FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


The Book of Ruth Chapters 3 & 4

Ruth Chapter #3

Introduction: We can look at Ruth as the Gentile Bride of Christ. Ruth is a Gentile who marries a Hebrew and symbolically brings all non-Jews (gentiles) into the lineage of Messiah. This means that the Gospel is for all people.

We can look at her life as a type of a Christian with decisions to make. She makes decisions about serving the Lord; finding rest in the Lord and being rewarded by the Lord.

This is a wonderful story of the grace of God.

Vs 1: Ruth finds rest:

  1. Spiritually = full, abiding, present, eternal rest in the Lord.
  2. Earthly = a place to settle down & live, a home.
  3. The correlation: just like we want & need a place called home, here on this earth,                                                 God offers a place in heaven for all who believe & receive Christ.

Vs 2-7: Ruth decided to be with God’s people and to accept the God of the Hebrew peoples.

  1. Is it just enough to be saved by Christ, & that’s all?
  2. Believers receive the full enjoyment of Christ’s abiding rest.
  3. There is no real rest with the unsaved crowd.
  4. Remember, Boaz is a type of Christ
  5. Vs 4; Ruth comes to him by faith.
  6. Vs 5; she humbles herself before Boaz and surrenders to his will.
  7. In like fashion, Christians are to come to Christ, humble self before Him,                                                               and surrender to do HIS will.

Vs 6-7; Ruth follows through, she takes action; obeys.

Vs 8-11: He sees Ruth, vs 8

  1. Vs 9; “spread thy skirt …”
  2. This means: to spread a skirt over one, in the East, symbolical action denoting protection.
  3. Ruth wants Boaz to protect her.
  4. To this day in many parts of the East, to say of anyone that: he put his skirt over a woman, is synonymous with saying that he married her; and at all the marriages of the modern Jews and Hindus, one part of the ceremony is for the bridegroom to put a silken or cotton cloak around his bride.
  5. Vs 10-11; Boaz takes Ruth as his bride: ( the price he paid is not mentioned).
  6. Jesus purchased all who are saved and made us His bride.
  7. The bride is to prepare for the wedding day.
  8. Saved people are to prepare for the day when we stand before Christ.

Vs 11: Ruth was known by what she did not do as well as what she did do.

  1. Ruth did the right thing, she behaved herself.
  2. Christians need to do the right thing: have a good Christian testimony.
  3. Boaz: “I will do …. all … thou requirest.”
  4. This means he will take her to be his bride.

The rest of the chapter deals with O.T. Law: Deuteronomy 25:5-10

  1. This is symbolic: the Law cannot save.
  2. The Law condemns, it cannot save a soul.

Ruth Chapter # 4

 Introduction: Recap, we find the following brief outline of the Book of Ruth.

  1. Ruth makes a decision = choice: chap. 1.
  2. Her response, serving: chap. 2
  3. Her request: chap. 3
  4. Her reward: chap. 4

Remember, Boaz is a type of Christ.

Vs 1-5: Boaz asks the kinsman to buy or to redeem the land from Naomi &, vs 5, Ruth.

  1. Colossians 1:14 & Ephesians 1:7
  2. Our salvation cost something.
  3. It was bought & paid for by the life & death; shed blood of  Jesus Christ.
  4. Jesus redeemed us.
  5. He bought & paid for you; He paid your sin debt in full: I Corinthians 6:19-20.

Vs 6: The kinsman = the Law, said that he could not redeem Naomi & Ruth.                                                                                     Acts 13:39  Romans 8:3

Vs 7-8: “… man plucked off his shoe …”

  1. This was a testimony; that the man who gave the shoe transferred his right to the one who received it.
  2. This was according to God’s Law: Dueteronomy 25:7-9

Vs 9: The elders were witnesses to this action.

Vs 10: Boaz purchased Ruth to be his bride.

  1. Acts 20:28
  2. Ephesians 1:7
  3. Redemption = to pay a ransom in full.
  4. Revelation 21:9 & 19:7

Vs 11-12: Ruth turned her back on Moab & its gods.

  1. She turned to the God of Israel & became a child of God.
  2. This is a typology of a gentile bride who becomes a child of God, by redemption.

Vs 13: Ruth marries Boaz and has his child.

Ephesians 3:6 & Romans 10:13

Vs 14-22: We find, from the marriage of Boaz to Ruth, a line to David who becomes King over Israel.

This is prophecy being fulfilled: Luke 1:27 & Matthew 1:17

 

Conclusion: The Book of Ruth is a wonderful example of the grace of God and that the Law cannot save.

Romans 8:3 tells us that the Law is weak in the matter of saving a soul.

Romans 5:17-21 show us how much grace there is.

John 3:18 shows us the one sin that condemns a person to an eternity in hell.

That sin is the sin of rejecting Christ as Saviour.








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