Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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The World Waits!



Galatians 4:4  But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.



Meditate on God Word  The political climate before Jesus was born was much like today, political anger and strife ruled the day in the land of Palestine.  The Jewish nation was under the control of the Roman Empire and the nation awaited the long predicted Messiah who would free His people from their bondage. The bondage that God was about to deliver His people from wasn’t from an occupying army but from the bondage of the darkness of sin that lives within every man and woman.  And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:3-5

People then as now were looking to be freed from an outside force that was oppressing them. God knew then as now the only freedom within man comes from experiencing the true freedom when a person knows they are forgiven and accepted by God. This only happens when a person realizes they need a Savior because of all their own effort will always fall short of God’s law. The moment of true freedom comes when a person accepts God’s way and stops trying to justify themselves before God. It is at that moment that you are adopted into the family of God.  And because we  are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. Galatians 4:6-7 The time in history, then as now is to redeem the hearts and lives of men and women around the world. Jesus came for this very purpose, to redeem the world but also to redeem you.


Let God’s Spirit speak to you and free you to experience the love and peace of God that only God can give. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Galatians 4:4-5 Let today be your day of redemption!

Monday, December 11, 2017

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God Blesses Naomi & Ruth & You!



Ruth 4:17  The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!”



Meditate on God Word  Naomi had lost a husband and two sons and was left with one daughter in law who refused to leave her. She was preparing to die a broken widow. Ruth’s love and Boaz’s compassion, both driven by loyalty and obedience.to God and God’s Word. God showed both Naomi and Ruth that His provisions are more than we can imagine or see with our human eyes.   Then the women of the town said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has now provided a redeemer for your family! May this child be famous in Israel. 15 May he restore your youth and care for you in your old age. For he is the son of your daughter-in-law who loves you and has been better to you than seven sons!” Ruth 4:14-15


God blesses Ruth for her faithfulness and Naomi becomes like a mother to this new baby boy.  Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. 17 The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. Ruth 4:16-17 The story of Ruth began in loss, sadness and tragedy and ends with joy unspeakable and the promise of God’s Redeemer coming to Israel through a most unlikely person, Ruth the Moabite. The Lord has honored me, and my God has given me strength. He says, “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” The Lord, the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel, says to the one who is despised and rejected by the nations, to the one who is the servant of rulers: “Kings will stand at attention when you pass by. Princes will also bow low because of the Lord, the faithful one, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”  Isaiah 49:5-7



We are all like Ruth and Naomi and that is why Jesus came to this Earth, to redeem us all, regardless of race, color or creed. Jesus is reaching out to you today!  But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Boaz Obeys God's Word!



Ruth 4:9  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. 


Meditate on God Word  We do not always see the benefit or value of obeying God’s Word in our lives. Boaz knew the law of redemption that God had established in the law of Leviticus and obeyed. He could have, as others did, ignore it. 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.” Ruth 4:10

Because of Boaz’s obedience God blessed his decision to protect Naomi and Ruth and God continued His promise to send a redeemer and to bless all nations made to Abraham. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 Now Boaz and Ruth has a child who grandson named King David would one day rule Israel and who God would establish His  covenant with David, from whom the long awaited Messiah would come. Naomi took the baby and cuddled him to her breast. And she cared for him as if he were her own. 17 The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David. Ruth 4:16-17

God’s amazing promise made to redeem mankind in Genesis 3 is kept alive through an unlike Moabite woman named Ruth and her Jewish husband named Boaz because both obeyed God’s Word. Decide to do good and the right thing according to God’s Word and watch what God will do in your life.  Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! 34 For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice?  35 And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. Romans 11:34-36


Saturday, December 9, 2017

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God Redeems Ruth!


Ruth 4:6  And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”



Meditate on God Word  Boaz does everything according to God’s law and Ruth does everything to honor Naomi and this pleases and honors God.  Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lordrejoice in his presence! Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. Psalm 68:4-5 So the moment of truth arrives  And he said, “I will redeem it.” Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.” And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” Ruth 4:4-6


Then Boaz boldly announces to the entire village and elders his plan of redemption.  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.” Ruth 4:9-10


Boaz redeemed Ruth as God has redeemed you, if you accept His plan for your life.  “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.21 Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:20-21 Will you let Jesus redeem you today?



Friday, December 8, 2017

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Boaz Plans to Redeem Ruth!


Ruth 3:13 But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.”


Meditate on God Word  Boaz plans to redeem Ruth but realizes that there is one other family member who has an obligation to Naomi and Ruth. But while it’s true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. 13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, very well. Let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.” Ruth 3:12-13

Ruth spends the night at Boaz’s feet and in the morning returns to Naomi.   When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “Is that you, my daughter?” Then she told her all that the man had done for her. 17 And she said, “These six ephahs of barley he gave me; for he said to me, ‘Do not go empty-handed to your mother-in-law.’” 18 Then she said, “Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out; for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day.” Ruth 3:16-18 Now Elimelech, Naomi’s first relative is given the chance to redeem the land. And he said, “I will redeem it.” Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.” And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.” Ruth 4:4-6


After realizing he would also have to redeem Ruth, he decides to give up the right of redemption to Boaz. God is about to reveal His most wonderful plan to a most unlikely person, a Moabites named Ruth. The fingerprints of God’s grace woven throughout the Bible.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 Wait and trust in God to do what only God can do!

Thursday, December 7, 2017


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God’s Plan of Redemption!


Ruth 2:20  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.”


Meditate on God’s Word  Naomi and Ruth had no hope as they had lost everything. God’s plan of redemption was just about to begin. So Ruth continued to work. 23 So Ruth worked alongside the women in Boaz’s fields and gathered grain with them until the end of the barley harvest. Then she continued working with them through the wheat harvest in early summer. And all the while she lived with her mother-in-law. Ruth 2:23 Naomi now sees God’s hand was beginning to take form in their life. One day Naomi said to Ruth, “My daughter, it’s time that I found a permanent home for you, so that you will be provided for. Boaz is a close relative of ours, and he’s been very kind by letting you gather grain with his young women. Tonight he will be winnowing barley at the threshing floor. Now do as I tell you—take a bath and put on perfume and dress in your nicest clothes. Then go to the threshing floor, but don’t let Boaz see you until he has finished eating and drinking. Ruth 3:1-3


Boaz know the Old Testament law and the provisions made for the wife of a Jewish man who dies and the responsibility for the next of kin to step in to help.  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. 12 But while it’s true that I am one of your family redeemers, there is another man who is more closely related to you than I am. 13 Stay here tonight, and in the morning I will talk to him. If he is willing to redeem you, very well. Let him marry you. But if he is not willing, then as surely as the Lord lives, I will redeem you myself! Now lie down here until morning.” Ruth 3:11-13



What was about to happen is one of most unlikely instances in the history of the Bible of God’s grace being extended to all who earnestly seek Him. God is in the business of redemption through Jesus, will you hear His voice today?  Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. Isaiah 55:6-7 Will you come?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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Boaz Shows Ruth Favor!


Ruth 2:15  When Ruth went back to work again, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her gather grain right among the sheaves without stopping her.


Meditate on God’s Word  Ruth’s behavior, treatment and love for her mother in law is noticed by God, the people and God’s messenger, Boaz. When Ruth went back to work again, Boaz ordered his young men, “Let her gather grain right among the sheaves without stopping her.16 And pull out some heads of barley from the bundles and drop them on purpose for her. Let her pick them up, and don’t give her a hard time!” Ruth 2:15-16 Ruth is overwhelmed and returns to Naomi with all that she has gleaned. So Ruth gathered barley there all day, and when she beat out the grain that evening, it filled an entire basket. 18 She carried it back into town and showed it to her mother-in-law. Ruth also gave her the roasted grain that was left over from her meal. 19 “Where did you gather all this grain today?” Naomi asked. “Where did you work? May the Lord bless the one who helped you!” Ruth 2:17-19

Naomi was also shocked but begins to see the hand of God on their lives. So Ruth told her mother-in-law about the man in whose field she had worked. She said, “The man I worked with today is named Boaz.” 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.” Ruth 2:20-22


Ruth finally sees God’s hand following her and her husband’s relatives are about to begin the redemption process, according to Jewish law. Whether or not you can see it, God is beginning a series of steps and circumstances to bring you to the place where God can use you in your life and with the other people He has put in your life. Yes, God can and will move in your life as you humble yourself to His will. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. James 4:10