Ruth: The Search for a Redeemer
11/25/18 – 12/23/18
Naomi suffers a series of hard losses: leaving her homeland due to famine; her husband dies; and then both her sons also die without leaving an heir. Naomi decides to return to her homeland of Bethlehem and her daughter-in-law Ruth returns with her. Going without much hope, these women needed a redeemer to be restored to their ancestral homeland. For this Advent worship series, we are reflecting on how we are all also still searching for our redeemer, as we long for Jesus’ triumphal return.
December 2, 2018
Ruth went out to gather leftover grain that the harvesters missed, and in the process, she “just so happens” to find her way to the field of her redeemer Boaz, though she did not recognize who Boaz was to her. Ruth may have attributed her wonderful harvest to her hard work or good fortune, but really she benefited from the blessing of her redeemer. So often we too may attribute the good in our lives to our own merit or luck, but are we failing to recognize our redeemer in our midst?