The Bigger, Better Story of Redemption

The story of Ruth in the Old Testament teaches a great truth that God has not forgotten His people. He provided a husband and son for Ruth, a redeemer for Naomi, and a King for His people. But the bigger, better story of redemption that Ruth teaches is that God has provided a Savior for the world.

The bigger, better story of redemption that Ruth opens as it closes, is that not only has God not forgotten us, but that God is with us, through the One True King – Jesus! And that bigger, better story of redemption has three implications for us: it upsets the values of the world; it removes our labels; and it gives us our ultimate rest in Jesus.

Scripture: Ruth 4:18-22; Matthew 1:1-25; Galatians 4:4-7

There is a Redeemer

Ruth 4 shows how God brings redemption out of ruin through the birth of a son. Boaz selflessly follows God’s Word to care for Naomi and Ruth and to perpetuate the name of Elimelech and Mahlon. Through this selfless act, God providentially provides His people with a redeemer, a king, and a Messiah. As God’s people today, we are called to trust in Him and the provision that He has made for His people through His Son, Jesus. In the Gospel we are called to selflessly follow God’s Word.

Scripture: Ruth 4:1-17

A Risky Plan Redeemed

God is at work in the complex details of our lives for His glory and our good. So we should act in faith, be righteous, and trust God to finish what He’s started.

Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Isaiah 42:3; Titus 3:4-6

Agents of God’s Lovingkindness

God’s lovingkindness is oftentimes granted to us through agents of His grace.

Scripture: Ruth 2

Dark Days, Bitter Heart

The book of Ruth takes place in the dark setting of the time of the judges. Everything that could go wrong seems to go wrong. What we would expect is that every person would do what is right in their eyes, but what happens is that even in the most difficult times imaginable, an unlikely person, Ruth, chooses to show loyalty to God and His people.

We are faced with difficulties, sometimes the unimaginable, and we are called to live like God’s covenant people. God has equipped us to do this through the Gospel.

Scripture: Ruth 1