This Lord's day will bring great joy to our congregation. In the morning we will witness the covenant baptism of S J K! What joy! Our sermon will be Ruth 4 and there are amazing connections to the issue of baptism and the work of our great Kinsman-Redeemer Jesus Christ. Please make yourself available for the morning worship service.Scripture Reading: Ruth 4
Text: Ruth 4
Message: "In the Line of David and His Lord"
Theme: The covenant faithfulness of the Lord brings joy to two, and a King to the church
In God's leading the Redeemer acquires fertile soil
The elders and people pray for the peace of Israel through this marriage
The Lord provides
The King is coming!
In the morning we will take up Ruth 3 and see the beginning of redemption. This redemption for Ruth and Naomi previews a more lasting and perfect redemption. Come and be richly encouraged at what God has done. Scripture Reading: Ruth 3
Text: Ruth 3
Message: "Covenant Covering Previewed"
Theme: A covenant mother guides her daughter to the covering of God
Naomi guides Ruth toward showing to Boaz her interest
Ruth enacts the plan for the covering of covenant
Boaz is blessed and blesses Ruth and Naomi in the covenant
Naomi receives the good news and rejoices with quiet confidence
Although we become brothers of Jesus, we will only have Him as the one redeemer (The Only Begotten Son), it does become our responsibility to glorify God as Jesus did. It was one of His reasons for bringing many sons unto glory. We focus in on the requirements and goals of the Kinsman Redeemer. He was linked to us by blood, as the promised seed of the woman, God incarnate in the Son that was given.
In the morning we are taking a break from Mark and will begin a four-sermon series on the book of Ruth. This marvelous book begins with some surprises and as we stick close to the text we will come to see the promises God has for His people. Please pray for His will to be done in this short series.Scripture Reading: Ruth 1
Text: Ruth 1
Message: "Departing Pleasant; Returning Bitter"
Theme: When covenant people struggle with hard providences
The attitude of the judges copied by Eli-Melech
Naomi hears of bread back home…will the ladies be 'in-waiting'?
Ruth's glorious profession of faith!
Naomi no longer, now she is Mara
This sermon tells us of Ruth. Ruth was a Moabite woman who ended up being part of the genealogy of Jesus. We see the theme of redemption very strongly in the Book of Ruth. She is redeemed from paganism, redeemed from a widow's poverty by Boaz, and ultimately tied to the world's Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
El Shaddai presents Him as the almighty God, Who makes and keeps His covenants and promises. He alone, as the Almighty God can promise
the seemingly impossible and perfectly bring it pass. Here we look at El Shaddai and His work on behalf of Ruth the Moabitess and Naomi, her mother in law. As we often see in His plan, what man does for evil, God works for His perfect good.
18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, "Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you." So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz." 20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, "May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!" Naomi also said to her, "The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers." 21 And Ruth the Moabite said, "Besides, he said to me, 'You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.'" 22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, "It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted." 23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
8 Then Boaz said to Ruth, "Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. 9 Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn." 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?" 11 But Boaz answered her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!" 13 Then she said, "I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants."
14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, "Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine." So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15 When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her."
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
Would you like our land to be healed? It is an If-then propostion. We are told here to make 4 propostions.
If my people will humble themselves...
If then they Pray.
If then they Seek the Face of the Lord.
And if they will turn from their wicked ways.
Then God will hear from heaven and heal our land.
Are you making spiritual preparations in the way this text describes?