Posts Tagged 'loyalty'

Ruth: Rewarded in Refuge

Ruth: Rewarded in Refuge ~ no Sermon Audio available

Ruth 2:8-16

How is Ruth rewarded in the midst of dire circumstances? Through the actions of a kinsman-redeemer, she is supported and sustained. Learning how Ruth receives these rewards can help us be better receivers ourselves.

To Receive from a Redeemer,

Recognize His Right To Support – Ruth 2:8-11

  • summary of 1-7: introduction of Boaz, relative of Naomi’s husband – “a man of standing”
  • v8 Boaz offers protection
  • v9 Boaz offers provision
  • v10/11 When Ruth asks why, Boaz offers understanding

Believe in His Ability To Bless – Ruth 2:12-16

  • v12 Boaz offers blessing (“May the Lord…” )
  • v13 Boaz offers comfort
  • v14 Boaz offers sustenance
  • v15/16 Boaz offers a covering (for her inexperience)

The challenge when reading narrative is to assume that God is bound to do the same things for us that He has done for others in the text. Our goal: not to focus on our circumstances, which always change; rather,to focus on God’s faithfulness, which does not change.

Think of what Jesus, our Redeemer has done for us: He protects us from a lost eternity; He provides everything we need for spiritual growth; He understands our weakness and doesn’t hold it against us; He blesses us with His Word; He comforts us with the Holy Spirit; He sustains us by His loving will; and He covers us with His own blood to mark us as His own.

Ruth: Unexpected Loyalty

Ruth: Unexpected Loyalty Sermon Audio Here

Ruth 1:6-14

For the next four weeks, we’ll be looking at the small book of Ruth. What is it about this woman that still speaks to us today, especially in times of transient love and temporary relationships?

What Does It Mean To Join A Family?

Concern Is Demonstrated – Ruth 1:1-15

  • v1-5 setup of the book: Jewish family moves to Moab because of famine; all the men die, women are stuck
  • v6-9 Naomi (Mom) decides to move back to Judah, but tells her daughters-in-law to remarry locally and survive
  • v10-12 Mom insists they leave her and go back home in Moab to live
  • v11-13 Naomi points out that Jewish law will not provide for them; they need to remarry to survive
  • v14-15 Orpah agrees and leaves; Ruth will not leave Naomi.

Loyalty Is Declared – Ruth 1:16-18

  • v16 Ruth’s declaration of loyalty, part 1:
    • going: willingness to join in the unknown
    • staying: choosing to build life together
    • community: recognition of belonging together
    • faith: reverence for religious relationship
  • v17 Ruth’s declaration of loyalty, part 2:
    • death: lifelong commitment to be shown
    • covenant: inclusion of God’s standards

The close of the chapter shows Naomi changing her name to Mara, because she’s bitter about what has happened to her and her family. And yet, by her side is Ruth, willing to live out her days with the family she’s joined, in good times and in hard times. This is our call as well: to show a watching world what faithfulness and loyalty looks like.


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