans with God as your Trainer?                    (Philippians 2:12–15) (HCSB)•12 So then, my dear...
Embrace a Secure Future (Ruth 4: 9-10,13,17)9  And Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, “You are witnessesthis d...
Ruth’s family tree
Beyond our Wildest Dreams:        God’s GREAT Future Plans for us (Eph. 3:20-21)The choices we make – when prompted by God...
Foreshadows of Christ -- THE Kinsman-Redeemer of Israel• Israel had/has chosen other than God for their ‘security’ in judg...
(Backups)
Embracing a Secure Future (Ruth 4: 9-10,13,17)9   And Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, You are witnesses thi...
Ref. to Perez (Ruth 4:12)Boaz was God-oriented (:3-4).GenerousProtectiveSpiritually discerning of Ruth’s characterBlessed ...
Ref. to Perez (Ruth 4:12)The same Perez as Tamars son in Gen. 38. There is symbolism, a ‘sign’ /foreshadowing, about Israe...
12h26  ruth3-4_my__ppt97_2003
12h26  ruth3-4_my__ppt97_2003
12h26  ruth3-4_my__ppt97_2003
12h26  ruth3-4_my__ppt97_2003
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Aug. 26 Sunday School lesson, finishing up Ruth. When dealing with Boaz, Ruth didn't just travel to the 'outlet mall' for some bargain basement clearance caliber of husband! Because she was busy serving God, loving people, and oh by the way allowing God to prepare His will in this 'department', you see what happened in her life, the many "great values" that she found! Pardon the shopping analogies, but this little book has some great godly characters who grew in caring about others, and left a tremendous legacy (read the surprise ending). This book has a lot to do with how God eternally loves, waits on and serves us -- look for Jesus! God Bless!!

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  • 8/26/2012 Today, people are judged, when ‘sojourning’ outside of God’s will for them. What “bad news” often happens, next? Satan draws a false picture (caricature) of God as evil (mean, etc.) We must work to “reverse the curse”d picture We should bring believers back to Him in fellowship (Job 5:17 = Heb. 12:5 = “Do not despise God’s discipline”) Loving people back to God pleases Him most! 8/26/2012: 1 Pet.4:8, Rom. 12:10, Luke 22:26?
  • 8/26/2012: The shoe ‘sealed the deal’. The receiver forevermore had the ownership rights (to walk on & control) the property.
  • 8/26/2012: See note on Ruth 4:18.
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    1. 1. Embracing Responsibilities Lesson Passages:Ruth 3: 10-13a; Ruth 4: 1-4a, 9-10,13,17 Background: Ruth 3 – 4 (end)
    2. 2. Outline & purposes of the Book of Ruth (Nelson’s Old Testament Survey)• I. The Moabite Sojourn (chapter 1)• II. Ruth’s Encounter with Boaz (chapter 2)• III. Ruth’s Proposal to Boaz (chapter 3)• IV. Ruth’s Marriage to Boaz (4:1–17)The book of Ruth was written down and preserved, mainly:1. To show that King David’s ancestry was noble spiritually – even though ‘stained’ by ‘inferior’ human ancestry (his Great Grandmother Ruth was Moabite).2. To show that, even in a time of great corruption (Judges), God’s remnant (living for Him) ‘rules’ by His grace, while He prepares to spread His Kingdom through them
    3. 3. Review of Ruth 1-2Ruth 1: 1 IN THE days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in theland. And a certain man of Bethlehem of Judah went to sojourn in thecountry of Moab, he, his wife, and his two sons.•Famine – one of God’s promised judgments for Israel’s disobedience•Elimelech should not have settled in Moab. (Deut. 23:3–6 saysMoabites were not allowed in God’s congregation, to the 10th gen.). Hecould have settled with Jewish brothers east of the Jordan.•More judgment: Deaths & barrenness occurred: neither Mahlon[invalid] nor Chilion [pining] fathered children.•Naomi, bankrupt, sold her dead husband’s property to survive•Only a wealthy relative could get it back, thru a Kinsman-Redeemingmarriage to re-purchase ‘lost’ property and have children (posterity)•Ruth, working & hoping for a husband, “by chance” came to the fieldsof Boaz, a prominent citizen who, when he saw her, inquired of herbackground (Ruth 2:3–7). Impressed with her care for Naomi, he urgedRuth to remain on his property & showed special favor (2:8-16.•Naomi hoped Ruth could marry somehow, and for a Redemption(a.k.a. ‘Levirate’) marriage to supply all needs of her and Ruth.
    4. 4. Accepting Responsibility (Ruth 3:10 - 13a)10 And he said, “Blessed be you of the Lord, my daughter. For youhave made this last loving-kindness greater than the former, for youhave not gone after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 And now, mydaughter, fear not. I will do for you all you require, for all my people inthe city know that you are a woman of strength (worth, bravery,capability). 12 It is true that I am your near kinsman; however, there is akinsman nearer than I. 13 Stay tonight, and in the morning if he willperform for you the part of a kinsman, good; let him do it. But if he willnot do the part of a kinsman for you, then, as the Lord lives, I will do thepart of a kinsman for you…”●3:1-9 Ruth obeyed Naomi’s plan: asked Boaz for Redeeming-marriage•Boaz, perhaps surprised, accepted her (/ their) proposalHow were his attitudes & actions respectable (loving truth & honor)?What were special character qualities of Ruth did he praise?Their relationship (chapters 1 & 2) grew – gentle, humble, respectful,valuing, serving, helping -- the progression of God-blessed, promised,planned Love (James 1:17, 2 Tim. 3:3)Miraculously, this crafted by God would solve great /many problems!
    5. 5. Acting with Integrity (Ruth 4: 1 - 4a)1 Then Boaz went up to the city’s gate and sat down there, and behold, thekinsman of whom Boaz had spoken came by. He said to him, “Ho! Turnaside and sit down here.” So he turned aside and sat down. 2 And Boaztook ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” And theysat down. 3 And he said to the kinsman, “Naomi, who has returned from thecountry of Moab, has sold the parcel of land which belonged to our brotherElimelech. 4 And I thought to let you hear of it, saying, ‘Buy it in thepresence of those sitting here and before the elders of my people. If you willredeem it, redeem it; but if you will not redeem it, then say so, that I mayknow; for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I am [next of kin]after you.”•This passage shows how business was transacted in those days…•What are issues Boaz might have? How did love (concern++) drivehim to act in faith?“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1Jn. 5:8Is God “trying” to work out a Love Story in your life (and family’s), withyour cooperation? This is “working out your salvation”.
    6. 6. Do you have “Work Out” plans with God as your Trainer? (Philippians 2:12–15) (HCSB)•12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, notonly in my presence, but now even more in my absence, workout your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is Godwho is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to workout His good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling andarguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children ofGod who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation,among whom you shine like stars in the world.
    7. 7. Embrace a Secure Future (Ruth 4: 9-10,13,17)9 And Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, “You are witnessesthis day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s and all that wasChilion’s and Mahlon’s from the hand of Naomi. 10 Also Ruth theMoabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife to restorethe name of the dead to his inheritance, that the name of the deadmay not be cut off from among his brethren and from the gate of hisbirthplace. You are witnesses this day.” … 13 So Boaz took Ruth and shebecame his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord caused her toconceive, and she bore a son … 17 And her neighbor women gave him aname, saying, “A son is born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. Hewas the father of Jesse, the father of David.•God’s Ways are mysterious, full of grace (Love)… Ruth didn’t know that her embracing Naomi and especially GOD, making this personal / sacrificial, would lead to Jesus’ birth!•Obed means “One who serves”. Jesus said “I am among you as onewho serves”, and ‘the greatest among you will be as one serving you’•By God’s plans, Ruth’s lineage of serving continued for eternity!
    8. 8. Ruth’s family tree
    9. 9. Beyond our Wildest Dreams: God’s GREAT Future Plans for us (Eph. 3:20-21)The choices we make – when prompted by God’s Spirit – lead toHis plans for good, beyond our wildest dreams!•20 Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His]power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purposeand] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] askor think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts,hopes, or dreams]— 21 To Him be glory in the church and in ChristJesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so beit).
    10. 10. Foreshadows of Christ -- THE Kinsman-Redeemer of Israel• Israel had/has chosen other than God for their ‘security’ in judgment• They now suffer judgment, are bitter, perplexed, seek Redemption• Naomi was content to let her daughter in law Orpah return to her people & false gods• BUT Ruth bonded in love to her mother-in-law, embracing the true God – This, even though Ruth was a foreigner!• The Redemption-marriage produced a son, David’s ancestor, who Naomi nursed and loved with great joy.• Boaz is the offspring of Rahab (see Matthew 1:5)• 4:12 The house of Perez, birthed incestuously by Tamar (mom) and her father-in-law (Juday) = the most notorious incident of seeking to keep descendancy (see in Genesis 38). Tamar acted the role of a prostitute to keep descendants, since she had been wickedly denied such by Judah’s sons (who God slayed). This foreshadows the New Testament gentile nature of outcry to God (which He hears) for spiritual ‘survival’ in the sense of inheriting the kingdom of God.• There is and will be great love, joy and unity from God, for the people He is preserving!
    11. 11. (Backups)
    12. 12. Embracing a Secure Future (Ruth 4: 9-10,13,17)9 And Boaz said to the elders and to all the people, You are witnesses this day that Ihave bought all that was Elimelech’s and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s from thehand of Naomi. 10 Also Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be mywife to restore the name of the dead to his inheritance, that the name of the dead maynot be cut off from among his brethren and from the gate of his birthplace. You arewitnesses this day. … 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. And he went in toher, and the Lord caused her to conceive, and she bore a son …. 17 And her neighborwomen gave him a name, saying, “A son is born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. Hewas the father of Jesse, the father of David.God’s Ways are mysterious, full of grace & Love: Little did Ruth know that her decidingto embrace Naomi’s God personally and sacrificially would lead, many years later, toJesus’ birth! The choices we make when prompted by God’s spirit lead to His plans forgood, beyond our wildest dreams.Obed means in Hebrew, “One who serves”. Jesus said “I am among you as one whoserves”, and that “the greatest among you will be as one serving you.”Ruth left a lineage of serving that carried on. Really she was inducted into God’s plan ofgiving grace to others, through Christ. All women desire to have children and make ahome, a great subjected form of service. The greatest purpose in this is, as Paul statedto Timothy in 1Tim.2:12-15, where Paul forbade women to teach over men, from theorder of creation AND because Eve sinned first, yet:15 Nevertheless [the sentence put upon women…] will be saved [eternally] if they continuein faith and love and holiness with self-control, [saved indeed] through the Childbearingor by the birth of the divine Child.
    13. 13. Ref. to Perez (Ruth 4:12)Boaz was God-oriented (:3-4).GenerousProtectiveSpiritually discerning of Ruth’s characterBlessed herRuth was open to God’s willOne can leave the possibility open of marriage, without coercingRespect begets respect: valuing others – the foundation of LoveRuth & Boaz’s relationship was godly, respectful, leaving room for God’s graceand providence
    14. 14. Ref. to Perez (Ruth 4:12)The same Perez as Tamars son in Gen. 38. There is symbolism, a ‘sign’ /foreshadowing, about Israel and Christianity, in that story. The "breakingforth" (Perez) one of twins in the womb, the one who ended up consideredfirstborn, was Perez. This also resembles Jacob & Esau. NIBC hasexcellently: "One more woman had an experience strikingly similar to Ruth’s:That woman was Rahab, the mother of Boaz (Matt. 1:5). Like Ruth, Rahab wasa Gentile woman. Yet God extended His loyal love to Rahab because of herfaith in Him and included her in the messianic line.“Respectful faith, expressed in loving service, is rewarded by everlastinginheritance & blessing.•Matthew 1:5–6 (AMP)•5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father ofObed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 Jesse the father ofKing David, King David the father of Solomon, whose mother had been thewife of Uriah,
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