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Ruth:  A Story of Redemption

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18th June 2020

Week 1:  Introduction

Ruth: A Story of Redemption looks at each chapter of the book of Ruth and examines what we as modern women can still learn from the character of Ruth. Through it we not only see God’s faithful redemption, but are also reminded that you don’t have to be anything other than available and willing for God to use your life in a mighty, significant and eternal way!

You'll find this on pages 3-11 in your book.

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In Week 1 we look at the context of Ruth so that we can better understand the book and character of Ruth.  Author Cailin Leacock guides us through the introduction and context of Ruth.  

 

Read Ruth 1 in your Bible before you start.

FROM THE BOOK

Scripture References:

Ruth 1:1

Joshua 24:29

Judges 1:27-2:4

Judges 2:10

Exodus 20:3

Exodus 20

Leviticus 26:14

Proverbs 26:11

Ponder This:

  • Living in full victory requires complete trust in God and complete obedience to Him.

  • Coexisting with the enemy means living at war with God's best for your life.

  • It is impossible for you to cooperate with God fully when you are cooperating with the enemy, even slightly.

  • The enemy's intention will always be to bring corruption into your life and pull you away from God.

  • God disciplines you because He loves you and has a responsibility to uphold His Word and covenant.

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In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.

Ruth 1:1 NIV

 

The book of Ruth is set at the time of the judges, at that time there was famine in Israel.  During this time, Israel had walked away from God and broken their covenant with Him.  But God, even in these circumstances, had a plan for redemption, a young women called Ruth.

 

There wasn't anything especially special about Ruth that made her an obvious choice to be used by God.  In fact she hadn't been brought up to know God or His ways, the very opposite!  God does not look at what we often regard as important. 

God uses Ruth and Naomi (her mother-in-law) to bring about redemption and restoration for an entire nation and ultimately salvation for me and you.  

 

Ruth and Naomi are an excellent example for us today, that we do not need to be defined by our circumstances.  Everything can be used by God for good.  It is just a matter of allowing Him into the pain and heartbreak, and permitting Him to move and work in your situation and letting Him use you as a beautiful instrument in His hand to bring about change in the lives of those around you and possibly even generations to come!

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