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Ruth - Day 5

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The Blessedness of Believing
Rahab - Week 1
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Ruth - Week 2
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Widow of Zarephath; Widow with Oil; Shunammite Woman - Week 3
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Mary the Mother of Jesus - Week 4
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Anna; Syrophoenician Woman; Mary and Martha - Week 5
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Mary Magdalene; Samaritan Woman - Week 6
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)
  • Day 5 (Friday)

  • Tabitha (Dorcas); Lois and Eunice - Week 7
  • Day 1 (Monday)
  • Day 2 (Tuesday)
  • Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Day 4 (Thursday)

  • Widow of Zarephath - Week 7
  • Day 5 (Friday)
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    DAY FIVE

    1. Read Ruth chapter 4. Describe the process Boaz took to accomplish the task of "redeeming" Ruth.
      (vv.1-6)

      Isn't it Interesting to see God moving in this story? It was necessary for ten elders to be present for this transaction so everything would be done according to the Levitical Law. They were there, and the close relative who was in line before Boaz just happened to be coming by! Note also that Naomi may have had a piece of property but was unable to utilize it due to her impoverished condition. Or she may have sold the property when she and her husband left for Moab. The law stated that she could purchase the land back if she had the money. Here is where the "kinsman redeemer" came in. Along with the land came the possessions of that land, including the widow, Ruth. Note that Boaz wanted the close relative with whom he was dealing to be aware of what he was purchasing.

    2. Describe the final act of purchase from Ruth 4:7-10.

    3. What is significant about Boaz's attitude toward Ruth and her first husband in Ruth 4:10? How does this reveal the true heart of Boaz as a humble and godly man?

    4. What blessing did the elders pronounce for Boaz upon completion of this transaction? (vv.11-12)

    5. Describe the lineage of the union of Boaz and Ruth from 4:18-22.

    6. Would you say that Naomi was now "redeemed" as well? (vv.13-17)


    LESSONS AND APPLICATIONS

    1. Redemption comes only through our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Have you accepted the redemption that Jesus has given by His death on the cross for your sins? Thank Him today for being your redeemer.

    2. God honors those who are humble and obedient. How are you demonstrating humility and obedience in your life today? Can others see these qualities in your life?

    3. God is the restorer and the sustainer of those who love Him. What in your life needs restoration? Are you willing to ask God for His guidance in this matter?


    CONCLUSION

    The moving story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz fills the heart with encouragement and humility. The theme throughout this book is redemption. The model God used, a humble, foreign-born woman, speaks volumes about how God blesses those who seek Him in reverence, obedience, and faith. Ruth stepped into a world that was completely new. All she had was her mother-in-law, a few possessions, and a hope that the God Naomi believed in was the one true God. Ruth demonstrated godliness in her actions toward her mother-in-law. This was exactly what God had commanded Israel to do toward widows in His land. She had a working picture of what redemption looked like because she practiced it each day. Ruth followed her mother-in-law to Israel, cared for her, worked in the field to provide for her, and obeyed her instructions. She was a woman who practiced faith and believed. God rewarded her for her faith, and she is forever honored as a Gentile woman who was not afraid to follow God and who was included in the lineage of King David and Jesus Christ.

    Naomi was a woman who was downtrodden and weary. She carried the burden of her losses and the emptiness of being separated from her people. She had no hope, yet she was given new hope in her old age through Ruth, her precious daughter-in-law. In God's grace, He gave her hope and a future in the child Obed. The Lord God does truly know us full well, meets us just where we are, and provides for us each new day.

    In Boaz we see a man of integrity and honor, a man who was trusted and trustworthy. This story of redemption points us to the true Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ! What took place in this story is a model for each of us who needs to be redeemed from the wickedness of our own sin. Jesus came to redeem us by His death on the cross of Cavalry. Hebrews 2:14-15 says that Jesus died in our place and brought down Satan and his power over death. Jesus is our Deliverer. 1 Peter 1:18-19 adds that our redemption came through the spotless, unblemished, and precious blood of Jesus our Savior. Jesus paid the price for our redemption with His blood. We have so much to rejoice in today! Our Redeemer lives!

    JOB WELL DONE LADIES. ISN'T IT WONDERFUL TO FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT, AND WITH ONE ANOTHER?

     

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