StoneBridge Community Church
Ruth: "They Named Him Obed" - Ruth 4:7-17
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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RUTH

At the center of the book of Ruth are two widows, Naomi and Ruth. Naomi is from Judah and a worshipper of the god of Israel. Her daughter-in-law Ruth is from Moab, a foreign nation often at odds with Judah. Despite being foreigners to one another, these two women are bound together by a devotion that reflects God's devotion for us. Both widowed and impoverished, Ruth and Naomi experience the kindness of God through unlikely circumstances. At the end of it all, God works through their devotion to one another in an unexpected of way.

The Text in Context

"The thing I find particularly interesting in this text is a more specific definition of just who the near kinsman might be. It appears to me that there is an order of priority indicated as well. One could redeem himself, followed by one of his brothers... After that would be one’s uncle, then a cousin, and then more distant blood relatives. This does not tell us who the nearest kin of Elimelech was, but it at least suggests..." Click link to read more.

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Sermon Outline

I. Recap of Ruth's Story

II. Overall lessons
A. Ruth is from Moab and devoted to Naomi.
B. God's love is seen in Ruth's love for Naomi.
C. Ruth, Naomi and Boaz are decent to one another.
D. We know what God will do.

III. Loving Kindness (Hesed)
A. Not practical
B. Practical isn't the point.
C. God will use it somehow.

IV. Obed
A. David
B. Jesus

V. We have no idea what God will do with our efforts in future generations.
NEXT STEPS:

1) Think of someone who doesn't have anyone who is kind to him or her.

2) Go be kind and decent to that person.

3) Pray that God reveals to you more people you can be kind and decent to.
GROWTH GROUP / PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1) What theme has stood out to you the most from the book of Ruth? Why?

2) What do you know about King David? Were you aware that, according to the Bible, he came about from Ruth and Boaz's marriage?

3) Why do you think Matthew included Ruth's name in his genealogy of Jesus, when women's names usually weren't included?

4) Can you think of a time when God used a small act of kindness or devotion in your life in a way you never expected?

5) What will be your lasting impression from the book of Ruth?

6) What is the deepest truth you've learned about God from the book of Ruth?

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