Drumoak-Durris Church has traditionally run a series of home groups with the aim of inviting people to explore and discuss further different themes of the bible together in an informal and friendly setting. Everyone is invited to join as we continue our journey in the Christian faith while strengthening friendships with one another.
The Tuesday night zoom meetings will restart on 22nd of September, looking at the book of Ruth, if you wish to join in please lets us know, an interesting time of Bible Study and listening. May God guide us.
Ruth Chapter 1
The story of Ruth is set during the time of Judges in the Old Testament 1350BC to 1014BC, a period of time from the death of Joshua to just before Saul came to the throne of Israel. At this time, roughly the first 350 years in the Promised Land, it was a time everyone did their own thing, did as they saw fit. Some have called this period the dark ages of the people of Israel but at different times during this period God would raise up 14 heroic individual leaders, Judges, of Israel, God’s deliverers such as chief judges Deborah, Gideon, Samson and Samuel.
Welcome to the book of Ruth, the author of this book is unknown but it is strongly believed to have been written by Samuel but no one knows where or when it was written. The book written on a scroll “The Scroll of Ruth” was read at Pentecost, the harvest festival.
Ruth chapter one begins with the telling of a famine in the land of Judah during the days of the judges of Israel. During this famine, a man named Elimelech took his wife, Naomi, and their two sons out of Bethlehem-Judah to go live in the country of Moab, around a 50 mile rugged 7-10 days walking journey. Unfortunately while in Moab, Elimelech died. The two sons Mahlon and Chilion married Moabite women, Orpha and Ruth. About ten years later both men died leaving Naomi without a husband or sons. Naomi learns that the Lord has blessed her people with a good harvest and decides to return to Bethlehem, Judah.
Prayer, Psalm 5, 1-3.
Listen to my words, O Lord and hear my sighs.
Listen to my cry for help, my God and King.
I pray to you, O Lord; you hear my voice in the morning; at sunrise I offer my prayer and wait for your answer.
Read Ruth 1; 1-22
1. We mostly, in this area have plenty, recently we have seen panic buying many bare shelves in the food stores, but there was plenty for all if we had behaved. Real famine, hopefully we will not have to experience but what would you have done if faced with the situation that Elimelech and his family faced or indeed faced by many throughout the world even today?
2. Moving house can be one of the most stressful and difficult times. What problems and struggles would Elimelech and family had to face?
3. Naomi lost the 3 men in her life and was prepared to lose her sons wife’s also, sending them back to their families to be looked after. Do you think you would have tried to send the women away leaving yourself all alone or desperately try to hold on to them?
4. Read verses 16&17 again. Ruth’s, Love, loyalty, kindness and determination to stay with Naomi, when she could have taken a supposed much easier way? What do you think you may have done?
5. Ruth 1:20, “Don’t call me Naomi, call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life bitter” The word Mara is a form of Marah, meaning “a bitter place in the desert” Also read in Exodus 15: 22-26. Do you feel for Naomi?
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Tell your story humbly
Real love is often hard, inconvenient and costly; but true happiness only comes to those who care about others at some cost to themselves.
The book of Ruth is a story of two widows and a farmer in a remote village. It is a wonderful contrast to the previous book of Judges. While the context of the two books is identical (Ruth is set ‘in the days when the judges ruled’, 1:1), the content of the two books is very different.
While Judges recounts a catalogue of evil and upheaval because ‘everyone did as they saw fit’ (Judges 21:25), the book of Ruth is a wonderful story of loyalty, faithfulness and kindness – all the more impressive for taking place in this period of strife. Furthermore, while Judges looks at the big picture of the nation of Israel during this period, the book of Ruth is focused on a specific family.
It is a reminder to us that the God of the universe and of history is also the God of all the little details in your life. He is not just almighty and powerful, but he is also your Father who is intimately concerned with you. Your life and all the details matter to God. Your life counts.
The book of Ruth reminds us of God’s care, provision and faithfulness in the little pieces of our life.
Naomi was more concerned for Ruth than for herself. Naomi wanted Ruth to return home so that she might have a better chance of remarrying and Naomi is prepared to lose Ruth for the sake of Ruth’s happiness (Ruth 1:8–13). Ruth’s love for Naomi was equally unselfish and self-giving.
She is quite prepared not to get married again. She shows extraordinary loyalty to her mother-in-law. She says, ‘Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live. Your people are my people, your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die, and that’s where I’ll be buried, so help me God – not even death itself is going to come between us!’ (vv.16–17, MSG).
Heavenly Father, what a comfort to know that You are our never-failing help in times of trouble.
Thank You for the book of Ruth and the many lessons it teaches us.
I pray that I may remain in the centre of Your perfect will for my life, but that when I go astray, I would quickly call to You in the time of trouble.
Thank You that nothing in life is so terrible that You do not have an answer and I pray that my faith would continue to grow and mature.
This we ask in Jesus' name.
Ruth Chapter 2
Naomi and Ruth set off back for Bethlehem, when they arrived the barley harvest was just beginning, the whole town were excited to see them “ Is it really Naomi” but Naomi responded “call me Marah” when I left years ago I had plenty, I return with nothing. Naomi felt the Lord had condemned her and sent her trouble. Naomi had a relative, a member of her husband Elimelech’s family called Boaz, a mighty man of wealth, standing and position, more importantly a true man of God.
Ruth asked to pick grain in the fields that was left during the harvest, God had installed a provision in the Old Testament Law for the poor, the widowed, orphans, and strangers. It was the right through the Law of Moses (Lev. 19:9-10; 23:22) for the underprivileged to pick up any left grain in the fields.
The owner of the field that Ruth went to was owned by Boaz, he greeted his workers “The Lord be with you” and they responded, “The Lord Bless you”. Boaz ask’s about Ruth and is truly kind to her, with sound advice and help.
So often we feel lost especially in difficult days such as now.
Just reading about Ruth and Naomi reminds us of your faithfulness to us.
How desperate these women must have felt, and yet your hand is there is the background guiding them and protecting them.
Help us to see your hand at work.
Bless us today and stay with us as you have promised to do.
This we ask in Jesus' name.
Read Ruth 2: 1-10
When Ruth goes out to gather corn, verse 2, she is sure of what? Does this mean anything to you?
Read verses 8-10 again, What do you think of the advice and help Boaz gives to Ruth?, Read Galatians 5; 22. Do you see any of the Fruits of the Spirit in what he is saying and doing?
If you look for common virtues in people, what are they? Where do you believe these traits come from?
Please read 1 Kings; 17; 6-16, compare with Ruth 2;1-9
Please read Luke 19; 28-38. How do you see God at work in these 3 Bible accounts?
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Lord, thank you that you live in my heart by your Spirit.
Thank you for the power of the Word of God.
Help me to read it, learn it, meditate on it, and have your words ready on my lips that my trust may be in you, the Lord Jesus Christ.
To Boaz, Ruth was just a foreigner in need, but in giving her his help he found he was supporting his family, as she was the daughter-in-law of his kinswoman Naomi.
When we are blessed with many resources give us the generosity of heart to share and to support. In times of hardship and need it is natural and right to look after those around us - our family and friends. But your love Lord always goes above and beyond. Fill us with your love, the love which extends beyond family, to those we call foreigners, and in doing so, we find those foreigners are family too.
When we face these pandemic challenges help us to resist simply ‘looking after our own’. Any in great need are our brother and sisters. So many are hungry and poor, wandering and oppressed, vulnerable and in need of protection.
In you ‘Our Father’ we are all one family. AMEN
Ruth asks Boaz with her face touching the ground, “Why should you be so concerned about me? Why should you be so kind to a foreigner?” Boaz speaks gentle to Ruth, having already learned of the sacrifices of Ruth and what she had done for the love Naomi, he asks the Lord to reward her for what she has done, Ruth answer’s “ You are very kind to me sir. You have made me feel better by speaking gentle to me, even though I am not the equal of one of your servants.”
Read Ruth 2; 11-16
- What did Boaz see in Ruth and then demonstrate in verse’s 12-16?
- In Boaz’s generosity, what important principle’s can we learn from him about what God expects out of a Christian?
- Boaz is considerate and treats Ruth in a loving way, not in a romantic way but puts her needs first in a kind and unselfish way. In what ways is he considerate and goes beyond what the law requires? Verses 15&16.
- Is it always necessary to tell people everything you do or will do for them?
- How might have Ruth felt if Boaz had told her of the things he was doing to help her?
- What can we learn about and from Boaz from this passage?
- What can we learn about and from Ruth?
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When she was nineteen years of age, Chiara Lubich gathered with a few friends in northern Italy. It was 1939 and, as bombs fell, they asked this question: ‘Was there an ideal that bombs could not destroy?’ Their answer was, ‘Yes, the love of God’.
They had experienced God’s overwhelming love and they wanted to share it with others. They imitated God by living a life of love (Ephesians 5:1–2). They helped those in need. They shared what little food they had. They found clothing for those who had none. They comforted the bereaved.
Such a warmth emanated from Chiara and her friends that people gave them the name ‘Focolare’, which means ‘hearth’ or ‘fireplace’. Focolare now has 2 million members in 182 countries. Members of the Focolare community make it their rule of life, 24 hours a day, to live by the golden rule of Jesus: ‘Do to others what you would have them do to you’ (Matthew 7:12).
Love is practical. Chiara said, ‘Love the other person as yourself… Imagine how the world would be if the golden rule were put into practice not only between individuals, but also between ethnic groups, peoples and nations, if everyone loved the other country as their own.’
- How can we imitate God and live a life of love?
- Lord, help me today to live a life overflowing with the fruit of your Spirit.
- Lord, help me today to live a life of love and to become more like Jesus.
- Lord, thank you that you love me more than any human father.
Thank you that because of your love for me, I am able to love those around me.
Naomi said to Ruth 3;1-2 “ I must find a husband for you, so that you will have a home of your own. Remember that this man Boaz, whose women you have been working with, is our relative. Now Listen….”
Loving God, we give you thanks for Ruth’s story which tells of the important of kinship and how much she trusted Naomi.
We give you thanks for those who ever spoke to us of Jesus either by word or by the example of their life.
We remember and give you thanks
Leader; Lord in your mercy.
All; Hear our prayer.
So many rainbows this week have given us flashes of hope.
Hope when things seem so tough. Pray for those who have to make the decisions, give wisdom and courage. Remember those across the world where health services are scant and here in our own country preparing for a second wave.
During this Week Of Prayer for Prisoners, we remember the concerns and fears of both prisoners and staff.
Leader; Lord in your mercy.
All; Hear our prayer.
Gather up all our prayers remembering those we should not forget,
Leader; Lord on your mercy.
All; Hear our prayer.
And all God’s people said “ Amen "
Read chapter 3; 1-6
Why/how has Naomi’s attitude changed now. Earlier in chapter one Naomi wanted Ruth to go back to her family to a home and hopefully remarry?
Naomi’s character qualities are showing through now, can we see them?
Naomi now has a plan, what is the plan? the plan is a potentially dangerous one, what do you think about her plan? What does Naomi’s plan show?
In the plan, Ruth is to approach Boaz in the dark. Why?
Why or why not? Do you feel this has been an appropriate plan?
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Prayer changes circumstances
God ‘closely attends to the prayers of God-loyal people’ (v.29, MSG). Your prayers can make a difference to what happens. ‘The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous’ (v.29). According to the writer of Proverbs, righteousness means keeping ‘a straight course’ (v.21), listening to advice (v.22) and maintaining purity in our thoughts (v.26). It means responding to people with ‘prayerful answers’ (v.28, MSG). Through Jesus, all who believe ‘are righteous’ (Romans 3:22). Therefore, God hears your prayers.
Prayer and careful planning are not opposed to each other. As well as talking with God, it is wise to get advice from others: ‘Plans fail for lack of counsel but with many advisors they succeed’ (v.22).
You will bring blessing wherever you go: ‘The light in the eyes [of him whose heart is joyful] rejoices the hearts of others, and good news nourishes the bones’ (v.30, AMP).
Lord, thank you for the many times you have heard and answered my prayers.
We may make our plans, but You God have the last word.
We may think everything we do is right, but You Lord judge our motives.
We ask You Lord to bless our plans, whatever they may be.
Heavenly Father how blessed we are to have Your Word which reminds us in so many ways what a faithful God you are, and how necessary it is to trust You in all things.
Naomi’s speaks to Ruth of her plan and tells Ruth to “be sure to notice where Boaz lies down, and after he falls asleep, go and lift the covers and lie down at his feet. He will tell you what to do”. Ruth answered, “I will do everything you say”.
In these strange times with so much uncertainty and worry about what lies ahead we thank you for the support of family and friends.
So many of us are physically distanced from those we love so we are grateful for the technology which brings us closer.
The world is changing around us and we constantly find ourselves in unfamiliar situations.
We have had to adapt to connecting with others in different ways.
We have to accept change and work with it as best we can but we cannot do it on our own.
We put our trust in you Lord to guide and support us in all that we do.
Read chapter 3; 7-15.
Verse 7, can we learn anything about the culture of the time?
Do you think Naomi asked Ruth, verse 9, to specifically ask Boaz what she did?
In Boaz’s communication’s verse 10-13, what can we take from them?
When you are startled, shocked, or in pain, how do you respond?
Do you also have a habit of talking about the Lord and blessing others with your words?
Are there any indications in the text about the possible age difference between Boaz and Ruth? Is this a problem?
Did Boaz love Ruth?
What impressed Boaz about Ruth?
Boaz decides, what is it?
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
2 Peter 1:5-7 - For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
The word of God, song and prayer in the night.
Prayer is two-way communication.
Prayer involves listening to God as well as speaking to him.
The main way in which we hear God today is through his word.
Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1) and the Bible is all about him.
As you study the Bible, pray that God will speak to you through it.
This will give you ‘hope’ (Psalm 119:49) in the midst of all the difficulties of life: ‘These words held me up in bad times; yes, your promises rejuvenate me’ (v.50, MSG). You will find comfort in God’s words to you (v.52). These words also inspire our worship of God: ‘Your decrees are the theme of my song’ (v.54). So many of the greatest hymns and worship songs are based on the words of the Bible. You do not need to confine your prayers to daytime. ‘In the night I remember your name, O Lord’ (v.55a): this is one of the best ways to use times of wakefulness in the night. It may even be a way to cure insomnia!
Lord, please speak to me today through your word and bring me hope and comfort. Help me to pray.
Naomi’s plan is now up and running, “Now be patient”, she tells Ruth.
Loving Heavenly Father
As we continue to read about Ruth and Naomi, we remember family and friends around us and thank you for their help and guidance when we need it.
We know that our lives and the choices we make, involve risk, so help us to seek you always and to remember that whatever challenges and hardships we may face, you are in control.
Guide and direct us Lord. Help us to trust in you in all things and we pray that in the hard and difficult times we may face, you turn any bitterness we may have, to everlasting joy.
We ask these things in Jesus name.
Read chapter 3; 16-18
What kind of relationship do you think Ruth and Naomi have?
Having a mentor like Naomi is important, why is it important for young people/ believers to have a mentor such as this?
How can a mentor help protect young couples and keep them accountable?
Naomi’s advice in verse 18 to Ruth, patience, how do you feel Ruth may have been feeling at the time?
Verse 18, Naomi alludes to a character quality of Boaz, which?
From theses verses what general principles for aspiring couples can we learn from?
Romans 8:25 – But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.
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How to Pray
Prayer is the most important activity of your life. It is the main way in which you develop a relationship with your Father in heaven. If you love someone, naturally you will want to spend time in their presence communicating with them. Like any relationship, communication can take many different forms.
Lancelot Andrewes (1555–1626), was one of the great theologians and preachers of his day. After he died, his private notebook on prayer was discovered and published. In it he had written two lists:
First, he wrote a list of times of prayer in the Bible:
At all times...
Three times a day...
Evening, and morning, and at noon...
Seven times a day...
In the morning, a great while before day...
The third hour of the day...
About the sixth hour...
The hour of prayer, the ninth...
Next, he wrote a list of places of prayer in the Bible:
‘In the assembly... and in the congregation...
An upper room...
On the shore...
On their beds...
A desert place...
In every place...’
There is no limit to the times, places and different ways in which you can pray.
Lord as we read about the lives of Ruth and Boaz in our Bible studies
We are reminded of your Sovereignty.
So often in life we see the situation from our viewpoint
Forgetting that you see the bigger picture.
We acknowledge that you are a God of justice and mercy.
We give you praise and celebrate just who you are.
Help us as we live our lives today.
May we be comforted in these strange times
In the knowledge and assurance that you are still a God of justice and mercy.
You are still the Sovereign God.
So, help us in these strange times
To live in faith and to walk with you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ
Your Son and our Saviour.
Read: Chapter 4; 1-12
- What character qualities do you notice of Boaz in this passage?
- Boaz was proactive. Where did Boaz meet his relative?
- Boaz was open and transparent. Why did he meet him in at the town gate instead of privately?
1 John 1:5-7, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
(c) Boaz is clear and respectful in all his communications.
Boaz’s relative perhaps could be looked on as a rival but how does Boaz treat him? and what indeed does he call him?
Ephesians 4:25 says, “Let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbour.”
Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
Boaz was a selfless redeemer.
Through chapter 4, a form of the word redeem is mentioned a good number of times and the concept of redemption several more times. Can you identify?
Read again verses 11-12. Result for Boaz?
Ruth 4:11-12 – Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”
So, the people who witness these events gave a great blessing to Boaz.
In the end God gave him much more blessings than he ever had before. Boaz, the great-grandfather of David, the Kings of Judah and Jesus, descendants of Boaz.
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There are some people in our church community who never seem to stop doing good. Whenever I see them, they are serving or washing up, praying for someone, encouraging others, offering to take food to the sick, or doing some other kind act. They give generously to the work of the church. They do all these things with such grace and enthusiasm. I am always encouraged and challenged by their example. They never seem to tire of doing good.
In our society, the term ‘do-gooder’ has become pejorative; it is used as an insult. But doing good should not be seen in this way. Jesus, ‘went around doing good’ (Acts 10:38).
St Paul writes to Titus, ‘Remind the people… to be ready to do whatever is good’ (Titus 3:1). His desire is that those who have trusted in God ‘devote themselves to doing what is good’ (vv.8,14).
To quote John Wesley, ‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’
Lord, although the story of Ruth is set so long ago, we can learn so much from it even today.
Heavenly Father, may we continually come into your presence, look for your guidance and show your Love to all those around us.
In Boaz’s relative what character quality do you see that is the complete opposite to that of Boaz?
The relative was willing to redeem the field but not Ruth, why was this?
What priorities did the relative have?
If you set your dream on riches, you will be disappointed. The result for this guy is that he is forgotten. He did not receive the blessings that he could have had if he selflessly put others first.
Now in chapter 4 Naomi’s situation has changed since chapter 1, think again of her situation back then and how she felt and why she changed her name.
What is the difference for Naomi now?
Here in chapter 4 we see this coming true. She is not empty and bitter. Her cup is full. She is blessed by the Lord. Her neighbours once again call her “Naomi,” which means “pleasant.” Back in chapter one she says, “Don’t call me pleasant! I am bitter.” This time she does not correct them because her bitterness is gone. –
Look again at verses 14-17.
“The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth." Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.”
Naomi was now satisfied
Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
In God’s presence there is fullness of joy.
How has Ruth’s life in Moab changed with her life in Israel now?
When everything seems to be going well, and you receive what you long for, do not forget to give thanks to God. He is the one who makes it all possible.
Ruth received one amazing blessing and one amazing compliment. In verse 11 the people ask the Lord to bless her as Rachel and Leah, two of the matriarchs of Israel. A foreign woman was elevated to a remarkably high status as one of the important family members of the house of Israel, just like we too are elevated to a high status when God adopts us as His children.
And in verse 15 she is given an amazing compliment. The people say she is better than seven sons. If she wasn’t already sparkling on her wedding day, or when she gave birth to a son, surely, she must have sparkled when she heard this!
In verse 14 the people say, “Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer.” They recognize that this amazing story we have been studying is made possible because of the Lord.
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Fix Your Thoughts
When the British people are asked who the greatest Briton of all time was, Sir Winston Churchill usually tops the poll. If you were to ask an American who the greatest American was, they might reply George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. If you asked a Jew at the start of the first century AD who the greatest Jew was, without a doubt they would have said ‘Moses’. Moses was the supreme figure of their history. He had rescued them from slavery and given them the Law.
The writer of Hebrews describes to Jewish Christians how Jesus is greater than Moses. His argument is that, in spite of the greatness of Moses, Jesus is in a completely different league. Jesus is the ‘centrepiece of everything we believe’ (Hebrews 3:1, MSG); ‘he has been found worthy of honour greater than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honour than the house itself’ (v.3). ‘Moses was faithful as a servant’ (v.5); ‘Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s house’ (v.6).
The themes for today’s passages are trouble and distress, testing times, and trials and tribulations. However, you can see in these same scriptures that the secret to dealing with these is to ‘fix your thoughts on Jesus’ (v.1).
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for your word and your teachings.
As we have been reading Ruth, may we learn from studying it.
Lord, in this short story of Ruth we can see so much of you.
Your Love, kindness, gentleness, patience, joy, peace, faithfulness, goodness, self-control.
Heavenly Father, we give all the Praise and Glory to you.
Boaz clearly portrays some aspects of Jesus, and Jesus’s relationship to us. Boaz portrays Christ as our redeemer.
Christ is the only redeemer, he is the only one who can save us, he is the only one who is qualified to redeem us.
What parallels can we find in the story?
Redemption is an act of grace. Jesus sacrifice for us was a willing choice. Boaz did not have to redeem Ruth, he chooses to.
Redemption is public. Jesus redeemed us publicly on the cross. Boaz redeemed Ruth publicly for all to see.
Redemption is an act of Love. Jesus loves us all, while we were and are all still sinners. Ruth being a Moabite, was not a woman that most men would not have chosen to love, Boaz bid, he loved her, cared for her, wanted the best for her.
Redemption comes with a price. Jesus paid the ultimate price, Jesus was willing to pay a far greater price for us, his own blood. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Something must be given up as a redeemer. The relative was willing to pay for the field but not to redeem Ruth as he would have to give up his own rights. Boaz was willing and prepared to pay this price.
Redemption is priceless. We can never pay Jesus back for his redemption of us, we have not earned or deserved it. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Ruth was a peasant, no money, no way to pay Boaz back.
Redemption is irreversible. Once Jesus takes us into his family, he will never throw us out, when Jesus saves us, we are truly saved, the decision is final. There was no going back once the relative took of his sandal and gave it to Boaz, the decision was final.
Redemption must be accepted. In Jesus’s redemption of us, he does all the work, he pays the price. But we must be willing to say yes, say yes to Jesus. Although Ruth asks Boaz to redeem her and Boaz pays the price himself, it was still a two-way action, both had to agree, and Ruth had to say yes.
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Your Key to Life:
Madonna said, ‘When I was growing up... Jesus Christ was like a movie star, my favourite idol of all.’
Napoleon Bonaparte said, ‘I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.’
Novelist H.G. Wells said, ‘I am an historian, I am not a believer. But this penniless preacher from Galilee is irresistibly the centre of history.’
Even people who would not describe themselves as followers of the ‘penniless preacher’ recognise that there is something extraordinary about Jesus.
No one, not even angels, can compare to Jesus (Hebrews 1:1–14). If you want to know what God is like, look at Jesus. He said, ‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father’ (John 14:9). Everything you read and understand about God through the Bible needs to be read through the lens of Jesus. He is the ultimate revelation of God.
Your key to getting your life sorted out is Jesus. Your key to understanding the Bible is Jesus. Your key to understanding God’s character is Jesus. Your key to life is Jesus.