We’re finally reaching the climax of the book of Ruth! Everything else has been building toward the moment of redemption. Unlike a lot of the narrative books of the Old Testament that chronicle the events of many people over a long period of time, Ruth is focused on this one chick and her mother-in-law… and … Continue reading A Love Story and Then Some
Deuteronomy 30:19 "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! In the book of Ruth, there is a character that barely … Continue reading Are You Willing?
This week we have been looking at the two kinsman redeemers in the fourth chapter of Ruth. One is all-in and one not so much. Then the question becomes….what can we learn from the differences between these two men? They both had the same responsibility to redeem the future of Naomi and then in turn … Continue reading All-In
The complete and perfect restoration not only of what is believed to be lost, but of a new creation which far exceeds what existed originally. Redemption. It might look something like this: A fourteen year old girl walks up to the front of her class to give a speech. With no warning whatsoever she experiences … Continue reading Something Like This
3 And Boaz said to the family redeemer, “You know Naomi, who came back from Moab. She is selling the land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. 4 I thought I should speak to you about it so that you can redeem it if you wish. If you want the land, then buy it here in the … Continue reading The Name of Anonymity
Let's talk about the response that I imagine came from the man who was first in line to be Naomi's kinsman redeemer. We'll call him Max, since the Bible doesn’t tell us his name. Perhaps that is what happens when we fail to say yes to what God is doing. But that’s a message for … Continue reading He Said Yes!
Then Boaz told him, “Of course, your purchase of the land from Naomi also requires that you marry Ruth, the Moabite widow. That way she can have children who will carry on her husband’s name and keep the land in the family.” “Then I can’t redeem it,” the family redeemer replied, “because this might endanger my … Continue reading I Just Can’t