And he preserves a kinsman of Naomi's husband who will some day marry Ruth and preserve Naomi's line. She does not resent this, but accepts it. The first chapter of Ruth tells of choices made and their consequences. Ruth has committed herself to Naomi with amazing devotion and she takes the initiative to work and provide for her. In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Proud people don't say thanks. But the most amazing commitment of all is this: "Your God will be my God" (v. 16). Perhaps someone will say: it was all owing to the sin of going to Moab and marrying foreign wives. 2And Ruth the Moabitess 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." Her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, go with her part way it seems, but then in verses 8–13 she tries to persuade them to go back home. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. The amazing words of Ruth are found in 1:16–17. Don't come with me because God is against me. That's not the image the writer wants to create in our minds. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! He was framed by an adulteress and put in prison. Genesis 24:27.) It's a story for people who wonder whether a life of integrity in tough times is worth it. But not necessarily. So now back to Ruth's question in verse 10, "Why have I found favor?" ", 8Then 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 maidens. Verse 12 gives another image that makes the employer-employee image impossible. Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband.'" Choose from below or see additional sermons using our bible scripture sorting tool. 1. Now we come to the most important interchange in the chapter—verses 10–13. Chapter. And it's a story for people who can't imagine that anything great could ever come of their ordinary lives of faith. She is like another foreign woman who came to Jesus and said, "Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs," to which Jesus responded by extolling her faith. Naomi was right and we should join her in this conviction. The amazing words of Ruth are found in 1:16â17, Entreat me not to leave you or return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God; where you die I will die and there will I be buried. This is the message of the gospel in the Old Testament and the New Testament. And what the book of Ruth does for us is give us a glimpse of the hidden work of God during the worst of times. No astonishment at grace. He had every reason to say, with Naomi, "The Almighty has dealt bitterly with me." The series consisted of a sermon on chapter 1, a sermon on chapters 2-3 and then mine on chapter 4 to conclude. But not only that, he was working to fill Naomi and Ruth and Boaz and their friends with great joy. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has afflicted me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?" Nothing—from a toothpick to the Taj Mahal—is rightly understood except in relation to God. This seems a fair way to handle it. Boaz gives Ruth all she can eat for lunch (v. 14, cf. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. The book of Judges comes just before Ruth in our English Bibles and you can see from its very last verse what sort of period it was. SermonAudio.com - Ruth 1 Sermons. It's for people who wonder where God is when one tragedy after another attacks their faith. But trust him for his grace. Naomi is right to believe in a sovereign, almighty God who governs the affairs of nations and families and gives each day its part of pain and pleasure. She has not earned mercy from God or Boaz. Do not call me Naomi (i.e., pleasant or sweet), call me Mara (i.e., bitter), for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. It's going to get bigger and bigger. 1 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? And if we would believe this and remember it, we would not be as blind as Naomi seemed to be when God begins to reveal his grace. Not only that, Naomi needs to open her eyes to Ruth. God provides for His people even in the midst of famine. We continue in our Ruth 2 commentaryâ¦ Ruth 2 Commentary: Verse 1. "Return" is a key word in the first chapter of Ruth [1:1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15, and 22]. Evidently Boaz was such a God-saturated man that his farming business and his relationship to his employees was shot through with God. He provides protection by telling the young men not to molest her (v. 9). Ruth knows that she is a Moabitess. Stop glorifying themselves. So she concludes at the end of verse 13, "No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone forth against me." 1 In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The answer is God—the merciful providence of God guiding Ruth as she gleans. God uses our suffering to accomplish His purpose. The story of Ruth is a redemptive story: Ruth is an Old Testament picture of the church, while Boaz is a picture of our Kinsman Redeemer, the Lord Jesus. If Ruth was brought into the family by sin, it is doubly astonishing that she is made the grandmother of David and ancestor of Jesus Christ. 17So she gleaned in the field until evening; then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. Then (in 1:4), her two sons take Moabite wives, one named Orpah, the other named Ruth. In this message she looks at the first chapter of the book of Ruth. Look at the last verse of Ruth (4:22). For an example of such a sermon series on Ruth, including a sermon that I preached, see the Spring 2013 issue of Word & World. But why doesn’t that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? And it was God who constrains Ruth to stay with Naomi. But now notice the words, "The Lord recompense 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." 1. She takes initiative to care for her destitute mother-in-law. Why should God show mercy to Ruth? God had dealt bitterly with Naomi—at least in the short run it could only feel like bitterness. Can This Be Naomi? She knows how to take initiative without being presumptuous. When you believe in the sovereignty of God and that he loves to work mightily for those who trust him, it gives a freedom and joy that can't be shaken by hard times. She works till sundown. God lifts the famine and opens a way home for Naomi. It illustrates repentance. 4And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem; and he said to the reapers, "The LORD be with you!" Fourth, it was a commitment even more radical than marriage: "Where you die I will die and there be buried" (v. 17). Perhaps she had made that commitment years before, when her husband told her of the great love of God for Israel and his power at the Red Sea and his glorious purpose of peace and righteousness. Her life is tragic. Texas of course is famous for its cowboys, and some of â¦ The more you ponder these words the more amazing they become. At the end of the chapter, she says to the townspeople of Bethlehem, "I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. There is no doubt that the writer wants us to admire and copy Ruth. Are you sparkling? Please consider this request from John Piper and become a monthly partner by December 31. We love the friends we made there, but we never grew to appreciate the flat land with no trees, and the unbearable heat and rainless summers. Come Home Series. She does not demand a handout. He gives life and he takes life. In fact, Naomi, with her grand theology of God's sovereignty, is the one who will give the answer. It will be. He greeted them with God. Your life may be as bitter as mine. In Ruth 2 we saw God in Ruthâs working. His providence extends from the U.S. Congress to your kitchen. The first chapter of Ruth â¦ God is not an employer looking for employees. First, we see Ruth's initiative to care for her mother-in-law. If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, then I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase. Ruth 1:16-17 shows the type of commitment that should be standard for families and marriages today. Ruth 3:7 She is humble and meek and does not put herself forward presumptuously. Ruth's commitment to her destitute mother-in-law is simply astonishing. 5Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, "Whose maiden is this?" 3. Ruth Proposes To Boaz. Notice the delicate touch of hope at the end of verse 22. Weâre on a mission to change that. 13Then she said, "You are most gracious to me, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not one of your maidservants. 1Now Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. Now in verses 8 and 9 Boaz approaches Ruth and shows her great kindness, even though she is a foreigner. Ruth cannot be dissuaded - Ru 1:14-18 a. Boaz had just begun to show kindness to the dead. Ruth 2:1 . This was playing with fire. But more important than that, verse 4 shows that he is a man of God. As a non-Israelite she does not expect any special treatment. He is author of. Title Ancient versions and modern translations consistently entitle this book after Ruth the Moabitess heroine, who is mentioned by name twelve times (1:4 to 4:13). And we will see in a minute than these were more than pious platitudes. Intro: The little book of Ruth begins with a series of tragedies. Naomi also said to her, "The man is a relative of ours, one of our nearest kin." Grace is not intended to lift us out of lowliness. 2. Behind a frowning providence It was the Lord who stopped the famine. Psalm 34:19 says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all." Ruth asks why Boaz has treated her so graciously. 12The LORD recompense 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!" Be like Ruth. Christians are unavoidably out of step with this world. Listen to or download for free sermons from Ruth by Alistair Begg. Leaving Naomi a widow and childless, which she took as divine judgment against her - Ru 1:13, 20-21 [Elimelech and his sons went to Moab to find bread, instead they found graves (Baxter). Then, there is the decision to sojourn in Moab—a pagan land with foreign gods (1:15; Judges 10:6). Ruth 1:1-23 Some Graces Grow Best in Winter; Ruth 1:1-2:23 When Life Tastes Bitter; GEOFF THOMAS. Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons. 5. In Ruth 3 we saw God was in the two widowsâ waiting. 3. 1 In the days when the judges ruled,  there was a famine in the land. In fact, she is so oppressed by God's bitter providence in her life that she can't see any of the signs of hope as they start to appear. God does. Notice in verse 2, Naomi does not command Ruth to get out and work. I think the kindness she refers to is the Lord's kindness. The key lesson in Genesis 50:20 is this: "As for you, you meant it for evil against me [Joseph says to his brothers]; but God meant it for good." And it came about when they had come to Bethlehem, that all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, 'Is this Naomi?' It was God who preserved a kinsman to continue Naomi's line (2:20). For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Even through the sins of his people he can and he does plot for their glory. 15 And she said, âSee, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.â 16 But Ruth said, âDo not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. But he kept his faith and God turned it all for his personal good and for Israel's national good. But we must ask how Ruth's love for Naomi and her leaving her own family relate to her seeking refuge under the wings of God. And again the hand of God falls. Does this mean that the writer wants us to think of Ruth's love for Naomi as a work that merits Boaz's favor and the favor of God? One of the main messages of this little book is that God is at work in the worst of times. Ruth was not their model. 17–19). Yet as she and Ruth stand before the people of Bethlehem, Naomi says in verse 21, "The Lord has brought me back empty." God has afflicted her. In primitive cultures, famines occur naturally due to â¦ We do not think the same or act the same because we serve a different Master. The people would sin, God would send enemies against them, the people would cry for help, and God would mercifully raise up a judge to deliver them. Ruth 1:1-5 HCSB Any Jew of the ancient world would have picked up a few things in between the lines that easily escape us in our present-day culture - historical aspects that open windows of insight into the plight of this family. And where have you worked? There's a lesson here. Don't be like the Pharisees. Ruth is also one of the few places in the male-dominated world of Scripture where women play the major roles and are the central characters. So all of Boaz's wealth and godliness begin to turn for Ruth's welfare. Introduction:(1). DECIDING FOR GOD Ruth 1:16 by C. H. Spurgeon âAnd Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my Godâ ( Ruth 1:16 ). Let's be like the women of faith in the Old Testament. Second, the gift was a way of fulfilling the initial problem that we saw in Naomi. So let us fall on our faces, bow before the Lord, confess our unworthiness, take refuge under the wings of God, and be astonished at his grace. If you already received Jesusâ offer of redemption, then are you satisfied? What a blessing! Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has afflicted me (i.e., testified against me) and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me? And she works hard from sunup to sundown. Search Site with Google. From a natural viewpoint she has two strikes against her. But she responds in verse 20. And she said to her, "Go, my daughter." So Ruth and Naomi return together to Bethlehem of Judah (verse 19). Boaz, we learn, is a relative of Elimelech, Naomi's long-deceased husband. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. Or another way to say it is that leaving home and loving Naomi are the result and evidence of taking refuge in God. Now what? (It takes about 25 minutes at a leisurely pace.) And she said to them, 'Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. Naomi Widowed. In other words, Naomi has nothing to offer them. "more grace," James 4:6). In order to do so, one must make a firm decision to stay and salvage the relationship. God's providence is sometimes very hard. It was God who took away the famine and opened a way home. First (1:1), there is a famine in Judah where Naomi and her husband Elimelech and her sons Mahlon and Chilion live. Here we have a picture of God's ideal woman. Ruth 1:1-15 Blind unbelief is sure to err; Ruth 1:16-18 The great commitment of Ruth; ... chapter. Blessed be the man who took notice of you." In other words, she will never return home, not even if Naomi dies. All she wants to do is gather up the leftovers after the reapers are done and she asks permission even to do that. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Stop relying on themselves. Courage to venture into the unknown and the strange. Better, far better, to be quiet and undemonstrative like Ruth, and to have the root of the matter in us, than to be impulsive and demonstrative like Orpah, and in the hour of trial to fail. First, the scene emphasizes Naomi's misery. I don't think so. If you are here today and you have not yet accepted Jesusâ offer to redeem you, then please donât wait. If you want to know a man's relation to God, you need to find out how far God has saturated to the details of his everyday life. The child born to Ruth and Boaz during the period of the judges is Obed. Verses 1–5 describe the misery of Naomi. We expect kindness and are astonished and resentful if we don't get our rights. He is author of. That makes the story doubly encouraging because it shows that God is willing and able even to turn his judgments into joys. He gives her an amazingly devoted and loving daughter-in-law to accompany her. If anything this summer has fallen in on you to make your future look hopeless, learn from Ruth that God is right now at work for you to give you a future and a hope. 1. And they answered, "The LORD bless you." Her condition is worse than theirs. First, it means leaving her own family and land. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Freedom from the securities and comforts of the world. An impulsive religion is not always real religion; nay, is very often the reverse. According to 1:1, the story took place during the time of the judges. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Entreat me not to leave you or return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God; where you die I will die and there will I be buried. God is at work in the worst of times. The ominous clouds are big with mercy and will break with blessing on your head. But they would not. For example, verse 1 says that he is a man of wealth. But why doesnât that call ring out in the rest of the New Testament? It was God who seemed to have forsaken it. A sermon on Ruth 3:1-18 ... We saw in last weekâs review of Chapter 2 that God had worked to raise Naomi up from despair to renewed hope. âthat there was a famine in the landâ (v. 1b). Hardly anything in our life is more important than the answer we get. Judges 21:25 says, "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes." . For example, Psalm 57:1 says, "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." So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 19And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you glean today? ", 14And at mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come here, and eat some bread, and dip your morsel in the wine." How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Or you can find the freedom and courage and strength to keep a commitment you already made. This is the first sermon in a series from the book of Ruth. 'I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. O, that Bethlehem might breed that kind of woman! Stop justifying themselves. SermonAudio.com - Ruth 4 Sermons. So when Naomi's husband dies (1:13), what could she feel but that the judgment of God had followed her and added grief to famine? So the relation between taking refuge under God's wings on the one hand and leaving home to care for Naomi on the other hand is that being under God's wings enabled Ruth to forsake human refuge and give herself in love to Naomi. Grace and Favor. The custom was that when an Israelite husband died, his brother or near relative was to marry the widow and continue the brother's name (Deuteronomy 25:5–10). Be merciful to me, for in thee my soul takes refuge. She is not their employee. In Ruth 1 we saw God was in their wandering and in their weeping. The Eagle moved toward Naomi, and in order to keep enjoying the refuge of God's wings, Ruth moves, too, and commits herself to care for Naomi with the care she is receiving from her Eagle. In verse 6 Naomi gets word that "the Lord has visited his people and given them food." | 1,508 views. The proposal that they should part, however reasonable and just, could not but reopen the flood-gates of their grief. 9Let your eyes be upon the field which they are reaping, and go after them. 11But Boaz answered her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. Naomi has just said in verse 13, "The hand of the Lord has gone forth against me." The third reason for verses 8–13 is to make Ruth's faithfulness to Naomi appear amazing. 1 In the days when the judges ruled, # 1:1 Traditionally judged there was a famine in the land. The second reason for verses 8–13 is to prepare us for a custom in Israel which is going to turn everything around for Naomi in the following chapters. What a gift! You don't have to write your theology in every line. This is a common teaching in the Old Testament. The light of God's love has finally broken through bright enough for Naomi to see. Don't ever think that the sin of your past means there is no hope for your future. It was the Lord who bound Ruth to Naomi in love. The Lord is kind. Worthy traits. If Naomi could only see what this is going to mean. 10Then 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, when I am a foreigner?" The implication of verse 12 is that God will reward Ruth because she has sought refuge under his wings. In chapter 1 of Ruth God's hand fell hard upon Naomi and her family. The picture is of God as a great winged Eagle and Ruth as a threatened little eaglet coming to find safety under the Eagle's wings. He was sold as a slave. These three women were bound together by the memory of common happiness, by the memory of common sorrows. In chapter 2 the mercy of God becomes so obvious that even Naomi will recognize it. If they try to be faithful to her and to the name of their husbands, they will find nothing but pain. He provides food by telling her to work in his field and stay close behind his maidens. In verses 1–7 we meet Boaz, we see the character of Ruth, and we sense a very merciful providence behind this scene. Industry. The Story of Ruth - Chapter 1 - Sermon Videos. 4. In the Gospels, Jesus repeatedly tells people to follow him. 2:1 ¶ And Naomi had a kinsman of her husbandâs, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.. Alright, so with 2:1 we have the end of the introductory material. One blow after another caused Naomi to say (1:13, 20), "The hand of the Lord has gone forth against me . And she knows that he has dealt bitterly with her. 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