*Sermon outline from last night*
“Last week we looked at Boaz, how he foreshadowed Christ in his words and actions. Tonight with the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit we can look at Ruth and Naomi how from their actions what we can learn about living our lives as servants of Christ.
Doing much the same as we did last week, starting from the beginning and taking each reference as it comes. We won’t have time to look at each and every reference.
Here we see Naomi as a caring person, she sees that there is nothing for them in the land that they are, so she leads Ruth an Orpah towards Judah, as we see hear she heard that there was much food to be found there.
It is the duty if older Christians to guide and to lead the younger Christians or should I say more new Christians. To a place in which they may be fed, whether this is through offering your own personal advice, offering books, or lovingly encouraging them to attend the means of grace. Whatever it may be it is the duty of all Christians who are in the walk to help those that are new to it. Hebrews 10v25:
“24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Now although we first see her encouraging the women to go with her by the next verse we see her discouraging them to go with her.
Here we see Naomi going through doubt, after promising those benefits in the first verse she here shares her doubts with them, and her doubts send Orpah on her way. Now we all have our problems, and many have doubts all through our walk but as a church we must be careful, not to let our doubts be an obstacle to the other believers. Of course it is good that we share one another’s burdens that are in Galatians 6:2.
But we must be careful not cause our brothers and sisters to go off the track on account of our own struggles, Romans 14:13, Paul says: “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.”
Looking at verse 15 we can look at these verses we can see what is probably the most well know and most loved verses in the book I Ruth. Here we have Ruth’s incredible outcry, you could even say it’s her testimony, in the Hebrew where we have the word said the word declared or even promised can be used.
How did Ruth know about this God, they were living in Moab, the Moabites worshiped a God called Chemosh, or the destroyer, he was a great fish God.
Well the answer to how Ruth knew God is in her cry, “let your God be MY God.
Ruth new and followed after God because Naomi had taught her all about her God. Again here is a lesson for us as Christian s we must be willing witnesses, in our words and actions. The world looks on us often in confusion- always in ignorance, it is our duty to share the truth with them, so they to may be set free. John 8 32:
“If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; 32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
V22- just point out the beauty of the verse. They are both returning – Naomi returning from a Small while away from her people. And Ruth coming for the first time to Bethlehem.
here we se Ruth Being a willing and happy servant, she is quite happy to do the job even though she has not even seen the one she is working for, and she is working hard- as we see for the verse it says that she worked from early morning till now, more often than not that meant from sunrise (around 6am)
-We might not be able to see the Christ that we serve, but it is our duty to work hard in his fields for his harvest. Christ knew that we may often struggle in our faith. But he gave us a blessing for those who do his service without seeing him. John 20: 29:
“Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”
Last week we looked at these verses in some detail, tonight we can look at them in a practical sense, thinking how do we fulfill these instructions?
Boaz instructs Ruth not to leave the field, Ruth did not know his plans fiord her, or how much he cared for her, we see this care in verses 14 and 15, Boaz told her to stay in the same field as only in that field would she firstly be able to sit and eat with him and secondly only in that field would she receive the necessary food to sustain her. (Read v 15)
Here we see Ruth declaring her unworthiness to be receiving the help of Boaz, she recognises that he is under no obligation to help her, she was a foreigner, but her we see the Christ reaching out to the Gentile- here we see Boaz grating Ruth as he treats us today. Although we are foreign to him, he accepted us and cares for us.
As a church we must continually praise Christ that even though there was no obligation to save us he still did so.
Here we see Ruth providing Naomi with what she had left over from eating with Boaz, she shared it with Naomi not because she needed the food, she had already given her the barley she had gleaned – no she gave Naomi this good food because she wanted her to be fed with the best of food. Just as Naomi had served Ruth here we see Ruth serving Naomi.
Just quickly look at this verse, here we see Naomi simply repeating the instruction that Boaz gave to Ruth.
As Christians it is essential that we lovingly point each other to scripture in order to benefit Each other. We must encourage each other to follow the instructions of Christ.1 Corinthians 15:1-2:
“1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, whom you received, in which you stand,
2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you-unless you believed in vain.”
V9. Here we see Ruth asking for Boaz’s love/protection. It’s interesting to note the words and compare them to the words of Christ in like 13: 44:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not?”
Ruth is here asking Boaz to cover her, whilst here see Israel’s rejecting Christ’s cover over them.
We can conclude simply by looking at the name Ruth- in the Hebrew it means friend. In the book of Ruth we see the love between Ruth and Naomi – a sisterly love that meant they provided for and helped to build up each other. And in Boaz we find the one she loves, but also the one she is friends with, she happily serves him and he lovingly protects her.