Despite the kindness of Boaz, Naomi and Ruth are still in a desperate situation. Elimelech’s land in Bethlehem will have to be sold because there’s no one to inherit or work it. The reality is these women face poverty. But Naomi has a plan…
She knows that God’s law is there to provide and rescue a family in her situation.
For this plan to work it will involve Ruth getting married again. However, it was not without risk or danger. As we read through Ruth 3 we will discover that God is still at work even in risky situation.
Whether you like it or not – we face risk. You can’t avoid risk even if you want to. All of our plans for tomorrow’s activities can be shattered by a thousand unknowns. However, it is good to take risks for the cause of God.
God loves the mission battle cry of William Carey: “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.”
Or Jim Elliot who went as a missionary deep into the Ecuador’s rain forest and along with four other men, where they were martyred for serving Jesus. Listen to what he said “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose”.
How will things work out for Ruth?
We are continuing with the third part of our series on Ruth this week.
Ruth goes back to Naomi and describes how she has been wonderfully treated and cared for in Bethlehem.
As Ruth shares her experiences we see the key theme of the book of Ruth coming through – a theme of loving kindness, the “promise-keeping love” of God, who is faithful and trustworthy in every way.
The implication of this is that this characteristic of God is reflected through His people. People like you…
We can only live like this if you really know God as a generous God, a God who loves to bless people. Boaz models this, and his actions come as a response to knowing God and his word.
Deuteronomy 10 v 17-19 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
This Sunday afternoon we are going to be talking about our vision, mission and values.
We want to be Christ Centred Church which is outward looking, generous, creative, growing, and welcoming.