A CELEBRATION OF MOTHERS AND WOMANHOOD

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
May 10, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor-51108

Message:
“A Celebration of Mothers and Womanhood”
Text: Ruth 1:1-22
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Memory Verse: Ruth 1: 16-17
16 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. 17 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.”
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Background
Naomi, her husband and two sons live in Judea, there is a severe famine and they leave and to a neighboring land called Moab.

Naomi’s sons marry, but shortly thereafter both sons and her husband die. Naomi learns the famine is over in Judea and decides to return home, one of her daughter in laws goes back to her people, but one, Ruth decides to go to Judea with Naomi.

Even though the famine is over, Naomi and Ruth have no means of support so Ruth takes it upon herself to provide for the both of them by going to the field where farmers have harvested their wheat crops and picking up wheat that was missed. She ends up in a field of a close relative of Naomi, Boaz who takes notice of Ruth. As he inquires about her, he learns of how, though she is a Moabite, abandoned her people and way of life to live with and care for Naomi. Boaz is moved by herself sacrifice and through various means starts to provide for and protect Ruth. As Ruth notices this kindness, she presents herself as a possible wife to Boaz, even though she is young and attractive and Boaz older. This sets into motion a marriage that produces the line of King David and eventually produces Jesus the Messiah

What does this mean for me today?

I. Naomi had something about her that was attractive enough to cause Ruth to want to be like her, How we live around other people can have a positive effect on both of our lives
II. Ruth had a servant’s heart, she was willing to work to provide for both her and Naomi’s needs. Many times when you are willing to use your gifts and talents to help someone else, the result is both you and they are helped
III. Ruth demonstrated a willingness to work hard and a humility to accept help and a graciousness toward the person who helped. These qualities, hard work, humility, and graciousness have an effect on those around us, the way we live can either open or close doors of opportunity
IV. God reached beyond what would have been considered by the Jewish world the correct thing to do, and operating outside the box included a Moabite in the line of King David and the Messiah, Jesus Christ. God is not limited to what we think He can and will do. Look for God where He is at work and get involved there.

Personal Reflections
The story of Ruth is a celebration of womanhood, showing how women, in a male dominated world, a world corrupted by idol worship can be used to reshape mankind. Naomi, Ruth and Boaz reflect three different ways in which God is at work. Naomi, the older woman, is used to attract Ruth. Ruth, the younger woman, her willingness to be humble, work hard and be gracious was used to provide for Naomi and catch the eye of Boaz. Boaz and his wealth are used to provide for Ruth and Naomi. God uses all three to provide the means for the line of King David and onto the line of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

The overriding story of Ruth is how God demonstrates His love and protection, even in very challenging times and how He used people that are willing to be used. Gender should not be a deciding factor in whether someone can be used, being used by God is a heart issue, a willingness to trust God, a willingness to use our talents and a willingness to allow God to help us and use us, whenever, wherever, and however.

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Additional Bible Verses
Ephesians 2:4-5
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—
1 John 4:9-11
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Philippians 4:19
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Psalm 86:15
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Hebrews 12:28-29
Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.