Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Providence of God in Redemption - Love's Reality

Temple Baptist Church - 10-6-2019
Ruth 4:9-22


A.  The Book of Ruth, the “Greatest Love Story” ever told!  A story that surpasses “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella,” and others like these.

1.  Because the Book of Ruth is a true story. 

2.  Because the Book of Ruth is a prophetic story.

3.  Because the Book of Ruth is a personal story.

4.  Because the Book of Ruth is an eternal story.

B.  The Book of Ruth is prophetic of:

1.  The Relationship of Christ and His Church.

2.  The Relationship of Jesus and the Believer.

C.  The Book of Ruth is about:

1.  A Family.  The Family of Elimelech.  The type of Israel.

2.  A Failure.  The Fleeing during Famine.  The rejection of God’s blessings.  Boaz stayed!

3.  A Funeral.  The Finality of a Decision.  The result of unrepentant sin.

4.  A Faith.  The Choice of a Moabite woman.  A “whosoever will” gospel.

5.  A Future.  The Establishment of a Lineage.  An eternal union between Jesus Christ and His Bride.

D.  Let us take a short look at the ending of the Story of Ruth.

1.  Redemption’s Price Paid.  Verse 9.  “I have bought all!” 

Colossians 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

2.  A Bride Purchased.  Verse 10a.  “Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife.”

Acts 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

3.  An Heir Promised.  Verses 10b-12.  “To raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.”  A beautiful type of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection. 

Galatians 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

4.  A Marriage Consummated.  Verse 13.  “So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.”

Revelation 19:6-9  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  (7)  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  (8)  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  (9)  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

5.  A Blessing Restored.  Verses 14-16.  “Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman.”  This story is as much about Naomi as it is Ruth!

a.  The Blessing of her inheritance returned.  A Restorer of Life.

b.  The Blessing of another Baby Boy to nurse.

6.  A Lineage Completed.  Verses 17-22.  “There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed.”

a.  Obed – Servant.

b.  Isaiah 52:13  Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

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