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23rd July 2020

Week 6 

Part 1:  Meanwhile at the Gate...

Part 2:  The Genealogy of Jesus

Today we conclude our Bible Study, Ruth:  A Story of Redemption.  

Missed out on some of the sessions?  You can catch up by clicking below: 

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

You'll find this on pages 93-103 in your book.

In Week 6, we look at Ruth Chapter 4.  This is chapter 11 & 12 in the book.  Author Cailin Leacock shares with us in 2 videos.

Read Ruth 4 in your Bible before you start.

FROM THE BOOK

Scripture References:

Ruth 4:1

Ruth 4:8

Deuteronomy 25:7-9

Ruth 4:13

2 Corinthians 5:17

Matthew 28:18

Ruth 4:11

Ruth 4:12

Genesis 38

Colossians 1:10

Ruth 4:15

Romans 8:3

Ruth 1:16

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Part 1:  Meanwhile at the gate...

"Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down."

Ruth 4:1 NIV

There is significance in the word "meanwhile".  While Ruth and Naomi awaited an answer, Boaz went to work.  As he promised Ruth, he sought justice on her behalf.

In your life, what is God working on "behind the scenes" (meanwhile) on your behalf while you wait, having done all you can.

Boaz goes the the town gate which was a place where the esteemed in the community would meet.  He goes to the right place and people to sort things out.

Do we go to the right people to speak into our lives and help sort out the issues in our lives?

Boaz was a man of integrity and he wanted to do things in the right way.  As the second in line to be the Kinsman-Redeemer he didn't want to forgo the legal requirements before marrying Ruth.

When the Kinsman-Redeemer gave up his rights to redeem Ruth, Boaz is then free to redeem and marry Ruth.  The marriage of Boaz and Ruth and consequently the birth of their son, paints a beautiful picture of God's love for all humanity.

Ruth receives a new identity when she marries Boaz, so to are we given a new identity in Christ.

Have you taken ownership of the new identity that is yours in Christ?

Part 2:  The genealogy of Jesus

"This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:  Abraham was the father of Isaac,

Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab,

Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David."

Matthew 1:1-6 NIV

Matthew gives us the account of the genealogy of Jesus, it shows us that his is a linage of grace and redemption.  God used women from the lowest parts of society and from humble beginnings.  Mentioned here are 4 women:  Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Mary.

Matthew Henry's Commentary says this about these women:  "was a further mark of humiliation put on our Lord Jesus... He took upon him the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom 8:3), and takes even great sinners, upon their repentance, into the nearest relation to himself."

What shortcomings have allowed you believing you can be used by God?

God has a plan for you and your life.  How has the story and life of Ruth inspired you?

We have each been born with a unique purpose and call.  Despite uncertain circumstances, Ruth allowed God to use her.  Believe God, despite your circumstances or the season you find yourself in, for the best for your life.  Don't let anything stop you from going forward from what God has for your life.

Thank you for joining us for this beautiful bible study!

A special thank you to Cailin Leacock and Struik Christian Media for partnering with us to bring you this study.

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