Have you ever heard a powerful preacher who eventually was exposed in fornication or some other sin? You knew the person was a powerful preacher, even under the power of God, he was speaking according to the power of God. It wasn’t false. And you’re so confused how can such a one ended up in such a gross and evil sin. But today we have the answer for you as we conclude the wonderful book of Ruth.
Ruth (Program #5) – Boaz and Ruth Typifying Christ and the Church
Romans 7:1-4 say,
1 Or are you ignorant, brothers (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law lords it over the man as long as he lives?
2 For the married woman is bound by the law to her husband while he is living; but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law regarding the husband.
3 So then if, while the husband is living, she is joined to another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man.
4 So then, my brothers, you also a have been made dead to the law through the body of Christ so that you might be joined to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit to God.
This is the New Testament truth and now in the book of Ruth we are going to see an Old Testament picture that it helps us to explain what is the real meaning of these verses who is the old husband and who is the new husband and how is that we who are believers in Christ had been freed from any obligation to our old husband so that we can be joined to Christ our new husband and bear fruit for the fulfillment of God’s purpose.
Ruth (Program #4) – Ruth’s Reward for God’s Economy
This a very aromatic portion of the Bible, a very sweet, pleasant portion of the scripture. The subject is the matter that Ruth’s reward for God’s economy.
A review of how Ruth made a choice for a goal and she exercise a right to enjoy the rich land which is a picture of Christ. In this program we are going to see that Ruth is a real seeker after God and she eventually gain what she has sought after. She chose a goal and she exercise her right and she sought for her husband in a home as a resting place.
In Ruth chapter 1, Ruth made a strong decision to follow Naomi back to the good land. And this typifies our decision to receive Christ. Today in the life study of Ruth, we are going to see that is not enough, we also need to enjoy Christ as typified by the gleanings that Ruth did from the Boaz’s field. And we also need to enter in to a marriage with Christ as typifies by Ruth marrying Boaz.
The book of Ruth is a rare delight. It’s the sweet love story of a girl with a dark background but who through the mercy of Jehovah and through her own strong choice found a way to join herself to God, to His people and to His move on the earth. In the process she even found a marvelous husband, a provider. But more than just the stuff of great stories are made up, the book of Ruth shows us much about ourselves and the full salvation that God is providing us and how we too can exercise to choose what He is offering to gain access to the rich inheritance that God desires all of His children to share.
The book of Judges is one of the most difficult in the Bible, it’s difficult because it records the history of Israel during one of its’ most miserable periods. Israel has forsaken God as her king, as her husband and every man had gone away doing what was right in his own eyes. The account of the loses and their battles against their enemies and the deplorable degradation of the people of God is quite depressing.
But following Judges comes one of the most sweetest and most lovely book of the Bible, the short book of Ruth. People had always love the story through the ages, but just as the deplorable account in Judges has an intrinsic message to us as God’s people today so does the book of Ruth. For in this book we see in type, the incarnation of the redeeming Christ and the sinners choosing to join herself to her redeemer and His people resulting in her receiving the full inheritance of God’s people and eventually becoming an important person in the accomplishment of God’s purpose.