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Truth for Today #29

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III. THE RESPONSE OF BOAZ.

1. Remember Boaz was there to guard the corn. Verse 7. Christ stand’s guard over the treasures of His harvest labours. He will keep it from robbers. The only ones who may partake of it are those who come in faith to ask.

2. Startled out of his sleep, he would have spoken interrogatively to Ruth. Matt 15:22-28. So the Lord tests those who come to Him.

3. He commended Ruth’s choice. Verse 10. It is a blessed thing to chose Christ above that which the world may consider more worthy of pursuing. To pursue Christ is the greatest kindness we can bestow upon our family.

4. He grants her a promise of marriage. Verse 11. “And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman,” verse 11. Virtue will be seen even in the midst of poverty and will pay the virtuous well.

5. Immediate action was also promised.  “In the morning.” She was told to remain until the morning for it would not have been safe for her to travel at night nor seemly for him to escort her home at such an hour.

6. She went home enriched by her waiting upon Boaz. Verse 14-18.
Ruth is told to wait. “Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day,” verse 18. They have not long to wait who bring their needs to Christ and claim from Him their rights under the Covenant of Grace.

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD,” Psalms 27:14.

Truth for Today #28

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II. RUTH’S OBEDIENCE.

2. She acted without presumption. She lay at his feet not at his side. She did not come as an equal demanding but as a servant supplicating.
3. She asked most discreetly. I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman,” verse 9. She asked to be taken under his protection and care. Ezekiel 16:6-14.

Truth for today #27

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I. RUTH NEEDED INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SHE COULD ENTER HER REST.

Concluding study of this main point.

3. The position she was to take. She was to present her plea after the harvest supper, 4. She was to lie at his feet. It was a place of surrender, a place of waiting, John 12:3. This was to be done in secret, after the company had left. She was to lie until he took notice of her.

II. RUTH’S OBEDIENCE.
“And she said unto her, All that thou sayest unto me I will do,” verse 5. She not only said she would obey but did so. “And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her,” verse 6.

1. She approached secretively. She made no display of her actions. What modesty and humility is required when seeking the fulness of God’s blessing.

Truth for today #26

Ruth was to prepare herself to approach Boaz.

“Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee,” Ruth 3:3.

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Note the 3-fold preparation.

Washing,

Anointing (John 12:3),

Raiment.

This is the three-fold on-going experience of the true child of God.

She was to be as a bride. She came to give herself away.

Truth for Today #25

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth, #25

Scripture: Ruth 3:1-18.

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As we come to chapter 3, we have reached an important division in the book.

Bearing in mind that the book of Ruth is a wonderful illustration of the spiritual advance and growth that should be seen in every believer, we will note the new level to which Ruth ascends in her pilgrimage. She has found grace in the eyes of the Lord  and this has been manifested in the providential encounter she had with Boaz and his kindness shown to her, 2:10-14.

But there is more. She is to enter into  REST, 3:1.

The gospel is a call to rest, Matthew 11:28-29. The word means a settled state of contentment, Gen 8:9 and comes from the Hebrew word for rest in Gen 8:4, Ex 20:11.
In Matthew 11:28-29 there are two rests. One follows initial faith in Christ the other follows on after submission and obedience to Christ. The rest spoken on in Ruth 3:1 is the rest correspondents to that which is referred to by Christ in verse Matt 11:29. The rest in our passage is akin to the rest of Psalm 95:11. What Canaan was for Israel, the Spirit-filled victorious life is for the New Testament believer.

In the opening verses of the chapter, the way to rest is set before us.

I. RUTH NEEDED INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SHE COULD ENTER HER REST.
Does not the church stand in need of such instruction today. The concept of a Kinsman-Redeemer would have been unknown in Moab.

1. Gospel rest can be known only by those related to Christ. Boaz was bound under the law to marry Ruth. Deuteronomy 25:5-6. Ruth was related by marriage into the family of Boaz. It is a relationship that would grow and strenghten. Naomi would have her married to Boaz. That is a very good concept of marriage — rest!