Meet Jesus In The Word

(Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from Pastor Prince’s sermon two weeks ago.

In this week’s sermon, Pastor expounded the book of Ruth from devotional perspective. I’ve only heard Pastor teach the book of Ruth from a dispensational perspective previously, so it’s amazing to see how the Bible is like Jesus. Everywhere you turn, you find excellence, you find wisdom, and most importantly, you find Jesus. So in this sermon, Pastor shared how the Lord hides for us nuggets in the book of Ruth pertaining to spending time in the word. He also shared with us how Boaz is a picture of Jesus, our kinsman-redeemer. What I put below is only a few points that I caught from the entire sermon, so I suggest you listen to the sermon again yourself and fasten your spiritual seatbelts!

Meanwhile, be blessed by the notes! Blessed week!)

29 January 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

John 6:26-27

26Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Isaiah 7:3-4 (KJV)

3Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field; 4And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.

Ruth 2:1-20

1There was a relative of Naomi’s husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech. His name was Boaz. 2So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” 3Then she left, and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers. And she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech. 4Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, “The LORD be with you!” And they answered him, “The LORD bless you!” 5Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” 6So the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered and said, “It is the young Moabite woman who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. 7And she said, “Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ So she came and has continued from morning until now, though she rested a little in the house.” 8Then Boaz said to Ruth, “You will listen, my daughter, will you not? Do not go to glean in another field, nor go from here, but stay close by my young women. 9Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Have I not commanded the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink from what the young men have drawn.” 10So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. 12The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” 13Then she said, “Let me find favor in your sight, my lord; for you have comforted me, and have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.” 14Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched grain to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back. 15And when she rose up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16Also let grain from the bundles fall purposely for her; leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.” 17So she gleaned in the field until evening, and beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18Then she took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. So she brought out and gave to her what she had kept back after she had been satisfied. 19And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where have you gleaned today? And where did you work? Blessed be the one 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.” 20Then Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “Blessed be he of the LORD, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead!” And Naomi said to her, “This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives.”

Ruth 2:3 (KJV)

3And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

Leviticus 23:22

22“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field when you reap, nor shall you gather any gleaning from your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the stranger: I am the LORD your God.”‘

Ruth 2:14 (NLT)

14At lunchtime Boaz called to her, “Come over here and help yourself to some of our food. You can dip your bread in the wine if you like.” So she sat with his harvesters, and Boaz gave her food–more than she could eat.

Luke 15:17

17“But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Deuteronomy 28:68

68“And the LORD will take you back to Egypt in ships, by the way of which I said to you, “You shall never see it again.’ And there you shall be offered for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.”

Galatians 3:13

13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ),

Key take-home points:

  • God’s word is alive. It is God’s breathed. Other books are dead; when you have read it, you have read it. It will always be the same thing. However, every time you open up His word, you can expect God to speak to you afresh. He can cause a verse to jump out at you, and sometimes, the same Bible verse may speak to you differently in different seasons of your life. That is His word. It is living and powerful, and it is life and health. Ultimately, the Bible is not first and foremost a book of principles, even though it does contain principles to live life to the fullest and good financial principles that will bless you. The Bible is a picture book of Jesus. Read to find Jesus, and when you behold Him in His word, you are transformed from glory to glory!
  • Ruth had the odds stacked against in the natural when she accompanied her mother-in-law back to Israel. She was a Moabite (who was disqualified from being God’s people by law), and she was a widow (which had negative connotation in those days). However, she confessed God’s favour. She believed in the favour of God, and God put her at the right place, at the right time, in the right field. Beloveds, when you confess God’s favour, God can put you way beyond where you can go in the natural! The favour of God really does place you at the right place at the right time. It can place you where all your smartness cannot. Man, in all his brilliant mind, cannot know when disaster strikes. What are you gonna do then? Keep yourself holed up at home? It is better to trust God to put you at the right place at the right time.
  • In the book of Ruth, gleaners (people who glean dropped grains after the reapers have passed through) are a picture of people who are new in church. You may not understand everything that Pastor preached, but that’s fine, take home whatever you understand! Pastor also shared that it is bad advice to tell young Christians to read the Bible. God’s word is too pure, and I agree. Personally, there are times when I go into God’s word myself, I feel like I’m drowning in the ocean, because God’s word is so rich, so deep, yet I can’t get something out of it, and I feel a bit lost. A good advice to give to young believers, rather, is to tell them to feed on the ministry of anointed Bible teachers who expound God’s word. These teachers put God’s word into bite-sized format, so that you can understand and be nourished by it. Then as you mature, you will be able to go straight into the word and receive straight from the Lord as well!