Formations Lesson for August 7- Ruth and Boaz- Partners in Providence
July 21 2011 by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church

Focal Passage: Ruth 3:1-18

This lesson begins a new unit entitled “Partners in Marriage.” In this unit we will study the relationships of four couples and explore what God’s Word has to say about our closest relationships.

We begin with Ruth and Boaz.

The Book of Ruth is a story about a family in trouble.

The story begins with Elimelech, Naomi, and their two sons fleeing famine-ravished Judah and going to Moab because they heard things were better there.

Soon after their arrival, Elimelech died, leaving Naomi with two sons in a foreign land. Her sons, Mahlon and Kilion, took Moabite wives, Orpah and Ruth.

Ten years after their arrival in Moab, Naomi’s sons died.

Naomi felt that she had no choice but to return to Bethlehem. One daughter-in-law, Orpah, remained in Moab.

But the other one, Ruth, helped Naomi return to Judah.

It was Ruth’s loyalty and support to Naomi that eventually won for Ruth the notice of Boaz, who was Naomi’s kinsman on her husband’s side.

Indeed, Boaz was impressed not only by Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi, but also eventually by her loyalty to him in spite of the fact that she could have attracted younger men (3:10).

Thus, Boaz and Ruth married (4:10).

A couple in my church has displayed on their wall a framed piece of needlework they received as a wedding gift. On it appears their names, their wedding date, and the phrase “God gave us each other.”

I think many Christian couples believe that they were brought together by God’s providence.   But why would we think such a thing?

I’ve never known anyone who said God literally told them who to marry. Yet, we believe God is guiding His people. If that’s true, how does it happen?

The story of Ruth tells us about God’s way of carrying out His plans, and about how we become aware of God’s work in our lives. Ruth’s story tells us that God wields the power to change things.   The picture of Ruth at the beginning of the story is one of sadness, poverty and hopelessness.

At the end of the story, Ruth is happily married to Boaz. They have a son, Obed.

Obed would become the grandfather of none other than King David, from whose lineage came Jesus.

The amazing reversal in this story is brought about by God, who is the master of transformation.

Often, God’s work is seen only in hindsight and requires complete trust in Him to guide our lives.
7/21/2011 5:59:00 AM by DuPre Sanders, pastor, Roxboro Baptist Church | with 0 comments




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