Summary: Something great happen every time the Lord visits His people and we can expect great things but He also expect from us.
TOPIC: VISITATION OF THE LORD
Text: Ruth 1:1-6
v. 6, “6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food.” ESV
What would you do if a well known person will visit you at your house? What if the new elect president will visit you, what will be your expectation to happen and from him?
Our theme for today is about the Lord visitation to His people. Every time the Lord visited His People something great happened. Genesis 21:1, “1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised.” 1 Samuel 2:21, “21 Indeed the LORD visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters. And the young man Samuel grew in the presence of the LORD.” Our Topic for Today: VISITATION OF THE LORD. Let’s open our Bible in Ruth 1:1-6 (read). What do we expect from the Lord and what He expects from us when He visits us, His people?
Background: The Book of Ruth is named for a Moabitess who had married a Hebrew man living in Moab. After the death of her husband, Ruth migrated with Naomi, her widowed Hebrew mother-in-law, to Bethlehem in Israel. There God providentially provided for her and led her to marry Boaz, a prosperous Hebrew farmer. Ruth became the great-grandmother of King David. She is listed in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1:5. The author spoke directly on two occasions of God’s sovereign, superintending grace on behalf of the main characters: (1) Naomi learned “in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of His people by providing food for them” (1:6) this is the visitation of the Lord to His people. (2) Ruth had been barren for several years in Moab before her husband Mahlon died. Later, as the wife of Boaz, “the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son” the result of God’s visitation (4:13). Israel irresponsibly disobey God, even Elimelech who chose irresponsibly to go to Moab instead of trusting God. He forgot that in Bethlehem is the place of God’s visitation & blessings.
Today I would like to focus on Ruth 1:6. We can see here what to expect when God visits His people and what He in return expects from us.
Expect S.S.S. when the Lord visits His people.
1. We Expect Salvation (rescue, deliverance, recovery) from the Lord (God Rescue)
Ruth 1:6, “6When she heard in Moab that the LORD had come TO THE AID of his people by providing food for them, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.”
We can see here the situation and condition of Naomi’ and her family. First we can see that because of famine in their land Naomi and her husband and their children went to the country of Moab to live there. But her husband died and she was left with two sons. She raised her sons in that country far from her relative and friends. And during their time it is difficult to become widow, that is why in the Bible God commanded to take care of the orphan and the widow. Because it will be hard for them to make a living. So she raised her two sons until they get married in that country to a Moabite women. But her two sons also died and now she was left with two widow daughter in law. It is more difficult now, not only to her but even for her daughter in law who is also now a widow. Luke 1:68, “68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people.” (Redemption). God reveal Himself here that GOD RESCUE. What are the situations or areas of your life that you are in right now that needs to be deliver?