⏳ Elimelech’s Family Goes to Moab
Long ago, in the days before Israel had a king, there was a famine in the. So a man named Elimelech, who belonged to the clan of Ephrath and who lived in Bethlehem in Judah, went with his wife Naomi and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion to live for a while in the country of Moab. While they were living there,
Elimelech died, and Naomi was left alone with her two sons,
⏳ Naomi Returns with Ruth
Some time later Naomi heard that the LORD had blessed his people by giving them good crops; so she got ready to leave Moab with her daughters-in-law.
You must go back, my daughters, Naomi answered. Why do you want to come with me? Do you think I could have sons again for you to marry?
💫 But Ruth answered, *Don't ask me to leave you! Let me go with you. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
⏳ Ruth Works in the Field of Boaz
She took the grain back into town and showed her mother-in-law how much she had gathered. She also gave her the food left over from the meal
May the LORD bless Boaz! Naomi exclaimed .* The LORD always keeps his promises to the living and the dead. And she went on , That man is a close relative of ours, one of those responsible for taking care of us.
⏳ Ruth’s Redemption Assured
Some time later Naomi said to Ruth, *I must find a husband for you, so that you will have a home of your own.
So Ruth went to the threshing place and did just what her mother-in-law had told her.
Who are you? he asked . It's Ruth, sir, she answered. Because you are a close relative, you are responsible for taking care of me. So please marry me.
It is true that I am a close relative and am responsible for you, but there is a man who is a closer relative than I am.
⏳ Boaz Redeems Ruth
Boaz went to the meeting place at the town gate and sat down there. Then Elimelech's nearest relative, the man whom Boaz had mentioned, came by, and Boaz called to him, Come over here, my friend, and sit down. So he went over and sat down
Now in those days, to settle a sale or an exchange of property, it was the custom for the seller to take off his sandal and give it to the buyer. In this way the Israelites showed that the *matter was settled.
So when the man said to Boaz, *You buy it, he took off his sandal and gave it to Boaz.*
So Boaz took Ruth home as his wife. The LORD blessed her, and she became pregnant and had a son.
The women said to Naomi, *Praise the LORD! He has given you a grandson today to take care of you. May the boy become famous in Israel!
This is the family line from Perez to David: Perez, Hezron, Ram, Amminadab, Nahshon, Salmon, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David.
"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"
🍇 Simple thoughts for
Ruth: 2: 10 "Then she fell on on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him," why have l found favour in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner"
⚡ Ruth was a foreigner. She was poor. If she had just come into the world, no one would have paid attention to her. She was someone whose future does not hold any hope.
⚡ However, Ruth found favour in the eyes of a relative of her deceased husband. He was a rich man and the owner of the fields where she chose to ask permission to glean grains. In response to his kindness, Ruth asked, " what have I done to deserve such
kindness ? I am only a foreigner."
⚡ Boaz the good man who showed Ruth such compassion answered her truthfully. He had heard about her good deeds toward her mother-in-law, Naomi; and how she chose to leave her country and follow Naomi's God. Boaz prayed that God,"under whose wings" she had come for refuge would bless her. As her kinsman redeemer when Boaz married Ruth, he became her protector and
part of the answer to his prayer.
💥 Like Ruth, we were aliens and far from God. We may wonder why God would choose to love us, when we are so undeserving. The answer is not in us, but in Him," God showed his great love for us sending Christ to die for us while, we were still sinners" (Romans:5:8 ) Christ has become our redeemer. When we come to him is salvation, we are under his protective wings.
💥Let us ask, Lord I don't know why you love me who is an undeserving sinner; but I don't doubt your love- l thank you and worship you. Please take a moment to surrender your life to the Lord in response to his undeserving love toward you, and sing this chorus:
" I surrender all,
I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed
I surrender all.
Dr. Thomas David.🎯