1:10 HOMEWORK Read Ruth 4:1-12
September 1, 2013 | Wawasee Community Bible Church | Milford, Indiana | Pastor Josh Weiland
PART 5: REDEMPTION RUTH 4:1-12
Redemption is Costly
1. In addition to the things Pastor Josh mentioned about the city gate, it was also a place where priests and prophets would stand and declare God’s Word (Nehemiah and Jeremiah are two examples). In light of what Josh shared, why would they go there? Are there similar strategic places in our local communities where we could get involved as a church and bring the gospel to people?
(v. 1-6) 2. It didn’t take Boaz long to do exactly as he had promised. James 5:12 says to “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’, ‘No’.” Are you a person of your word?
Redemption is a Legal Transaction (v. 7-10)
THREE REQUIREMENTS OF A REDEEMER: 1. They must be a near kinsman. In becoming a man, Jesus becomes our kinsman (Heb. 2:14-15) 2. They must be able to pay the redemption price. The price of spiritual redemption isn’t silver or gold, but blood. Only Jesus’ death was an acceptable payment. (1Pet. 1:18-19) 3. They must be willing to redeem. Jesus was willing and joyfully gave himself to purchase our redemption. (Titus 2:13-14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 12:2)
Redemption is Transformational (v. 11-12)
3. Why had this closer relative not taken the initiative in redeeming the land from Naomi himself? Was he shirking his responsibility or did he not know about it?
4. Boaz calls the relative “friend” which translated from the Hebrew as “such ‘n such” or “guy” to use a word we would use. Was Boaz a little annoyed with this man (his relative)? Have you ever been upset with someone who didn’t do the right or responsible thing?
5. How was Boaz shrewd in his dealings with the man at the gate? Is it wrong to be shrewd? Jesus speaks toward it in Matthew 10:16 and Luke 16:1-13. Why does he commend it? What’s the difference between being shrewd and deceitful?
6. Why did the relative immediately decline once Ruth was added to the deal? What could his thought process have been once Boaz mentioned her? Is he justified in his thinking?
7. The agreement was binding because there were witnesses present. Nothing was signed. There was no “evidence”. Ten men saw and heard what took place and their word was enough. Why doesn’t this work in our society today? Do you think it could again?