· 1 - the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil.
· 2 - the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.
Hebrews 9:12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
· Redemption is something that cannot be earned.
· Redemption is not proving yourself, many sports themed movies reflect a team doing the impossible or improbable and redeeming themselves in the eyes of others, proving their worth.
· Christ’s redemption cannot be attained by what we do, we can only accept it.
Duet 24:18 Always remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God redeemed you from your slavery. That is why I have given you this command.
· There is a profundity to recognizing where you once where and how God brought you to a new place of Freedom.
· A few weeks ago we talked about the foundational aspect of having the Fear of the Lord, the respect and reverence for who He is and how He truly impacts our life. He impacts us in very real ways and compassionate ways.
REDEMPTION REVEALED (Read all 4 chapters of Ruth)
Book of Ruth – Redeemer.
· Naomi and husband Elimelech move to Moab because of a famine in Israel.
· Moab was a constant thorn in Israel’s side, not people God encouraged them to interact with.
· Naomi’s sons married Moabite women. Unfortunately her husband and both sons died in a short period of time. She was left with her daughter in laws.
· Naomi decided to return to Israel and only one of her daughter in laws committed to return with her. THIS STORY REVEALS GODS REDEMPTION IN VERY REAL WAYS.
· This book shows how God is so outside the box on His desire to bring people into His kingdom.
Ruth 1:16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.
· Ruth commits to following Naomi in an “all in” way. Redemption does come at a cost. Surrender.
· They return to Israel and Naomi instructs Ruth to gather grain in fields that are owned by Naomis relative so they can survive.
Ruth 2:3 So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech. 4 While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said. “The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied. 5 Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?” 6 And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi. 7 She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”
8 Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. 9 See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.”
· God’s redemption is an encompassing reality. He saves us and provides for us.
10 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.” 11 “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers.12 May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”
· Ruth’s heart becomes a part of her story. She is for real in her desire to support and love her mother in law.
Ruth 2:20 “May the Lord bless him!” Naomi told her daughter-in-law. “He is showing his kindness to us as well as to your dead husband. That man is one of our closest relatives, one of our family redeemers.”
21 Then Ruth said, “What’s more, Boaz even told me to come back and stay with his harvesters until the entire harvest is completed.” 22 “Good!” Naomi exclaimed. “Do as he said, my daughter. Stay with his young women right through the whole harvest. You might be harassed in other fields, but you’ll be safe with him.”
· This is significant, because harassed isn’t maybe mean words being said, it was possibility of abuse of every kind.
· Naomi then instructs Ruth to visit Boaz one night to offer herself as a possible bride. Which was unorthodox considering she was from Moab.
Ruth 3:10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter!” Boaz exclaimed. “You are showing even more family loyalty now than you did before, for you have not gone after a younger man, whether rich or poor. 11 Now don’t worry about a thing, my daughter. I will do what is necessary, for everyone in town knows you are a virtuous woman.
· Boaz recognizes Ruth’s heart and the kind of person she is and responds favorably. In order to move forward he must acquire Naomi’s husbands property and family rights.
Ruth 4:7 Now in those days it was the custom in Israel for anyone transferring a right of purchase to remove his sandal and hand it to the other party. This publicly validated the transaction. 8 So the other family redeemer drew off his sandal as he said to Boaz, “You buy the land.” 9 Then Boaz said to the elders and to the crowd standing around, “You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon.
10 And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the family name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today.”
· Boaz becomes Ruth’s Family Redeemer or Kinsman Redeemer.
· The kinsman-redeemer is a male relative who, according to various laws of the Pentateuch, had the privilege or responsibility to act on behalf of a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need. The Hebrew term (go el) for kinsman-redeemer designates one who delivers or rescues or redeems property or person.
· This book specifically points to Christ as Israel’s Redeemer. Israel being part of Christs family and because of Christ our acceptance of His work on the cross brings us into His family.
· Ruth gave birth to Obed who was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
· David of course became one of the main characters of scripture and in the lineage of Christ.
· AMAZING. God purposely used an outsider as part of the family line that led to the birth of Christ. God is inclusive, merciful, gracious, compassionate. But to embrace His redemption we must realize HE is the truth, way and the life, not us.
REDEMPTION IS GOD’S HEART
Psalm 49:15 But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of the grave.
Isaiah 48:17 This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.
Luke 1:68 “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people.
Psalm 103:10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. 13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. 15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. 16 The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here. 17 But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him.