The Revolution of Redemption
As we draw to the end of the marvelous Old Testament book, I find it very interesting how the book ends in contrast to how it began.
• The Book opens with loss and ends with gain
• Opens with sorrow ends with joy
• Opens with a funeral ends with a birth
IN the middle of the story Ruth is redeemed. I want to show you tonight the revolution of redemption.
First let's review what we have seen so far -
• Took place about 1000 years before the birth of Jesus during the time of the Judges. A time when God's people were really swinging back and forth from love for God and sin.
• Apparently God judged his people.
• The Backsliding of Elimelech into Moab.
• The Repentance and Return of Naomi and Ruth
• The Good Hand of God's Providence and Provision in Bethlehem
o Law of gleaning
o Law of the Kinsman Redeemer
• This good and Godly man Boaz
• The problem of the closer kinsman
• Last time together we saw the legal proceeding where Boaz won the legal right to Ruth.
Here in this final passage the writer seems to focus on three aspects of the life of Ruth and Boaz.
• Their Community, Covenant and Continuation.
I want to show you tonight how those three things radically changed in Ruth's life as she was redeemed. By the way, they will be changed in the live of any redeemed person.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB95)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
1. Notice - The Community of the Redeemed
Remember that at the beginning of the book Boaz ran from God by running from the community of faith.
Ruth 1:1 (NASB95)
1 Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.
Moab was the name given to a child born of an incestuous relationship between Lot and ...
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