Lesson 11 The Story of Ruth
of our lessons have been about boys and men whom God used to do His work,
but today I want to tell you about a girl named Ruth who looked to God,
was saved from her sins, and greatly rewarded.
When Ruth and Naomi arrived in Bethlehem, which is the place where later the Lord Jesus would be born, there was great rejoicing among Naomi’s friends. However, her own heart was sad as she told of the death of her husband and her two sons. Do you think Ruth at first may have felt lonely? She was dressed differently and she was a Gentile (not a Jew.)
(3) I want you to notice how loving and kind Ruth was to Naomi, which was another good proof that she was really following the true God. God puts His loving spirit within us when we come to faith in the Lord Jesus.
And then we want to notice Ruth’s service. Ruth went out the next day to work in the field to make a living for herself and Naomi. She went out to the harvest field to glean. This means that she was allowed to pick up the stalks of grain that fell behind the reapers as they gathered the harvest. This was a provision that the Lord had made for the poor. After Ruth had worked a while, she went into the house to rest. The wealthy man who owned the field came to look over the harvest and noticed her. His name was Boaz. He was the son of Rahab. He was very kind to Ruth.
Boaz had heard of Ruth’s kindness to Naomi, and
he knew that she had come to put her trust in the living God rather than
in the gods of Moab. When Ruth went home that evening, she had over a
bushel of barley. When Naomi learned that it was Boaz who had been so
kind to Ruth, she told her that Boaz was a kinsman, a relative of her
husband, Elimelech. Naomi told Ruth to always glean in Boaz’ fields
and not to go anywhere else. Ruth was obedient. She did what Naomi told
her to do.
(3) Another thing we can notice is Ruth’s reward. Ruth continued to glean in Boaz’ fields. As they became better friends, before long he wanted to marry her. According to their laws, the man who was the nearest relative had the first right to buy the land that had belonged to Naomi’s husband and also to marry Ruth. Boaz wanted to do this, but there was another man who was a closer relative than he was. Boaz went to the relative who was nearest of kin and told him about the land and Ruth. This man was willing for Boaz to purchase the land, and so Boaz bought it immediately. It was the custom to give your shoe to show you give up your rights by an agreement. How happy Boaz must have been as he returned home, knowing that now he could marry Ruth.
There is something here that is such a precious truth.
The relative who purchased the land was called a “kinsman redeemer.”
“Kinsman” means that he was a relative, and “redeemer”
that he was buying the land. Only a relative could buy the land, and he
had to be able to pay the price. The Lord Jesus is our “kinsman
redeemer.” When we are born in sin, we are held captive as Satan’s
prisoner. But the Lord Jesus came and died to redeem or purchase sinners
like us with His own precious blood. In order to die for sinners, the
Lord Jesus took on a human body. He became one of us but without sin.
He was God and man. The Lord Jesus became like us. He purchased sinners
with His own precious blood, and claimed them for His own. So when we
receive Christ, we become part of God’s family.
Jesus understands us. He is able to help Christians day by day. Let us ask him to teach us how to put Him first in all that we do. You may have never thanked God the Father for sending Christ to die for sinners. You can thank Him today. May God give you the grace to do so.
Prayer: Father, if there is someone reading this who has not yet received Christ as Saviour, enable them to do so today. Lord, please teach us how to put You first in all that we do. May we please you and bring honor to Your name by being kind and loving to others. Thank you for sending your Son to die for sinners. Amen.
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