Divine appointments or tragedies in the story of Ruth  

1. The famine in Bethlehem that caused Elimelech and Naomi to move to Moab in God’s permissive will.

2. Marriage of sons to Moabite women in God’s permissive will.

3. Death of husband & sons and then Naomi hearing there was food in Bethlehem.

4. Decision of Ruth to say “your God will be my God” and follow Naomi back home.

5. Protection for Naomi and Ruth on the mountainous return home.

6. God gave Moses instructions to set up a process for the reapers to leave gleanings in Leviticus 19:9-10 ‘Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.

7. Decision of Ruth to go and glean in the fields and then going to the field of Boaz.

8. Positive reaction of Boaz to Ruth. Boaz was the son of Salmon and Rahab. Salmon, had married a non-Israelite woman Rahab. Rahab had assisted the Israelites in their conquest of Jericho; (see Joshua 6:25). Rahab is in the genealogy of Jesus.

9. God gave Moses instructions to set up the process of kinsman-redeemer in Leviticus 25.

10. Boaz was a prominent man of noble character and devoted to the Lord who was related, able and willing to be Kinsman-Redeemer.

11. The closer kinsman-redeemer was willing to redeem the family land, but declined to also marry Ruth. This allowed Boaz to be the kinsman-redeemer.

12. Boaz married a non-Israelite woman, Ruth who is listed in the genealogy of Jesus.

13. Ruth conceived after not having any children with the son of Naomi and even though Boaz was very old.

14. Ruth 4: 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name become well known in Israel.

15. Boaz and Ruth’s great-grandson was David, he was Israel’s greatest king and in the lineage of Jesus. He certainly fulfilled the statement by the women of Bethlehem. We are talking about Obed today over 3,000 years later.

Henry Luke 3/14/2017

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