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Bright Faith. In. A Dark Hour. Copyright © 2004, Jeff Smith. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted from the author for free distribution of this material, but only as it appears. Lessons From The Book Of Ruth. Bright Faith. In. A Dark Hour. General Introduction.

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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Copyright © 2004, Jeff Smith. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted from the author for free distribution of this material, but only as it appears.

Lessons From The Book Of Ruth


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

General Introduction

Overview

  • Set in the days of the judges cp. 1:1

    • Not one of Israel’s “brightest moments” due to cycle of sin throughout 350+ years

  • This book teaches us about…

    • …true marital love with honorable intentions

    • …true spiritual fidelity to Jehovah amidst sin


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

General Introduction

Overview

  • This book also teaches the providence of God cp. 1:1-4 1:22 – 2:3 3:1-5 4:17

    Purpose

  • The book’s main purpose appears to reveal information re: the lineage of the Messiah4:17-22 cp. Mt 1:5


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Naomi Returns To Jerusalem Ruth 1

  • Elimelech’s family travels from Judah to Moab to escape a famine 1:1-2

    • Famine = punishment cp. Deut 28:15, 22-24

  • Naomi eventually returns to Judah 1:6

    • She discourages Orpah & Ruth from going 1:8

      • Orpah returns to Moab 1:14-15

      • Ruth will not be dissuaded…she has genuine commitment 1:16-17


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Naomi Returns To Jerusalem Ruth 1

  • Naomi was welcomed back in Judah, but she will filled with bitterness 1:19-21

    • She could not see any goodness in her life

    • Christians today can make the same mistake re: unpleasant events in our own lives cp. 2 Cor 4:17


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Ruth & Boaz Ruth 2-3

  • The act of “gleaning” plays a prominent role in the story of Ruth 2:2

    • Commanded by law Lev 19:9-10 Deut 24:19

  • We’re also introduced to Boaz 2:1

  • Ruth determines she must glean to provide for herself, Naomi 2:2

    • She comes upon Boaz’s field 2:3


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Ruth & Boaz Ruth 2-3

  • Boaz was a good man

    • He was kind to his own workers 2:4

    • He was concerned about Ruth’s efforts to glean 2:5-16

    • He was impressed with Ruth’s commitment to Jehovah 2:12

  • Ruth was equally “faithful” 2:10, 13

    • Especially to Naomi 2:17-18


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Ruth & Boaz Ruth 2-3

  • Naomi begins to see something developing re: Ruth’s situation 2:20-23

    • She advises Ruth to continue to seek shelter under Boaz 2:22-23

    • She also knew what the Law taught about someone in Ruth’s situation cp. Deut 25:5-10

      • She describes Boaz as a “relative” 2:20

      • She mentions the “dead” 2:20


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Ruth & Boaz Ruth 2-3

  • Naomi instructs Ruth re: Boaz, his potential to be the “near kinsman” 3:1-5

    • She wants Ruth to be secure v. 1

    • She tells Ruth how to approach Boaz vv. 3-4

  • Ruth used the traditional rites to request that Boaz become her “redeemer” 3:6-9 cp. Ezek 16:8


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Ruth & Boaz Ruth 2-3

  • Boaz was impressed by Ruth 3:10-11

    • She wasn’t a “husband hunter” v. 10

    • She had an honorable reputation v. 11

  • Boaz was honorable in how he worked out the redemption of Ruth 3:12-13, 18

  • Boaz was also careful to protect Ruth’s public reputation 3:14-15, 17


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

The Marriage Of Ruth & Boaz Ruth 4

  • Boaz begins the redemption process with the nearer kinsman, elders of the city 4:1-2

  • The nearer kinsman was reluctant to redeem Ruth 4:5-6

    • In keeping with custom, the nearer kinsman passed his redemption right to Boaz 4:7-8

  • Boaz agreed to redeem Ruth 4:9-10


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

The Marriage Of Ruth & Boaz Ruth 4

  • Ruth was considered “blessed” and likened to Rachel & Leah 4:11

    • A reference to how Israel’s “house” was built

  • The “house” Boaz would be forming with Ruth was also blessed, and likened to Perez4:12

    • Perez = Boaz’s ancestor 4:18 1 Chron 2:5ff


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

The Marriage Of Ruth & Boaz Ruth 4

  • Ruth provided Naomi a grandchild 4:14-17

    • A “redeemer” for her heritage

    • A “restorer” for her life & “sustainer” for her old age

    • A “son” to fill the emptiness in her life

  • Ruth was praised to be better than 7 sons to Naomi 4:15


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

The Marriage Of Ruth & Boaz Ruth 4

  • The purpose of the book of Ruth is stated in 4:18-22

    • David eventually emerges from the lineage of Boaz & Ruth 4:22

    • The Messiah eventually emerges from the lineage of David cp. Mt 1:2-6a, 16


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Bright Faith

In

A Dark Hour

Boaz & Jesus As “Redeemers”

Boaz

  • Redeemed Ruth

  • Redeemed Ruth from “curse” of being a widow

  • Redeemed Ruth to raise up sons

  • Redeemed Ruth, purifying her to himself

Jesus

  • Redeemed Israel Lk 24:21

  • Redeemed us from the “curse of Law” Gal 3:13

  • Redeemed us to adopt us as “sons” Gal 4:1-7

  • Redeemed us, purifying us to Himself Titus 2:11-14


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