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March 3, 2021 6:00 am
The women were that's not said all of this, Rahab, Bruce and Queen of Sheba were unattractive again.
I just this is not enough for the writer evidently pointed out. So when Peter says, rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a genuinely quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of the Lord. What was precious in the sight of Boaz and precious in our site to an Peter Joe any season and its goods logged. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Ruth. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching. Now here's Pastor Ricky and Ruth chapter 1 with a continuing message called Boaz and Ruth. There are a lot of godly people in Bethlehem at this time in her history, their budgets back and forth but right now it's pretty good. When Naomi and Ruth returned it well when Naomi returns with Ruth, the Bethlehem, the women agreed her amine in the digital and this is Naomi, and they were just so happy to see her then hear these godly workers there's the kind taskmaster who is the foreman and he lets Ruth come and glean and lets her rest in the house would get that in a moment.
This Boaz himself and then at the end of the story there. The women who bless Naomi when when Ruth has Obed gives birth old bed. The women say to her very lovingly say told you God's good him it's just a very good story verse five and Boaz said to his servant, who was in charge of the city was Irvin who was in charge of the reapers because young woman is this the equivalent is who's the new person's new guy on the job. In this case the gal. It is a routine inquiry at this point there's an unfamiliar face. He knows who the village reapers are and he doesn't recognize this one. Clearly she's not dressed in Moabite garb or has any signatures that would alert him to that she's not Jewish but the women they were subjected to a male covering and that's why he says who's woman is this is theirs has to be a male over. Ideally of course she's connected to the two Naomi to the house of a limb electing and visitors history there Paul when he writes to the Corinthians. He's got a lot of this Jewish culture in mind many times and him.
He makes the statements to churches and Christians that we struggle with because with that we remove Ender's time Alfred eat his life and times G Jesus the Messiah and other writings, you know, he just gets into this very detail if you can stand it and you have the time, is a blessing, but he opens a lot of these these difficult passages that will infringe as we read Paul says I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of every woman is man of the head of woman, not everyone the head of woman is man in the head of Christ is God, there's that the chain of command and send as a covering disorder that we follow because the churches is largely modeled after the Jewish synagogues in the synagogues of course were attached to the model of the temple and and Paul is preserving what is good and he does it. In these ways and listen we have a structure in the church were we start moving outside that structure we lose the definition of the role of the man. The role of the woman when he gets upside down.
It just gets getting worse, like $11 and look at the society today.
I saw someone walking in my neighborhood of the deck and tell the poor girl about my height. I wasn't like that when I grew up, and if it was you knew was wrong you know someone who is that the guy trying to look like a girl and that wasn't right, but nowadays it's I don't know. Maybe some of you will proceed to so accustomed to you what you talking about. Roles are important and cure what university say what the culture says I thumb my nose at their bed doctrines. Anyhow, I don't believe the story is introducing a romantic attraction at this point, I think he is just asking who is she, because he is a rich man and if he wants shallow beauty. He has a better chance of finding that and then not rich people in and that was the way it was in those days if you could afford to buy beauty you you would you would do it and was as far as men go, there are downsides to this male dominated environment also Decided that a verse six.
So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, it is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. Ruth had no idea that talking about she's trying to pick up grain and just just working hard and here they are discussing her.
She is being faithful with the little big things like grace, she is the breadwinner for the home she's going to take the screen back for her and Naomi got it from there. She was the kind one God blessed her for her kindness just one of the great lessons of this book. Naomi's kind Ruth was the sky.
Naomi Boaz is kind of Naomi and Bobby everybody's happy. It is like the letter of the Philippians in the New Testament. This book of Ruth. You know it is there. It is nestled between you and all judges in first Samuel tough books as far as our life was in the name of the Lord will sing Boaz again being faithful to God and his word not chasing the stranger out taking care of the widow and the poor.
He is being an honorable man. Both of them are honorable and we read the young Moabite woman came back with Naomi. Word got around quickly now. Boaz knew the story he did not know face. Now the face is been put on the story and the mention of Naomi's name again switches it all up for Boaz Ruth.
He knew look out for Naomi Woodell for widow look out for each other and it registered deeply with this man. Maybe he himself was a widow is an older man that comes out in the story to will and on writing these promises will get to these we will just you won't remember we are, nor will I buy verse 11 will get to that, where he this registers very deeply in a sort of snowballs with him. If he starts showing kindness to hernia. He can't stop.
It's not that bad. I don't want to smudge it in verse seven and she said now that the foreman is telling Boaz what the exchange he had earlier with Ruth and she said please let me clean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves. So she came and has continued from morning until now, though, she rested a little in the house. The house was a hut not there out in the fields additional houses. These huts that the they have a we have them to. We put up tents gazebo like things anyway. The servant is gentleman. You know he's not evidenced anything against her or your Moabite ROK would stay 50 feet away from everybody and I didn't do any of that. Evidently, stuff like that took place because Boaz is going lay down some laws.
All he has to do is say at one time kind of tell us about his authority in that area of the world. And so here she is at the bottom of the food chain.
She said where she says please let me clean.
She was exercising her liver. Her rights from recorded in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, and she continued, he says from morning until now, except for the rest of she was hard-working, but she was wise enough to pace herself and will not overdo it and faint out in the field.
Verse eight. Then Boaz said to Ruth you will listen. My daughter will you not do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here. But stay close to my young women.
Boaz says to Ruth. Now is the first exchange we talked about how many died how much dialogue takes place in this book and it is here. These two finally have contact with it with each other. He is much of a powerful man is he is he he initiates that she doesn't delegated he will delegate Buddy's direct contact.
This is a quite honorable.
She would never have approached him. That would've been a no don't do that someone be too ignorant to pick up on his kindness. She is not going to be that person say that because there are many people that you give them grace and they just don't get or they get. It is don't care they going to be mean and nasty no matter what you do for them.
Isaiah text tells about this he says let grace be shown to the wicked and yet will not learn righteousness in the land of uprightness. He will deal unjustly and will not behold the majesty of Yahweh. Now, Isaiah was a man he was a very knowledgeable man you read Isaiah's writing funnies poetic. He gets into geographies, travel diseases, sharp guy and this of course stood out to him because you would understand. He had to deal with people that he was nice to and they didn't appreciate it because Jesus gives us instructions on these things anyway.
He knows Boaz does that there is a need in Naomi whose family to him and also the need for Ruth so he has decided he he has the means to protect and to provide an because because of life because what life is done to these two women and Ruth will become the center of his grace. I mean, was we go on his is lavishing this you know or care for her. You will listen.
My daughter will you not in so here gently speaking to her as though he is considerably older. Now he was a year to all that would be a right to imagine going to somebody that's just a couple years old and younger than you and referring to them as your child. You'd be kind of annoyed eat. That's 11 stickers is not stated but he is considerably older maybe older to be her dad. Thus the my daughter. He will also later save the applaud her caring for him over the younger men but knowing the kind of woman she is.
Even with this small by cloud of suspicion dangling over her wherever she goes. He is doing everything he can to do the protection and give the provisions that that is needed apparently motivated at this point, solely by Ruth because he says later it has been fully reported to me. In other words, it wasn't a casual story SS that's Ruth, she sees with Naomi now is more than that. Probably more than we were reading about in the book and you knows what care she showed on the trip from Moab back to Bethlehem and the dead, registered, registered, and he seems to fall in love with her. Later, as I mentioned, but at this point he's just determined to be there. He continues to not go to glean another field nor go up from here but stay close to my young women.
Jesus matches this he says don't be caught in another faith you stay close to my people. That's what acts 242 is a continued steadfastly in the.apostles doctrine fellowship, prayer, communion. There don't be caught another field stay with the apostles bungalow drifting out. This is where you are safe. This is the best place to be.
You will listen. Don't get caught with shallow people and be sucked under in the undertow. We need you to know Ruth, where it is safe where it is best for you. We need you crisptender know where it is safe for you where it is best for you. Naomi will tell Ruth the same thing at the end of this chapter when when Ruth tells a story. She was a difficult to because anybody else's. Build your again Naomi. She's a sharp cookie verse nine let your eyes be on the field. Boaz still speak speaking which they reap and go after them have I not commanded the young men not to touch you and when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn don't be lured away. He knows what he's doing is a man of distinction.
He knows he can distinguish what's right what's wrong, what's up, how good for what's bad for any dozen my without giving her details is a you just do what I said there must've been something in his eyes and his tone made her say pass. Thank you Lord. Her safety was first in her needs were next right behind him. Having our command of the young men not to touch you hands off Ruth or else he only had to say that once he puts protection wall of protection around this vulnerable child. This young woman verse 10 everybody of more choices. Listen, you get thirsty, get just stopped itself water anybody messes with you.
I kill him go that far, but is just a note, I want you comfortably not done verse 10, so she fell on her face. That doesn't mean she collapsed in herself bow down to the ground and said to him, why have I found favor in your eyes that you should take notice of me since I am a foreigner not remember he's rich doesn't need Ruth if it was romance that he was after. Didn't you go up on his level glutton of town or something and find a wife and is important because the inner beauty of Ruth is really what changes everything.
Would Boaz and that's the biblical one of the great lessons from the book. Instantly she is overwhelmed by his overwhelming kindness. This is not like a lioness overwhelming causing overwhelming and sharpening. I got your bizarre got away. This is to nice people just get them together. Said to him, why have I found favor in your eyes that you should take notice of me since I am a foreigner. Of course she should ask this question because is easy being extraordinarily kind to her and you know God first endured Ruth to Naomi Naomi to Ruth. Now he's going to see slowly endearing Ruth to Boaz and without strings alter her benefit.
The beauty of her kindness was unmistakable and I think it moved him as a righteous man.
Now back to a cover this beauty one more time. We don't get to it again until we get to Esther the woman of great pulchritude and regional that had he thought her attractive. He would not have have asked whose woman is she and get the story like it. I don't think history would've unfolded. I think the Bible would've said right out. She was a beautiful woman because when the other women in the Bible are explicitly said to have been beautiful. It is part of the story.
For instance, Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, Vashti Vashti was so beautiful to examine the range to which she said over my dead body. But bottom line is you love nasty 20 okay and of course it worked well for her but didn't want to Betty that she still plugged in, because he had children with him and then she wouldn't be no scent banished to two room in a McDonald's or something. She was fine. Anyway, Vashti Esther Abigail Bathsheba Tama are all of them and it explicitly said beautiful woman. The women were that's not said this, Rahab, Ruth, and the Queen of Sheba. Not that there were unattractive again. It is that this is the of them is not enough for the writer evidently pointed out, and so when Peter says, rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a genuine and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of the Lord. What was precious in the sight of Boaz and precious in our site to impede or to any season and its goods logged out about the men and not all handsome.
I left myself over that one, but would just move on. That's why you don't have a microphone. Boaz is not said to be handsome.
Some men were Joseph was said to be handsome David when he was young maybe agreed up a little bit will return to it. King Saul was said to be handsome head and shoulders above everybody else didn't work in his favor.
Absalom, of course, heavy hair apps along is why you know I have known the brush since the 1970s and anyhow in the beloved. In the song of Solomon was said to be handsome so that the outside appearance. You know is this is that when I want to use the role of the dice is on condoning that but it is really out of our control and I think that other would've sort of been would've taken away from the story if you think about if Ruth was beautiful and that's why Boaz was doing what he was doing.
That's not what was happening again. It is a mean she was you know him compulsively be like that of the you know you the young men would just a regular person on the outside but on the inside. She is a superhero verse 11.
Boaz answered and said to her, it has been fully reported to me all that you've done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband and how you have left your father and your mother in the land of your birth and have come to a people whom you did not know before going to go on all that you were a Boaz answered and said to her, it has been fully reported commented on that. The details were given to him I would do when you love to get a picture of him, listening as the stories being told. You know Naomi's back. Yes, you know, she brought her daughter, Laura, Ruth, I did not know that. Did you know she was a Moabitess know you know Naomi's husband died I knew that.
Did you know Ruth's husband died 12 man this is not good. We got two new windows in town and then the story continues and ruthlessness and ruthless data.
Naomi and Ruth and Nick, and in this case just like wow essay goes on about his business he shows up to work and lose this. This is Ruth.
She's with Naomi. All lights turn on and I think it was even with emotional bonhomie because of crying or they just could feel like madness. Okay, that's a put a face with the action now verse 12 he says that he's continuing. Now he says Yahweh repay your work and a full reward be given you by Yahweh God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge so he now praying for is a matter of prayer Yahweh be with you.
God bless you Yahweh bless you and now he's he knowing that he's he's talking Ernie says Yahweh repay your work. Imagine going to get a job and you're talking with the person design he hires you and comes back to the warehouse where you are in, as he is talking to you as I have. I know some things about you and just I just want God to bless you big how rare that is seeing her loyalty to Ruth and that she was a believer.
As we read in chapter 1 in verse 16.
Your God will be my God, and here you know she's living that way.
He says a full reward be given to you by Yahweh that God would fully bless her for her grace that he would be gracious to the gracious and then he says, under whose wings you have come to metaphorical Old Testament pictures, one from the past of this present moment and one in the future is probably born out of this moment earlier in Exodus 37 verse nine we read about always read it. The cherubim is over, the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat you had the ark which is the chest. He had the mercy seat which was delayed and then you had the cherubim on top with their wings out and there we read the cherubim spread out their wings above and covered the Mercy seat with their wings they face one another. The faces of the cherubim were toward the mercy seat so the emphasis is not on the cherubim, but it is on God's mysterious creatures sort of being amazed at the mercy of God on behalf of sinners is so sort of a word picture and that this was the ark of the covenant, and so when this this phrase, whose wings you come under the mercy of God is this for refuge will you get refuge when someone gives mercy for us. There's no near refugees are looking for someone to not treat them like foreigners, but to bring them in and keep them safe from what they're running from and so here there's that Old Testament metaphor is shown up in the days of Moses and now here later. The psalmist will continue this Psalm 91, he shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge. This truth shall be your shield and your buckler and so they're the psalmist that you will Psalm 91. One of the greatest of them all. There there. The wings show up again.
She will repeat these words to him. Ruth chapter 3 verse nine and he said who are you so she answered I am Ruth, your maidservant take your maidservant under your wing for you are a close relative.
She's like Esther Esther did everything she was told when Mordechai heard her guardian cousin Mordechai or Haggai. The chief of UNIX in the palace when they told Nestor to do something genetic and because she was submitted to the right people is unstoppable jewelry to the throne as the Queen thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of cross-reference is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference radio.com. There you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.
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