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Under His Wings

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November 30, 2020 1:00 am

Under His Wings

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If you would please open up your Bibles along with me to Ruth chapter 2. I'm reading from the NIV version. I'll read out loud and then pray appreciate your patience while you stand for the whole chapter now Naomi had a relative on her husband side from the clan of the limb elect a man of standing whose name was Boaz and Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor. Naomi said her go-ahead.

My daughter, so she went out and began to glean in the fields behind the harvesters as it turned out she found herself working in the field belonging to Boaz was from the clan developed limb elect.

Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters the Lord be with you. The Lord bless you. They called back Boaz as the foreman of the harvesters whose young woman is that the foreman replied she's the Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said please let me glean and gather among the she's behind the harvesters. She went into the field and is worked steadily from morning till now, except for short rest in the shelter.

So Boaz said to Ruth my daughter listen to me. Don't go in glean in another field and don't go away from here stay here with my servant girls watch the field where the men are harvesting and follow long after the girls I've told the men not to touch you and whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars.

The minute filled at this she bowed down with her face to the ground. She exclaimed, why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me a foreigner. Boaz replied I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband how you left your father and mother in your homeland, and came to live with the people you did not know before May the Lord repay you what you up for what you have done may you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge now continue to find favor in your eyes. My Lord, she said, you have given me comfort and have spoken kindly to your servant who I do not have the standing of one of your servant girls and meal time, Boaz said to her, come over here have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar when she sat down with the harvesters. She offered her some.

He offered her some roasted grain. She ate all she wanted and had some left over as she got up to glean, Boaz ordered his men, even if she gathers among the sheaves don't bat and barrister rather pull out some stocks for her from the bundles and leaving for the her to pick up and don't rebuke her.

So Ruth gleamed in the field until evening. Then she thresh the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an e-file which for us is about 65 pounds she carried it back to town and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough. Her mother-in-law asked her where did you glean today where did you work blessed be the man who took notice of you then wrote Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one in whose place she had been working the name of the man I worked with today is Boaz. She said the Lord blessed Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. He is not stop showing kindness to the living, and to the dead. She added that man is our close relative. He is one of our kinsman redeemer's then Ruth the Moabitess said he even said to me stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all migraine.

Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, it is good for you my daughter to go with his girls because in someone else's field, you might be harmed.

So Ruth stayed close to the suit servant girls to glean until the barley and the wheat harvest were finished and she lived with her mother-in-law maybe seated. Let us pray dear my father were thankful for your word and how it truly does give us encouragement in this day in this age and all the troubles and the trials of life and all that were going through. Here in America. Father went not only the coven but now with the selection and postelection blues. Not knowing what the future holds for us. Lord, we thank you for your word that it encourages us to to look to you a pray father that even now that we would find refuge in you that we would be able to cast our cares upon you that you would shows through the power of your Holy Spirit, not only your love and your care for us father, but your blessing in Christ. We pray father that your Holy Spirit would work through may be poured out through me and that father we would all be filled up that we would go forth and glorify you and be lights in salt in a dark world offering hope and to those who are despairing and we pray this in Jesus name, amen. Well is been here hello hello been counting with great expectation or not, but is been a year since I preached I Ruth one actually been every year and so I think it only appropriate that I follow through with Ruth to them.

Then all the way over here. I was thinking to myself out loud without Toledo that will you know you never know God providentially could orchestrated this covariate in this election and everything. This we been going through just so I could come and preach Ruth to now to the people they need to hear this and God provided these wonderful old circumstances in which were in for us to be blessed by his word that may be true, but for what it's worth.

A lot happened in our lives.

A lot happened that we never could've predicted for many of us, it's been a roller coaster whether we are concerned about the coven weather we've had the coven weather we had no someone who's had it and has been healed of it. Just recently someone within the church actually passed away, or someone who was attended the church been involved with the church is passed away so it's been tragic. It's been a season of isolation. We been cooped up in our homes with our kids and a lot of them have not been able to go to school they been homeschooled without being able to get out and socialize and relationships have been hurt our families and our social lives have been hurt.

They been stifled so we might be asking ourselves questions why is this happening and what is going to happen, we need to remember that when you ask questions about the future. We need to learn to love leave the conclusions up to the Lord, lest we be like Doug preach solid indoor who wouldn't look for an answer in the wrong place were not always going be promised an answer, but we are promised that the Lord cares for us and is looking out for us, so that might give us a little bit of first frustration that we don't have an immediate answer.

We really don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. What's gonna happen on December 15 was gonna happen next week is the church to be up and we don't know what the Gov.'s gonna do we we have so much up in the air. So since we followed this year. Pre-election rallies and now are waiting for a final decision. We shouldn't fret.

We should look to the Lord. The book of Ruth is an encouraging word to us.

It reminds us that God is in control of all events that come to pass events that are presently going on and even future lookover the relet the election and even our future. Everything that comes to passes in accordance to his will and to the praise of his glory and to his wisdom is power, justice, goodness and mercy in the book of Ruth were reminded how God is desired.

It did end is working and turning all things, not only for his glory but are good in chapter 2 we pick up following chapter 1's tragedy.

The story of Naomi and we learn how God cares for those who put his their trust in him.

We state that again if you go away from here with anything concerning Ruth chapter 2 is God cares for those who puts their trust in him.

The first point about three God is guiding our lives.

God cares for our lives, and God is going to bless us under this first point of our text I want you to realize that there is a basic outline and are in the structure of the text that I'm following and I want you to be old to follow to.

So if you close your Bibles open them up and follow along with me. We have the first prick appear the first point comes from verses one through three and that's essentially Ruth going out to work in the field. Beginning in verse four, all the way through verse 17 we have this exchange between Boaz and Ruth. So that's our second point were going to see how God cares for us through this interaction and then third put point from verses 18 through 23 were going to see how God blesses us, particularly in Christ is this outline within and from the text that we see that not only is God providentially leading and guiding us through the of the events in our day-to-day lives, but he's with us and he's gonna turn everything for our good. Even though the future looks grim. Back in chapter 1 last year as a law not unlike and spent too much time here.

I'll try and limit myself but last year in chapter 1 we solve three things. Essentially, we saw that there was a tragedy where a liminal lack during a famine is, is this all happened during the book of Judges there was a famine in the land because the people had intermarried with the people of the land they were supposed to conquer and destroy an holy war, but they felt sorry for them so they intermarried with them, which was a sense of God brought online trials and tribulations. Sometimes he brought into the Assyrians are other people to come and to harass them, so to speak, to persecute them to hold them accountable so that they would cry out to God for help in doing that he would send them a judge to rescue them close during the time of famine in the and Judaica in Bethlehem. Specifically, that this all began to occur, so a little like a man of wealth. He went down to Moab. As I going down to South Carolina is only about 30 or 40 miles south and and East, but he decided well I'm a man of means I can probably avoid this famine and we can go live in plenty and my family can be taken care of and that might for us to be a good decision to make but it's avoiding what God is trying to teach his people that they were in sin by engaging in and marrying and compromising his word with the people around them.

As a result. As soon as they arrived, a liminal leg dies so begins the tragedy of Naomi's life and if you left chapter 1 just in isolation which it was pretty hard to preach, primarily because it was just a tragedy. It was a life of suffering for Naomi that she did come back with Ruth but not only after a little like passes away her two sons passed away as well and so as a result, her whole family. Her husband and her two sons passed away in all she is left with is these two daughters in law in a foreign land.

Just about that time. It turns out that the famine is over with. Given 10.15 to 20 years later the famine is over with and she's lost her family. So what is she decide to do. She decides to go back home Bethlehem that where there was once no bread is a Bethlehem, means house of bread is now abundant. The harvest is ready to be picked so she packed her bags and takes her daughters-in-law with her and they based the they take off to head back to Bethlehem, but on the way she realizes that you maybe this not be a good thing for work and for Ruth. So girls she says one shall go back home because you really deserve to have husbands and have families and I appreciate all that you've done for me and look in verse eight, chapter 1 verse eight it very particularly, it says here I'll go back each of you to your mother's home.

May the Lord show kindness to you as you have shown to the your dead and to me she really has an intent and a desire to see the girls do well, but following her what wasn't going to be most likely a good thing because she felt like the Lord was unfortunately doing this to her and it brought these trials upon her and made her life very bitter.

She said here in verse 13 know my daughters.

It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord's hand has gone out against me.

Chapter 1 so she thinks and she understands that that Yahweh is is the Lord God, but she doesn't understand why these things are happening and she feels like everything that she is loved and cherished is been taken away for her. One whose name means pleasant is now been made bitter. Her name is Mara. We can probably relate to her and having those things that we been trust and trusting and possibly our physical health are finances and things like that be in and check during this past year. We don't know what the future holds.

In fact confirmed for either one. We don't know what our economies can hold. We don't know who's gonna be the president and what road of democracy we might go down. We don't know what's can happen for our children so we can easily relate to her tragedy, but it doesn't stop there. When she returns what when she's leaving, she compels or pretty go back but she gets Ruth or Ruth makes this commitment to her and this is very important for us to see. Verse 16 chapter 1 Ruth replied don't urge me to leave you were to turn back from you, where you go I will go where you stay I will stay.

Your people will be my people and your God will be my God, where you die I will die, and there will be buried. May the Lord deal with me ever so severely if anything but death separates you and me. What she did was call down a curse upon herself is called a curse of self malediction. We think of a benediction.

We are the ministers pronounce the benediction is a blessing upon the people after the service of worship that you might go out and glorify Christ in and trust him and walk in the spirit. This is a curse, she called down upon herself. She's essentially saying, may I be cursed if I don't keep this oath taught take care of Naomi and to make your God my God and your people my people, may I be cursed so a curse of self malediction that is very important to us because it doesn't mean much to her, most likely at that time. Other than that she's going to have a companion that she snapped. Take care of but were going to see how God takes that oath in chapter 2 and uses it to be a blessing for not only Naomi but for us a couple thousand years later. Our text begins then chapter 2 begins with I would say verse 22 of chapter 1.

Looking at it in your in your Bibles I think it's a text of transition, even those in chapter 1 it really does help us move into chapter 2 verse one so know it. Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning so she's on the road she's left she's arrived and now this is the context of this is the setting in which she and Ruth are arriving chapter 2 verse one begins with the word now if we were like I said earlier, if we were looking at chapter 1 is just a dark tragedy.

A dark night of the soul for Naomi that caused her to question God question his purposes in her life.

Question everything that happened up to this point. The word now is a light over the horizon of the early morning dawn. The word now is like gleaning hope of salvation.

The word now is like opening the door for us to see a glimmer of light amidst our darkness or darkness, we can see that in this word. Now Naomi had a relative for us. All the sudden things are shifting things are turning there is hope for Naomi. Look at verse one.

Now Naomi had a relative of her on her husband side of the clan of a limb like a man of standing whose name was Boaz want you to see that this particular verse is up like a parenthesis you could take it out of here and it wouldn't mean much to us, it wouldn't. You could read the rest of chapter 2 and it would it would flow just as well.

It would make the same points except that chapter 2 verse one draws our attention to turn with me to the end of chapter 2 verse 20 know this is I'll go back to this in just a minute but it says here the Lord bless him. Naomi said her daughter-in-law. He is not stop showing kindness that is Boaz of the Lord to the living and the dead. She added that man is our close relative. He is one of our kinsman redeemer's right here at the very beginning we have an insight by the author will know who the author is convinced annual written like a say during the period of the judges, but the author here is given us a parenthesis to see is like a really bright that we can see or were given a little insight into the whole purpose of the text which is really encouraging for all of us because it first when you read in the text.

It is really hard to follow the tragedy going down to to Moab. But even now we really don't know what's can happen because you have this conversation and then she goes out and works in the field, what, what's going on here with. We really don't know. But the key to unlock it.

All lights are flickering on what changes everything is that it helps us to see God's providence. What's happening here isn't just not a sequential chronological series of events. These are all planned, we can see God's hand in the introduction of Boaz looking out for Boaz say watch this is like with the authors trying to say was watch watch and see what is about to happen and that's what we need to have that anticipation in our lives today.

We don't know what's going to happen. Instead of worrying about our lives. What's can happen tomorrow we should be on the edge on the verge with great excitement. Looking forward to heavenly father in what he's going to do.

We can go back to the very beginning of time, we can say will God even before the heavens were created in Genesis 1, God had a plan.

Everything that he created was good within Adam and Eve sinned was that good.

It was even though it wasn't declared good. It was good because it was according to God's will and his plan. In fact, what we read, for those of you who don't have a copy of it Westminster confession of faith or you can open up your your hymnals to the very back of your hymnals to the shorter catechism question number you can turn in your hymnals to page 870 question number 11 what are God's works of Providence. God's works of Providence are his most holy, wise, powerful reserving and governing of all of his creatures and their actions. God has a plan for all creation from the very beginning. And as it happens, it's according to his will so that we can say if it doesn't happen.

It was according to his will. So, even things that we don't like whether it be our sin or something that affects us negatively or that we don't like someone in our family passes away. We leave will lose everything we've been putting our trust in weekend in hindsight or from a bigger perspective say God's in control. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven so we can trust him, but often times we get lost in the trees so that we can't see the forest and that's unfortunate. So it's a reminder here that when this author here is saying watch and see what God is going to do. We have an insight that God is going to bring about his will and his plan for Naomi and for Ruth through Boaz. So this word it says here is pregnant with hope this word now and so even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil for you are with us your rod and your staff they comfort us. So even though we are suffering are going through a tragedy like Naomi or some sort of trial we can find hope in the Lord is with this Ruth goes on says here in our text. She goes on to work out in the fields in verses one through three and Ruth Amo by the sender.

Naomi, let me go out and work behind anyone who happened in his eyes. I happen to find favor the Hebrew text it says oh my. NIV says as it turned out not sure what the ESV says by habit. As it turned out she found herself working in the field. Hebrew says it chance to chance, like Joseph, dreaming a dream or Daniel dreaming a dream but can't bike it Ruth Chet happens by chance she chance to chance found herself working in the field of Boaz, who was a relative which hearkens back to verse one, so all the sudden we think she just happens to go out looking for someone nice and whose feel that she can work and lo and behold whose field the chief fighters out there. Boaz is feel like from verse one. So what happens here it is not a stroke of luck, there's no such thing is not as it is. Good luck says in Proverbs 16. The lot is cast into the lab, but it's every decision is from the Lord. In Proverbs 21 verse one the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases this this word chance to chance is like rhetorical device to say that God's in charge. Nothing happens by chance or by luck or by fate.

There's a reason why she has gone out not only to work but to find yourself in this field provide for Naomi God is directing all the events right down to providing for her food, her marriage, her family, her progeny this chance by chance essentially undermines any sort of rational explanation that we would give for why things happen the way they do you ever had that happen in your life. Things happening like a man things are just fit in together. I just can't wait to see what happened next is almost like a déjà vu. And you've seen it before and you know it's good happen next. This is the way God works in our lives and it blows the rationale out of the water that we can explain why things happen.

Some things you can explain, we don't know what is going to happen, but we do know that God is guiding and is directing and he's in control even to the extent that the footsteps that Ruth takes in that we make are guided by the Lord nothing and no decision that we make is apart from his will, so the author say and say look, here's the hand of God in the details of life.

He said the families that the harvest he sent out Naomi and Ruth back. He sent Ruth to Boaz and now he's delivering Ruth on a Boaz to Ruth. We live in a time on the read this to you. This is a summer road earlier. We live in a time when the divine government of details of our lives has been lost. We hear the terms of faith luck, chance rather than the acknowledgment of God's sovereign control over the things that happens, or come to pass from believer's life is limited to a mechanical action and reaction. Anything beyond that is good luck or bad luck, but for Christians as we grow in our knowledge of God and our eyes are open to see his handiwork.

We learn about his sovereignty is sovereign power, we begin to trust how he's guiding our lives in the third no accidents or chance outcomes.

In fact, we see God's providence, not luck, directing and controlling everything that comes to pass. So therefore we begin to trust in God's providence in his plan in his sovereign will for our individual lives.

So going back to the file. There God is in control even to the point that into the future. He is working out and orchestrating all events, even as we see here in the book of Ruth.

At the very end very last chapter he's orchestrating all been so that Ruth would vary Boaz they would have a child of that would be the grandfather of King David who would ultimately reign on the throne that Christ spiritually would sit upon for God is orchestrating everything that happens.

For our good. He's a loving caring heavenly father is not abandon us so that when we look out into the world and see this craziness that's going on.

He has just rounded up and removed himself. He's hearing is with this and he's directing according to his will. He has a plan.

Second of all, God provides for those who trust in him, who are under his care. Beginning in verse verse four beginning of verse four we have essentially this interaction with Boaz and what their there's three different sections of its guide you through that verses four through seven. Is this who is Ruth's inquiry into who is this young maiden who is working in my in my fields here I will really know why some people assume it's kind like he notice her as her for whatever reason he's eyeing her, but she's a Moabitess. Maybe she's dressing differently. Maybe she's working harder while everybody's over by the water cooler. We really don't know then verses eight through 13 is this exchange between Boaz and Ruth and that's very important because well will will see here in second then third of all he sends her off. I he takes care of her and gives her words of encouragement that she's can be taken care of any gives her this blessing or this care of food and and protection. What we need to see in the second point God provides for those who trust in him is this key word here has said or has said this word is a disk interpret his lovingkindness, at least in the NIV and maybe some other versions. His his mercy, but this word is a description of Boaz towards Ruth.

Ruth is already seeing God's lovingkindness look back over chapter 1 verse eight and and chapter 1 verse eight it says here.

May the Lord show kindness to you who you have shown to your dad and to me that this the same were there. This has said lovingkindness over here were saying similarly that Boaz is showing this lovingkindness to Ruth Boaz as a relative. It says in our text in chapter 2 verse one that he's a relative but one were going to see if you turn here touchup tutors of verse 20 is that he's not only a relative, but he's a kinsman redeemer and is a kinsman redeemer. What we are going to see what we need to see here is that Jesus is our kinsman redeemer Jesus is the one who essentially pays the price and redeems us from our sin, he pays the price for our sin himself takes upon himself and transfers his righteousness to us, making us sons and daughters of the living God. That's how he shows his kindness and his grace and his mercy towards us will hear is Boaz who was like into kinsman redeemer, so we look at Boaz. Here in chapter 2 we need to come to see how he is loving her, as Christ loves the church so we first volley he hears about Ruth. Essentially, we can say that God knows about the details of our lives. He hears her story in verse in chapter 2 verse six is that the foreman replied she's a Moabitess who came back from Moab with Naomi now doesn't say much right there. We don't really know much about the details of the lives but if you go down just down verse 11 it says a little bit more detail. Boaz answered all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me so in verse six is, like who is that woman. She's a Moabitess, but in actuality she's getting scoop.

She's learning about who Ruth is and she's finding out from this man, this girl's been out. Since the crack of dawn, and she's been working hard. Whether she's a Moabitess or as an Israelite I really don't know one thing for sure that girls got work ethic. She's come here she's taking care of her of her mother-in-law she's coming here and bearing that responsibility and she has made an oath to the Lord in his honor and glorifying her so he hears about Ruth and he hears her story and then he begins with this conversation to her with her.

He says there Ruth. Now listen, my daughter do not know and gleaning other field or leave this one, but keep close and she responds and she falls down her face, bowing to the ground and says from what have I found such waiver in your eyes that you would take notice of me, a foreigner, a Moabitess, and this is where he says it all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband's been fully told me how you left your father and mother, your native land and came to a people that you did not know before that sound familiar to anybody I give you hit Genesis chapter 12 Abraham went out, not knowing where in the language and in the Hebrew is almost parallel to this text right here she went out, she'd abandon everything she owed. She left her family and she came to a land that she did not know and the people she did not know before what we have here is essentially a description of her faith. She left everything behind not only to serve Naomi, but to serve Yahweh to serve the Lord God ever let live, everlasting, ever loving heavenly father. She has come to serve him in shape and we can see for whatever reason, is her motivation. She's a hard worker and she's being faithful to her oath. This oath of malediction that she took may may either person be upon me if I don't fulfill my obligation. So Boaz essentially recognizes and tells her you got this great reputation work ethic. You got great faith and so what is a say in verse 12, and this is pretty much the highlight of the whole text is what were singing to him under his wings may the Lord repay you for what you've done and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have taken refuge. This is a blessing for the woman who called a curse upon down upon herself as an obligation as a motivation to go out there and take care of her. Her mother-in-law, and to serve the Lord.

Boaz hears about her, he recognizes her and her faith and he blesses her.

He gives her a benediction. As a result of this blessing that she receives. She acknowledges in his and kindness even though that that of his kindness, but ultimately it's of God's kindness, why are you doing this to me, but we know it was because God had put it upon his heart for whatever reason to give favor to her to show her favor. Now we do know that the text is that she was a relative. Now we haven't gotten to the end of the chapter where it's revealed that she's a kinsman redeemer, but in her eyes. All she knows it.

She actually doesn't even know that he's a relative yet so anyway he blesses her that she has come under the wings of the Almighty and he himself is going to make sure that she's taken care of just on a side, some you need to think about this Psalm was not written by David in Psalm 90 and not that I'm Psalm 91 and Psalm 90 was a Psalm of Moses, so the fact that though the actual, literal, grammatical relationship between the text goes back to 90 means that they knew whoever the author was new Psalms of Moses is pretty neat thought.

Third, while he blesses his beloved God blesses his beloved not only does he guide us in our way in the details of our lives and does he care for us, just as Boaz does for Ruth providing for all of her needs, even to the point of providing food and protection, and from the bad guys are people who might try to take advantage ever. But he blesses them and this is the last section. Here, says she took it off and that is the 65 pounds of blessings that he gave Dirk she took it out the window into the city and showed it to her mother-in-law what she had gleaned in her mother-in-law, astonished, says, where have you been that you are so blessed with this bounty was obviously going out into this hard work only for you but it's hard for me to bend over is hard for me to go out and work in the garden for any length of time bent over this woman is out gleaning bent over, picking up and bending over all day long and she's gained weight on her and she are in her sacral whatever she was here, and she's been carrying weight all day long. Up to 65 pounds of blessings from Boaz to herself. She shows it to Naomi and Naomi is so surprised she like where have you been working working in the field of some man named Boaz. You know and all the sudden I prefer us now that we know what chapter 2 is about. We can see where this is like oh my goodness she can see Naomi is been better. The light is starting to shine. There's a little bit of hope. There's a little like the center staff. Maybe she's a little giddy because all of a sudden not only do they have food. She had a prosperous first day. This program is Moabitess, but no is not just that God is showing his favor showing his care. She's excited things are starting to click. She's starting to see very clearly that the pieces of the puzzle are fitting together, that light is starting to shine in her darkness. His name is Boaz. He's a relative, but he's not just a relative he's a kinsman redeemer. He's the man who's caring for them. So it goes back with me now delicious make the point even again, go back to chapter 2 verse one Naomi had a kinsman of her husband of her husband's a man of wealth of the family of a limb like whose name was. But alas, when we see now that the authors inserted this current parenthetical statement all of a sudden now it really makes the whole event of chapter 2 come alive because God placed them there in the very beginning and gave us a clue to look out for him and now is come to fruition and we can see the mighty blessings of God upon our lives not only through Boaz, but in the future from this point which would be Christ and for us. Seeing God's blessing for us through Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. We are no longer under the curse of the law but through faith we been made children of Abraham.

We been adopted and brought into the family of God. So now that we are not cursed any longer. We've been blessed, blessed by the love of God in our hearts. God cares for us. He loves us so much that he sent his son to die for us to purchase a place in heaven for us so that we can have eternal life, not only in the future.

But even now that's what back in chapter 1, a measure of I made the point very clearly or you remember it, but Naomi was better in the end, but we should learn from her bitterness to learn to rejoice in everything from her bitterness she could she have a heavenly view she was blaming God.

But, you know, like Job, God say, but she did hold it against him. Ultimately, because she praises God in the end, but she she had lost all hope. But now she sees that God is been faithful we get back to the point here. What is a kinsman redeemer that Boaz is a relating for us. He's that the relative scripture say who has the obligation to pay any kind of debt. Now it says in the text that he was one of kinsman redeemer. There's up there's another one will find in chapter 3, there's another guy who has the obligation before him, but he has a kinsman redeemer and he is already been brought into their lives to be working and providing for them. God is using Boaz to be that kinsman redeemer like Christ. So for us when we take away from all this.

First of all that God is in control of our lives. We have every reason to rejoice and not be overwhelmed by the circumstances that were in we can think about this election and we can watch our our our shows we were trying to get our information from.

We can try and figure out what the courts are going to do what states are going get we can try and figure it out but you know what, that's not can give you peace in your heart knowing that God is in control and has made a way for us in Jesus Christ and supposed to be fixed upon him that he is in control of all things was can give us peace, so let me only post something to you in and follow me here. What if Biden becomes president and we go down the socialistic communist hole in the future for our families is just literally just ruined. We we don't have what we've always had for the past 400 years and it looks really bleak.

What if God allows that to happen to America without casting any blame on the church we should've done this or that or cast blame on the liberalization and on that mission of another's line and stealing a balance or anything like that. What is with this. Take it for granted. It happens.

How should we respond if God uses a tragedy in Naomi's life that we can see in hindsight that God used it to bring a blessing to us salvation. Ultimately, we should see that our circumstances are necessarily like Naomi's and the transfers it doesn't transfer to our day-to-day lives here in 21st century exactly we should be able to rejoice and what else because of this many people who were despairing and without hope.

Get saved what God uses the downfall of America and everything we put our trust in to build his church to bring people to the end of themselves, like the cul-de-sac. Naomi was in. She had nowhere to turn everything that she loved and who cared for her was gone.

All she had was home and even that was a long way away. Everything was taken. Would you be a will to rejoice in Jesus Christ.

Your Lord, what if God uses that to working people's heart and draw them to himself, that they might be saved. Would it not be worth it. We been purchased by the precious blood of the land. This world is not our own. This stuff doesn't matter if that's true then why not lose it all to gain Christ as Paul said, if it to God to die is gain but to live is Christ, then we should have the perspective that no matter what happens. The should the mission of the church right here is to go out playing gospel because we know what they don't know we had the hindsight in the foresight, because we've got God's word.

They don't these people are the daddy and, like the Israelites with the ocean and the Egyptians behind him, or the pharaohs truth behind him. I daddy and then they don't have anywhere to turn but we answer what us for not going out and share the gospel and giving these people the answer for the hope that we have that they don't. God is in control. He turns all things for the good of those who love them and who are called according to his purposes. If we know how much he cares for us. They were obligated to live for him, so that the sweet aromas we are sacrifice on many sacrifices. The sweet aroma of death to those people might be created need for life and their soul. Second of all, don't worry, when you can't see the outcome you don't know the future. Don't be like Saul. Doug said, cast your cares upon the Lord, for he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall.

Isaiah 40 verse one says comfort cover my people, says your God speak tenderly just loose to Jerusalem and proclaimed to her that her heart services been completed there since been paid for that she is received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins. And finally, place your trust in the Lord trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and children. You can't find hope in Jesus Christ.

Without being saved are you saved is a good question. Maybe is evidenced by the way there with you. You live your life looking Bruce commitment she showed it by the way she worked, she showed in her diligence and her faith would your life.

Show that fruit of the spirit of your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. No matter what the circumstances. Hold or you just like the world is a determining factor. Look at fruit. Jesus said, look at the fruit where are you brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers in your relationship to Jesus Christ. That's the most important thing that we as the church before we can rise up that we can shine as bright light that we have to become a light yet to come out of the darkness into the light. Through Jesus so want to compel you to come under his care.

He who loves you so much that he gave his son for you.

You might know joy even in the midst of trial and tribulation. You can read Joyce no matter what the future is gonna bring to us. You have to know Jesus Christ. You might have hope. Apart from him. You're just like your despair. You're like the rest of the world of the cul-de-sac and everybody just is just as chaotic as a mess. God is taken us out of the mess that we can go back to good news. That's our mission. No matter what happens, we have the good news. May God bless us as we share it in the coming year. Let us pray dearly. Father, I thank you for your word.

We thank you father for the other reminder of your guiding hand your providential care and father that your blessings that we possess. Even now in Christ upright father in Jesus name that you would work in our hearts that we would examine our hearts while we worry so and while we don't seek ye the kingdom. Why father, we don't trust you with everything but we want to hold it in our hands instead of letting go and lifting up empty hands to you show us father why were not trusting you that father in this coming week. We can live for you would be brighter lights followed that people would see in us a love in the care and concern and compassion of the kinsman redeemer through us. Come Holy Spirit and work in each one of our lives and use us as living sacrifices to glorify our Father in heaven. In Jesus name we pray. Amen


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