by Jerry Vines

Ruth 4:1-10
Dr. Vines 11/15/85
The story of Ruth is a beautiful Christmas story. The book is a love
story which culminates in a birth of a baby in Bethlehem. This is exactly the
meaning of the story of Christmas. Christmas is beautifully typified in one
verse of Scripture:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only
begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Thus, Ruth beautifully typifies the Christmas story, God's love for fallen man.
He loves us enough to redeem us and bring us into His family.
Ruth is one of those "happily ever after" kind of stories. Though,
the narrative begins with a funeral, it concludes with a wedding. We recently
had a wedding at our house. A wedding is quite an event. One of our men came up
to me after it was over and said, "I really believe it would be easier for a
preacher to conduct the funeral of his daughter than her wedding." I replied,
"What do you mean by that?" He said, If you conducted her funeral you would
know she is going to be with Jesus and be happy forever. When you marry her to
one of the 'scoundrels' you don't know how it's going to come out!"
Ruth's story has a sad beginning. There is a funeral in Moab. But it
concludes with this beautiful wedding! Boaz and Ruth are united together in
marriage on the basis of redemption. Follow the relationship of Ruth and Boaz.
In chapter two Ruth is in his field. In chapter three she is at his feet. Now,
in chapter four Ruth is in his family. Boaz has her in his heart; now he is
going to do a work that will bring her into his family.
Weddings are very expensive! If any of you have been involved in a
wedding lately you know this. A few weeks ago someone gave me this card:
"I am the father of the Bride. Nobody is paying much
attention to me today, but I can assure you that I am
getting my share of attention. For the banks and several
business firms are watching me very c ...

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