Ruth 1, 4:13-17 “Your God, My God”

Naomi’s doom – After her husband and sons die, she is without means in a foreign land.

Ruth’s love – Ruth’s love, only understood in context of Naomi’s doom, as Ruth is now without means in a foreign land.

The Kinsman Redeemer – a protector, provider and restorer. Boaz provides all three! Why?

Sacrificial love – Ruth uses covenant name of the LORD and speaks of conversion. Why? Sacrificial love can change people and the world – a greater love for others.

The Greatest Kinsman Redeemer.

 

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  1. “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for the one who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

    “And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

    In RUF large group this semester we are going over the Ten Commandments, and how they are relevant to our lives today. One introductory comment that Chuck Askew (a leader) made was that we don’t have to wonder what gift to give God (unlike some other people who annoyingly don’t tell us) because He told us straight out. The sacrificial love demonstrated in this sermon on the story of Ruth is amazing in the way that it honors and glorifies God through the law. Its also beautiful in the way that it points to the unconditional love that we have in Christ: Naomi’s Doom mirrors our destruction, and Ruth’s Love mirrors Christ’s sacrifice. I’d like to give a wholehearted amen to the prayer that says “Help us find the sacrificial love to not even think about living a day just for ourselves”. So help us, God.

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