THEME VERSE: JUDGES 21:25
“In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” Judges 21:25 (NLT2)
WHERE IS GOD? WHY IS HE ALLOWING THIS?
“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.
The man's name was Elimelech, his wife's name Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
Now Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. Ruth 1:1-4
GOD IS PREPARING TO FULFILL HIS PROMISE
IN THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN
After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband”.
Ruth 1:5 (NIV)
“My daughters… Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the LORD himself has raised his fist against me.”
Ruth 1:13 (NLT2)
“You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed.
Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” Joshua 23:14 (NIV)
GOD IS STRENGTHENING
OUR DETERMINATION TO STAY FAITHFUL
"Look," said Naomi, "your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her."
But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.
May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me."
When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem.
When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, "Can this be Naomi?"
"Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.
Ruth 1:15-20 (NIV)
"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NIV)
GOD’S REDEMPTIVE WORK IS
OUR FUTURE CERTAINTY
Then the elders and all those at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel.
May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah."
So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
The women said to Naomi: "Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!
Ruth 4:11-14 (NIV)
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.”
Job 19:25 (NIV)
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree."
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV)
“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people.
He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.
Luke 1:68-70 (NLT2)
IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS…
GOD HAS NOT LEFT US! HE IS STILL WORKING