3 – Ruth’s Humility
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
“…the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.”
“Everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes.” Judges 17:6
“After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.” Ruth 1:4-5
“But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.” Ruth 1:16-17
“Just then [At that particular time, in walks the night in shining armor] Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!” “The LORD bless you!” they called back. Boaz asked the foreman of his harvesters, “Whose young woman is that?” Ruth 2:4-5
“he has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” Ruth 2:20
““He said, ‘Who are you?’ And she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.’” Ruth 3:9
1. The Story of Ruth
In humility, Ruth realized her need for redemption.
Past was not clean.
Future was not certain.
The right to redeem her.
The resources to redeem her.
The resolve to redeem her.
2. The Story of Jesus
In humility, Jesus came to earth to be our Redeemer.
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:4-8
He is divine over us.
He is human like us.
He has power over sin.
He has the authority over death.
He pursues you.
He protects you.
He provides for you.
3. The Story of our Lives
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” Romans 3:23-25
Do you realize the need for your redemption?
Will you trust the love of your redeemer?
- Why does humility not really seem like a heroic characteristic? How is humility typically looked at in our culture?
- After tonight, can you see how important humility should be in your life? How can you develop it?
- Ruth demonstrated faith and humility that God would take care of her. How can you demonstrate the same? Where do you struggle trusting God’s timing and plan?
- How does Ruth’s story point to our ultimate hero, Jesus? What does it mean for Him to be our Redeemer?
- What are some ways you can better apply this message to your life this week? How can seeing Jesus as your Redeemer change how you talk, think and act?