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Summary: The story of Ruth is a story of Redemption.

Text: Ruth chapter 3

Title: The Redemption of Ruth

Introduction

The story of Ruth is a story about redemption. The story begins in chapter one with a great tragedy and will end in chapter 4 with a great triumph. It begins with a Crisis and ends with a Celebration!

Today we are in Ruth chapter 3 so we are not yet at the triumph part but it’s in this chapter that we are introduced to what made the triumph possible; in one word it is redemption.

The word Redemption means; to rescue by the paying of a ransom price.

Here is the Outline we will use for Ruth chapter 3

1. The Pain (v1)

"One Day Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, "My daughter, should I not try to find a home for you, where you will be well provided for?

A. One day Naomi expresses to her daughter in law Ruth her hope of a rescue.

What that hope of a rescue looked like was this: "a home for you, where you will be well provided for"?

We see that Naomi wanted a better life for Ruth;

a. to see her in a new home

b. to see her well provided for.

2000 years later Jesus would wish something similar for his disciples

John 14:1-3

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. trust in God, trust also in me. in my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so i would have told you. i am going there to prepare a place for you. And if i go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going."

a. Jesus too wanted to see his disciples in a new home

b. Jesus too wanted to see his disciples well provided for

And two thousand years on Jesus wants the same for us.

a. He wants every one of us to be in his Father's house (heaven)

b. He wants all of us to be well provided for there.

Back to our story:

B. Every rescue needs a rescuer

Ruth could not rescue herself. She was too poor. After all she had come to Bethlehem from Moab with nothing

v2. Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours?

Thankfully the law of God provided a way for someone to be rescued.

a, A person could be rescued by a kinsman redeemer

3 conditions had to be in place in order for a kinsman redeemer to bring about a rescue

1. the kinsman redeemer had to be the closest living relative

2. the kinsman redeemer had to have the financial means to carry out te rescue

3. the kinsman redeemer had to have the willingness to carry out the rescue

We see Naomi already had in mind who was going to do the rescuing.

v2. Is not Boaz, with whose servant girls you have been, a kinsman of ours?

Now of the three conditions necessary for a rescue

Naomi was sure of one: Boaz had the financial means to pay the price to carry out the rescue

Naomi was mistaken about another. we will later discover Boaz was not the closest living relative

Naomi was unsure about the third. Did Boaz have the willingness to carry out the rescue?

but thinking she was 2 for 2 Naomi goes for 3 for 3!

2. the plan (2-6)

“tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. wash and perfume yourself, and put on your best clothes. then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. then go and uncover his feet and lie down. he will tell you what to do. I will do whatever you say, Ruth answered. so she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother in law told her to do."

Naomi has already done her homework! She has come up with a plan to help Ruth get rescued; a plan to bring about a home for her where she will be well provided for.

In John 14:1-3 Jesus too had a plan in place so that his disciples could have a home in heaven where they would be well provided for.

The plan of Jesus was simple: in order to secure a home in heaven for yourself and to be well provided for they had just to -Trust in Jesus!

Question: everyone who believes in heaven has a plan for how they think they will get there? But Will that plan work for them? Will it actually get them into heaven?

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