FAITH THAT EXPERIENCES REDEMPTIVE FAVOUR
Getting Noticed & Getting Favored
•The barley harvest is on, and Ruth wants to get at work to get necessary bread for survival
•To us is introduced Boaz a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek!
•Ruth’s presence in the field captures Boaz’s eye, and he is given a report by the manager
•A conversation ensues in which there is honor, compassion, care and providence
•Ruth’s question is ..why such favor?..I am no one, a foreigner!
When Mara senses Sweetness
•Naomi’s ears could not have fathomed any better news than this
•Naomi seems more settled with her name…there is hope…Ruth has found acceptance (Deut 23:3)
•Naomi’s interest in her daughter in-law’s settlement has not died…she advices Ruth to take a big risk
The Real Strength Of Boaz
•For Boaz it was not who he was as a wealthy and noble man, who could have got away with a one night stand
•For Boaz it was to be faithful to a covenantal faith that displayed the person of YHWH…the ‘Shaddai’
THE GOSPEL & EL-SHADDAI
•The Gospel of Jesus Christ, finds in Mary a highly favored one and in Joseph a man of strength.
•Our covenantal faith in and through Christ is to be marked with covenantal character! (Col 3:12-14)