God Can Help You (A Look at Ruth)

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on September 7, 2008
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Ruth 1:1 Ruth's story occurred during the time of Judges -- a time marked by disobedience, idolatry, and violence. Israelites would only migrate to other lands in the direst circumstances. Moab at this time is a Gentile nation.

Verse 4 Moabites were not allowed into the assembly of the LORD for ten generations (Deuteronomy 23:1-6; Nehemiah 13:1-3). Marrying a Moabite was not specifically forbidden by the law, but it was also certainly not encouraged.

Ruth 1:7 For a woman to be left alone without her husband and sons was serious enough in her own community, but in another land, she would indeed be in desperate straits.

Verse 13 The worldview regarding widows caused the woman to be in a bleak situation. Shame and blame were often leveled against a widow.

Verse 17 Ruth had extraordinary commitment, devotion, and loyalty to her mother-in-law.

Verse 20 "Ruth" means pleasant, and "Mara" means bitter. Naomi's concept of the sovereignty of God caused her to attribute her ill fortune to Him, not to chance nor to the devil. She did not mean it as an accusation but as an acknowledgment of God's total control of all things.

Ruth 2:2 The people were commanded to leave crops in the field and could afford to be generous because Yahweh was their God.

Verse 4 Boaz was a descendant of Rehab, a former Gentile prostitute from Jericho.

Verse 12 Her life was a testimony of the kind of person she was.

Ruth 3:2 Boaz was her kinsman-redeemer.

Matthew 1:5 and 6 Ruth is in the genealogy of the Messiah.

Colossians 1:13 and 14 God can and will help those who seek Him. He can redeem to the uttermost.

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