LESSONS FROM THE LINEAGES: "The Relative Who Became a Redeemer"

LESSONS FROM THE LINEAGES

“The Relative who Became a Redeemer”

Ruth 4:17-22

Introduction:

A.  In the modern wedding, the groom doesn’t get much attention.

B.  In the Jewish wedding, it was the other way around.

            The groom was the main focus.

            1.  He is to be a spiritual leader of his house.

                 Shouldn’t start out making her the leader in the wedding

 

            2.  Wedding symbolizes Jesus and the Church.

                 Our focus should be on Jesus, not self.

 

B.  The groom should get more attention in the Book of Ruth.

            1.  We can rightly say the main story starts with Ruth.

            2.  We also see how the story switches to focus on Boaz.

 

C.  Lessons from the Life of Boaz

 

I.  In Christ we have REDEMPTION.

 

    A.  Boaz is Ruth's Kinsman Redeemer.

            1.  Boaz is to Ruth as Judah was to Tamar.  (4:12)

            2.  Boaz met the qualifications for a Redeemer.

                        a.  He was a Kinsman.

                        b.  He was Willing.

                        c.  He could meet the price.

 

    B.  Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer.

            1.  He is a near kinsman in that He is a man.

            2.  He could buy us back, redeem us in that He is God.

            3.  He was more than Willing to Redeem us.

            4.  He met the necessary price on the cross.

 

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  (Rev.5:9)

 

II.  In Christ we have RANSOM.

 

    A.  Boaz is the son of Salmon and Rahab. (See Matthew 1:5)

          1.  Rahab's life spared because she believed & hid the spies

          2.  A ransom was given for Rahab's life.  Life for life.

          3.  Boaz was very acquainted with this story. 

   Perhaps why he would be so willing to marry a foreigner.

 

    B.  Jesus gave his life so that we might have life.

          He became a ransom for many.

           

            For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

            but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. 

            (Mk.10:45)

             For there is one God, and one mediator between God and

            men, the man Christ Jesus;  Who gave himself a ransom

            for all, to be testified in due time.  (I Tim.2:5-6)

 

            ILL:  “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe”

                        We were kidnapped, taken hostage by Satan.

                        Jesus came to our rescue.  He paid the ransom.

                        His own life.

                        But surprise ending:  He rose from the dead!

 

III.  In Christ we have RESTORATION.

 

    A.  The Book of Ruth begins with a Great Loss and

          ends with a Great Restoration.  (4:15)

          1.  Loss of Elimelech, Mahlon, Chilion.

          2.  Gain of Boaz and baby Obed.  (4:13)

               Ruth gained a new Lord, Land, Love, and Legacy.

              Ruth could be called “Three funerals and a Wedding.”

 

    B.  Sin always brings Loss.

          1.  Elimelech's sin brought loss.

          2.  Our sin brings loss.

         EX:  Adam, David, Samson

                     EX:  Harvey Weinstein

 

    C.  Salvation always brings Gain.

            14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  (II Chron.7:14)

 

     D.  All we Lost in the Fall will be Restored to the Believer.

 

            1.  The Paradise

            2.  The Peace.

            3.  The Tree of Life.

            4.  The Incorruptible Body.

            5.  The Fellowship with God.

 

IV.  In Christ we have ROYALTY

 

    A.  Why was the book of Ruth written?

          1.  It is a great story.

          2.  It connects Judah with David.

              a.  The promised Messiah was to be of the tribe of Judah.

              b.  The promised Messiah was also from line of David.

              c.  The book of Ruth connects the dots.

 

    B.  Christ is Royalty, and will sit on the throne of David.

 

            The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn

            from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 

            (Ps.132:11)

 

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.  (Isa.9:7)

 

 

    C.  We as believers are the Bride of Christ, and will reign with

          Him.  Christ makes us royalty.  A rags to riches story.

          All the NT writers proclaim it.

 

12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him  (II Tim.2:12)

 

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people  (I Pt.2:9a)

 

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  (Rev.5:10)

 

D.  There is no need to feel Inferior and have Low Self Esteem.

      As a Christian, you are Royalty.

            EX:  Royal Ambassadors—RA’s

 

Conclusion:

A.  Nothing was going right until Ruth met Boaz.

B.  Nothing will go right in our life until we meet Jesus.

C.  In Christ we have:

            Redemption, Ransom, Restoration, Royalty.

 

 

 
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