Saturday, August 23, 2014

SERMON: God wills as He chooses

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 3/21/2014

The Book of Ruth presents a picture of God’s sovereignty. God rules from His throne, which is referenced specifically in 2nd Corinthians 12 by the Apostle Paul, as well as in Revelation 4 by John the Apostle.

God’s dominion is total. He wills as He chooses and carries out all that He wills, so none can stay His hand or thwart his plans. God creates circumstances that help Him accomplish his will. God exercises His rule in the normal course of life, as well as in miracles and interventions. In the Book of Ruth, God exercises His sovereignty as He intervenes in the life of Naomi.

The Book of Ruth presents a picture of God’s sovereignty. God rules from His throne, which is referenced specifically in 2nd Corinthians 12 by the Apostle Paul, as well as in Revelation 4 by John the Apostle.

God’s dominion is total. He wills as He chooses and carries out all that He wills, so none can stay His hand or thwart his plans. God creates circumstances that help Him accomplish his will. God exercises His rule in the normal course of life, as well as in miracles and interventions. In the Book of Ruth, God exercises His sovereignty as He intervenes in the life of Naomi.

Because of a famine, Elimelech leaves Bethlehem to go to the country of Moab. He and his wife, Naomi, and their two sons arrive in Moab; not long after, Elimelech dies. As time passes, the two sons marry Moabite woman and they too die, leaving Naomi a widow with two daughter-in-laws.

Naomi receives word the famine has eased and starts to return to Bethlehem. Her two daughter-in-laws, Oprah and Ruth, start to Bethlehem with her, but Naomi discourages the women because they will be foreigners in the land of Bethlehem. Oprah relents and stays in Moab, but Ruth refuses to leave Naomi. The two women return to Bethlehem

They have no way to provide for themselves, but they arrive at the time of the barley harvest and Ruth goes into a field to glean. In Biblical times, the harvesters would leave a certain amount in the field for widows and those who had no way to provide for themselves. Ruth gleans in the field of Boaz, and he takes notice of her and determines he is a near kinsman. In Biblical times, the nearest kinsman of a widow could redeem the land in accordance with Jewish law to protect the name of the clan. Boaz acts as a kinsman redeemer of Naomi and redeems the land. Boaz and Ruth get married and become ancestors of the Lord Jesus Christ through their son, Obed.

God, in his providence uses the normal course of life and death to bring Ruth, a pagan Moabite into the lineage of Jesus Christ, confirmed under the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1:5. God is sovereign and we do not understand his ways, but since the beginning of time, He has been revealing His eternal plan to His people.

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