How to get what you want if you are not hecka fine/skilled
A lesson about clinging to the promises of God
1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.2The man’s name was Elimelech, his wife’s name Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
3Now Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.4They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,5both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
1.Is it ok to leave Israel because of famine? (Jospeh?)
2.What does it tell you about them that they stayed in Moab 10 years?
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”
1.The Jews read this as a worthwhile story because it shows what happens when you hold onto the “promise”
2.How does this parrallel what Rahab says in Joshua?
Ruth 2 10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?”
11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
1.What did Ruth do for Naomi that Boaz commended her?
2.In whom does Ruth take refuge?
Ruth 3:10 “The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.
1.Why did Ruth pursue Boaz?
Ruth 4:13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
1.Ruth wedges her way into the promises of Israel and the genealogy of David -> Jesus
2.What is a Kinsmen-Redeemer? What does it tell us about Jesus?
Born in 1902 to a working class family- no educational background
was a maid but wanted to be a missionary to China
denied by OMF for missionary service cuz they said she would never be able to learn the language
travelled to China by saving up her earnings from being a maid
travelled through war torn China-Russia border by herself
ran an inn in China and taught Bible stories to travellers
Became a foot inspector because she had unbound feet
brought prison reform, cared for children and changed the culture of where she lived
When you stop working, sometimes that’s when God can start