THE GOOD LIFE II

THE GOOD LIFE II
RUTH 2
It so happened that Naomi had a relative by marriage, a man prominent and rich, connected with Elimelech’s family. His name was Boaz.
2 One day Ruth, the Moabite foreigner, said to Naomi, “I’m going to work; I’m going out to glean among the sheaves, following after some harvester who will treat me kindly.”
Naomi said, “Go ahead, dear daughter.”
3-4 And so she set out. She went and started gleaning in a field, following in the wake of the harvesters. Eventually she ended up in the part of the field owned by Boaz, her father-in-law Elimelech’s relative. A little later Boaz came out from Bethlehem, greeting his harvesters, “God be with you!” They replied, “And God bless you!”
5 Boaz asked his young servant who was foreman over the farm hands, “Who is this young woman? Where did she come from?”

11-12 “I’ve heard all about you—heard about the way you treated your mother-in-law after the death of her husband, and how you left your father and mother and the land of your birth and have come to live among a bunch of total strangers. God reward you well for what you’ve done—and with a generous bonus besides from God, to whom you’ve come seeking protection under his wings.”

19 Naomi asked her, “So where did you glean today? Whose field? God bless whoever it was who took such good care of you!”
Ruth told her mother-in-law, “The man with whom I worked today? His name is Boaz.”
20 Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Why, God bless that man! God hasn’t quite walked out on us after all! He still loves us, in bad times as well as good!”
Naomi went on, “That man, Ruth, is one of our circle of covenant redeemers, a close relative of ours!”

“"The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of the opportunity.” LEONARD RAVENHILL

RUTH 3:1-2 One day her mother-in-law Naomi said to Ruth, “My dear daughter, isn’t it about time I arranged a good home for you so you can have a happy life? And isn’t Boaz our close relative, the one with whose young women you’ve been working? Maybe it’s time to make our move. Tonight is the night of Boaz’s barley harvest at the threshing floor.

KINGDOM CONNECTION LEADS TO DIVINE APPOINTMENTS
FOR YOUR GOOD AND FOR HIS GLORY
NAOMI (SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY) PROVIDED A SPIRITUAL FUTURE

3-4 “Take a bath. Put on some perfume. Get all dressed up and go to the threshing floor. 
WOMEN - HOW YOU PRESENT YOURSELVES

I Timothy 2:10 not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.

I PETER 3 3b What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.4-6 Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way, and were good, loyal wives to their husbands.

3-4 (con’t) But don’t let him know you’re there until the party is well under way and he’s had plenty of food and drink. When you see him slipping off to sleep, watch where he lies down and then go there. Lie at his feet to let him know that you are available to him for marriage. Then wait and see what he says. He’ll tell you what to do.”
5 Ruth said, “If you say so, I’ll do it, just as you’ve told me.”
6 She went down to the threshing floor and put her mother-in-law’s plan into action

RUTH 3:16-17 When she came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “And how did things go, my dear daughter?” Ruth told her everything that the man had done for her, adding, “And he gave me all this barley besides—six quarts! He told me, ‘You can’t go back empty-handed to your mother-in-law!’”

RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS BRING JOY

TWO BROKEN PEOPLE DON’T MAKE A WHOLE

RUTH 3:18 Naomi said, “Sit back and relax, my dear daughter, until we find out how things turn out; that man isn’t going to fool around. Mark my words, he’s going to get everything wrapped up today.”
MEN - HOW YOU HANDLE YOUR BUSINESS

RUTH 4
Boaz went straight to the public square and took his place there.


HOW CAN GOD TRUST YOU WITH A WIFE WHEN HE CAN’T TRUST YOU WITH YOURSELF?
THE PROVERBS 31 MAN

EVERYDAY FAITHFULNESS HAS ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE THAT WORKS OUT GOD’S PURPOSES

RUTH 4:17 Obed was the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David.

NAOMI (SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY) PROVIDED A SPIRITUAL FUTURE
RUTH (SPIRITUAL CHILD) PROVIDED A LASTING LEGACY FOR NAOMI