|Rev. Canon George Sinclair|
A shout out to an anonymous donor from Eternal Hope Anglican Church in Carleton Place, who made a donation to allow this show to go on the air. He made it in memory of the founder of Good News Christian Ministries, the late Reverend Dr. Allen Churchill.
This is the first of four talks where I go through the whole Book of Ruth. Each talk is a shortened version of a longer sermon preached at Church of the Messiah, Ottawa. The original series was called, "Upside Down: The Story of Ruth." (Full Version: http://messiahchurch.sermons.io/sermons/a-gospel-shaped-life)
Ruth Meets Boaz
14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15 When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”
17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah[b] of barley. 18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.” 21 And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’” 22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” 23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
- Ruth isn’t trapped in “the circle,” or by fate or by the gods. Instead, by the Lord’s providence, Ruth is living a different story, a resurrection shaped story.
- Canadians do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus, but love resurrection shaped stories.
- Because the resurrection of Jesus is true, the story of your life can become a resurrection story.
- The Gospel shapes you to shape your world in a Gospel shape.