Summary: In this lesson from the life of Ruth, we see Naomi setting the scene for Ruth to marry Boaz. Learn the responsibility of the Christian in helping others and we introduce the kinsman-redeemer.
Ruth the love story takes a dramatic turn this week, but we need to remember the prayer we have been praying for the last two weeks:
Lord, break out of the box we try to put you in and destroy everything in our lives that is not of You. Mess up our schedules, plans, and preconceived notions of what a relationship with you should be and bring us into a real, vibrant, living relationship with You. God we are tired of knowing about You, we want to know You. We want more than just Your anointing, we want You, Your presence.
A Christian’s Responsibility
Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for thee, that it may be well with thee?
Shall I not seek rest for thee. Rest here is equivalent to marriage. Naomi felt that Ruth should not remain a poor gleaner in the fields. Since Ruth had no mother (in Judah, at any rate), Naomi determined to take the initiative to arrange a marriage.[i]
Is it not true that in the Word of God that the church is the bride and Christ the Bridegroom?
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
-The lost do not know how to come to Jesus, and He did not leave the command for the angels to win souls. He reserved that privilege for us. It is up to those of us who have walked the path to guide those who follow after us.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
To preach, teach, disciple is the reasonability of each Christian, not just a chosen few. I don’t have the gift. It is not a matter of gift but commandment. You might as well say “I don’t have the gift of giving.” That is not a gift either but a command. I don’t have the gift of being a discipleship. That is not a gift either but a command.