FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


Old Testament Survey The Book Of Ruth

Introduction: The Book of Ruth is one of two Books of the Bible that has the name of a woman: Esther is the other one. Ruth is about a kind woman; a a Moabite, Gentile, that marries a Hebrew. This story takes place during the Judges. The timeline for Ruth is about the time of Judges chapter 3 and 4.
Ruth is the widow of Mahlon, the son of Elimelech Naomi.

What does Ruth represent? Ruth 4:17 & 22 – she symbolically brings all non Jews (gentiles) into the line of Messiah  Matthew 1:5. This means that the Gospel is for ALL people, not just a certain group of people.

CENTRAL MESSAGE: The Kinsman Redeemer
Divisions of the Book of Ruth
A. Choice – chap. 1

B. Response – chap. 2

C. Request – chap. 3

D. Reward – chap. 4

The reward of love – Ruth received a reward for her Godly love towards her mother in law. The reward was the kinsman redeemer: Boaz. Boaz is a picture or a type of Christ, our kinsman redeemer.

I. Requirement Of The Kinsman Redeemer
A. He MUST be willing; Lev. 25:25, Galatians 4:4-5
B. He MUST have the RIGHT to redeem; Lev. 25:48-49
C. He MUST have the POWER to redeem; Ruth 4:4-6,  John 10:15-18

II. Application To Christ
A. The unnamed kinsman; Ruth 4:6 represents the Law – it is just and right but shows no
love nor mercy
B. The kinsman redeemer represents Christ – the expression of God’s love and mercy
Gal. 3:13-14 – Gal. 4:4-5
C. Christ was the only one willing and had the right and power to redeem us – both Jews and
Gentiles


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