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Summary: THE STORY OF A WOMAN’S FAITH AND HOW GOD FULFILLS HIS PLAN IN ALL OF US.

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OUTSIDER TO ROYAL ANCESTRESS

RUTH 1:6-17

INTRO: GREAT LOSS

1: ELIMELECH DECIDED TO LEAVE

A) IT WAS HIS CHOICE TO TAKE HIS FAMILY TO MOAB

B) V 1 A CERTAIN MAN OF BETHELHEM JUDAH WENT TO DWELL IN MOAB

C) THERE WAS FAMINE IN ISRAEL

D) AND MOAB DID NOT SUFFER FROM THIS FAMINE

E) ELIMELECH DIES IN MOAB

F) TEN YEARS LATER HIS TWO SONS DIE AS WELL

POINT: IT WAS ELIMELECH’S CHOICE TO GO TO MOAB THERE IS NO EVIDENCE IN SCRIPTURE THAT TELLS US THAT GOD DIRECTED HIM TO TAKE HIS FAMILY THERE. THE SCRIPTURE ALSO DOESN’T TELL US THAT HE DIED BECAUSE HE LEFT ISRAEL. THEIR DEATHS CAN BE ACCOUNTED TO THE NATURAL EXPOSURE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE THE PROTECTIVE CANOPY OF DIVINE PROMISE.

WHAT IS GOD’S PROTECTIVE CANOPY?

ANSWER: GOD’S PROTECTIVE CANOPY IS TO THOSE WHO REMAIN OBEDIENT TO HIM IN THE LAND OR PLACE OF HIS APPOINTMENT.

EXPLANATION: KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD PROMISED AND TRUST IN HIS WORD AND TRUTH REVEALED THROUGH IT. AND NEVER TAKE A STEP WITHOUT GOD’S DIRECTION.

BODY: THREE LEFT

1: NAOMI

A) SHE LOSES HER HUSBAND

B) HER SONS GROW AND TAKE WIVES

C) WOMEN OF MOAB

D) ORPAH AND RUTH

E) TEN YEARS GO BY

F) BOTH SONS DIE

POINT: JUST TRY AND PHATOM THE SITUATION IN FRONT OF THESE THREE WOMEN. MOTHER LOSES BOTH SONS AND HER HUSBAND. TWO YOUNG WOMEN LOSE THEIR HUSBANDS AT THE SAME TIME.

2: GOING HOME

A) NAOMI DECIDES TO GO BACK TO ISRAEL

B) SHE FEELS AS IF GOD HAS AFFLICTED HER

C) HER TWO DAUGHTER IN LAWS WISH TO GO WITH HER

D) ONE GOES THE OTHER CLUNG TO HER

POINT: THERE IS NO DISHONOR IN MOVING ON, ORPAH IS NOT BEING DISRESPECTFUL OR UNLOYAL BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T STAY AND CLING TO NAOMI. SHE IS HONORING HER IN A DIFFERENT WAY BY HEEDING HER REQUEST TO MOVE ON. GOD HAS A DIFFERENT PURPOSE FOR RUTH AS WE WILL SEE.

3: RUTH’S PLEA FOR PASSAGE

A) THE MOST WONDERFUL POEM OF COMMITMENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

B) ENTREAT ME NOT TO LEAVE YOU

C) RUTH IS CLEARLY REACHING PAST FREINDSHIP TO FAITH

D) THE LORD DO SO INDICATES THAT RUTH UNDERSTANDS THE NATURE OF GOD

POINT: NAOMI AND RUTH HAD A SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP, EVERYTHING RUTH UNDERSTANDS ABOUT GOD WAS TAUGHT TO HER BY NAOMI. RUTH BEGS NAOMI TO HEAR HER CRY. AND THE THINGS SHE HAS LEARNED FROM NAOMI ABOUT GOD HAVE GIVEN HER AN UNDYING TRUST AND LOYALTY TO HER MOTHER IN LAW.

CLOSING: FROM OUTSIDER TO ROYAL ANCESTRESS

1: RUTH RETURNS WITH NAOMI

A) SHE WORKS THE FIELDS OF A RELATIVE OF NAOMI

B) BOAZ A WEALTHY MAN

C) HE TAKES EXTRA CARE FOR HER SAFTEY AND WELL BEING.

D) BOAZ KNEW ALL ABOUT HOW RUTH CARED FOR NAOMI

POINT: LOYALTY TO THE LORD DOES NOT GO UNPAYED OR UN NOTICED, THE REWARD OF OUR LABOR OR WORK MOST OF THE TIME IS THE WORK ITSELF. GOD ALLOWS US TO MEET PEOPLE AND WITNESS AND MINISTER TO THEM AND OUT OF THE WORK WE DO HE BLESSES OUR LIVES AND THOSE AROUND US.

2: BOAZ TAKES RUTH AS HIS WIFE

A) NAOMI PLAYED A ROLE IN THIS MATTER

B) SHE TOLD RUTH TO GO TO THE TRHESHING FLOOR AND WAIT FOR BOAZ TO GO TO SLEEP

C) THEM UNCOVER HIS FEET AND LAY DOWN AT HIS FEET

D) RUTH 3:11

E) BOAZ MADE A DEAL WITH A ANOTHER REALITIVE TO BUY NAOMI’S FIELD AND MAKE RUTH HIS WIFE

POINT: A YOUNG WOMAN OF GENTILE BLOOD, WHO WAS FAITHFUL AND COMMITED TO HER MOTHER IN LAW. WHO TRAVELS TO A NEW AND STRANGE LAND AND WORKS WITH PEOPLE SHE DOES NOT KNOW TO SUPPORT HER OLDER MAOTHER IN LAW, IS NOW MARRIED TO A RICH NOBLE WISE MAN.


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