Soli Deo Gloria

“God Redeems His People” Ruth 4:1-22

An Expositional Sermon
The book of Ruth is an arrow pointing beyond itself to the Lord Jesus Christ. Will you put your hope in God? Each of deserve God’s wrath for our disobeying God, for doing wrong and evil. But the good news is that the final redeemer of Naomi and Ruth – Great King David’s greater Son, Jesus Christ – can be our redeemer too. And how did He work redemption? He was perfect, without sin, and lived a life that was pleasing to God. He was fully God. He was the only one who could ever qualify as a redeemer of other men and women before God. He lived a life that none of us have lived. He then died for His people. This is the one that the Old Testament points to. In Isaiah 11 we see that Jesus is the shoot from the stump of Jesse. Jesse is Obed’s son. Jesus ushered in God’s kingdom, He will come to judge the living and the dead, and He will gather His people from among the nations. The apostle Paul quotes Isaiah 11 in Romans 15:12-13 “‘The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound with hope.” Can you see how this genealogy is pointing at Christ? Ruth is about these individual lives, it’s about the history of Israel, but pre-eminently it’s about the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s pointing to a redeemer beyond Boaz. The good news is that our redeemer lives! He died for His people. He was raised from the dead for His people. Praise God for Christ.