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February 4, 2022 2:00 am
Nothing is left to chance in God's sovereign plan. In the message "Flight RUT01" from The Bible from 30,000 Feet, Skip shares how God's plan unfolded for a woman named Ruth, encouraging you to see His providence in your life.
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Your Christian trust the Lord brought life is taken a turn for you. It's not you thought it would be pretty bad so you start planning what you worrying your friend and you wonder how could a God of love allow me to go to things stop there and just think of Naomi. The rest of her husband, her two sons left wondering what happened/by the burdens of life is the principal going worse that God has for you is better than the best the devil Christian leader JC while set. There was no such thing as chance, luck accident in the Christian's journey through this world was arranged and appointed by God. Today we continue our countdown scripts top 40 messages on the connect, Skip Heitzigs of YouTube channel in the number 16 spot escapes message flight or UT 01 where he flies over the book of Ruth and tells you a story of romance and grace that reveals God's loving Providence in your life. Before we begin want to invite you to be a part of unforgettable journey to Israel during for an incredible time as we travel throughout Israel and experience the culture that's so unique to that country. Now I've been to Israel a number of times over the years that I can honestly say that visiting the places where the events of the Scriptures unfolded where Jesus lived taught and healed. It just never gets old will start on the Mediterranean Sea had no places like Caesarea and Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River will spend several days in and around Jerusalem and see the temple mount Calvary, the garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of olives and much more. This remarkable itinerary is made richer with times of worship, Bible study, and lots of fellowship. The Bible will come alive to you in a way never has.
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Start planning and saving out to tour Israel will Skip Heitzigs formation, inspiration, cruises.com/C ABQ. We were in the book of Skip Heitzigs and gets into today's message is a story of Providence and that's a word that the doctor at the concept that you should be very familiar with talk a little bit about points in the study, Providence is something that you and I experience we experience God's prophet that a lot of Christians I've noticed make a big deal about the miraculous, and God is a God of miracles into everything he wants but God most often works through Providence rather than the miraculous not remember hearing the guy in television years ago St. have you experienced a miracle today. You can have a daily miracle and he didn't say miracle you sent me recall so I thought that's kind of weird but anyway, you really can expect is God's daily Providence in your life. And Providence is the idea that God takes natural advance and he enacts supernatural results. Things happen in life and God uses all those things to work out a supernatural outcome that product.
Romans 828 we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are the called according to his purpose of God can take anything that happens to you. It's not an impediment to him is not met. Never in all of no moment for God. God never says oh no my can I do now.
He says this is perfect. I'm going to leave this for a supernatural outcome. These natural experiences and circumstances that we face. So it's the story of God's providence, the book of Ruth is also a story of conversion. Here is a Moabitess woman, a Gentile outside of the covenant of God outside of the covenant land of God who comes to believe in the Yahweh, the God of the Jews of the covenant God of the people of Israel and so the story shows how a Gentile girl comes to believe in the Jewish God, the God of Israel, so it's a story Providence. It's a story of conversion. It's also a story of redemption we have in the Old Testament book of Ruth. A preview of a very cardinal salient New Testament doctrine that is the doctrine of redemption. The doctrine of redemption is what one person, one party pays the price to buy the freedom for someone else that's redemption in the New Testament. The background is the slave markets of those times in the Old Testament. It's the idea of the land that could be forfeited or had to be sold and the person was poor but it could be purchased back could be redeemed back in the great story about Ruth. It's not just landing it's a person and land that gets redeemed. As you will see it was Augustine that church theologian from North Africa who made this statement, the new is in the old contain the Aussies media. The new is in the old contain the oldest in the new explain or as I think he put it on the new is in the old concealed in the old is in the new reveal what is that statement mean it means that in the Old Testament there are truths of the New Testament seeds of the New Testament, there are predictions that anticipate the new covenant anticipate what we experience in the New Testament it's there in the old is predicted in the old when we get to the Old Testament we see all of those predictions. All of those anticipations blossomed and coming to fruition in the new so the new is in the old concealed the old is in the new reveal verse four chapters in this book and you can outline the book.
Based on these four Chapter 1 is loves resolve. There is a young Moabite woman named Ruth who makes a resolution to follow her mother-in-law to the land of her ancestors, the land of Canaan, the land of Judah. The area of Bethlehem, the land of Israel.
She makes a resolute promise, no matter what happens, she's gonna follow Naomi that's loves resolve in chapter 1 and chapter 2 we have loves response. Ruth goes out and believes in the fields in Bethlehem during the barley harvest. She will encounter man by the name of Boaz.
She will respond to Boaz Boaz will respond to her in a romance will start in that chapter in chapter 3 we have loves request, you'll see a very, very interesting twist of events in chapter 3 where Ruth asked Boaz to marry her. It's sort of a very different kind of a set up from our culture and even that culture.
But what she does this, she asked Boaz to redeem her asked Boaz's Redeemer. She asked the question, it involves a marriage but she asked Boaz a Redeemer that in chapter 4 we have loves reward and loves reward is where there is a wedding. They both read Ruth and Boaz and a little bit of the family is then mentioned. So the book of Ruth opens with a famine and closes with the family.
It opens with a funeral and it closes with the wedding very great little story would begin in chapter 1 verse one we will read all the verses of the book, but there's enough to get the story came to pass, verse one.
Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled that there was a famine in the land and a certain man of Bethlehem. Judah went to dwell in the country of Moab. He and his wife and his two sons. That is a lot in adverse and since we have time. I went unraveling. If you want. It's giving us the setting of the book of Ruth. First of all, it was a time of rebellion. It says it was during when the judges ruled that we've studied the book of Judges a few weeks back we saw how can that book of Judges, Israel turned away from the Lord God sent them these warriors who were like little messiahs who would temporarily deliver them from the hand of their enemy was dark days. Days of apostasy, days of war so that is the setting. The setting is the book of Judges and if you want to put a fine point on exactly when it takes place. Most scholars believe that you could fit the book of Ruth in Judges chapter 10 is the chronology where it fits. Judges chapter 10 one of the judges name yet year or J or as we like to mispronounce. In our language that is the judge that probably was ruling during the time the book of Ruth takes place. Also noticed something else. It was a time of relativism and say that in the verse but how does the book of Judges and it says there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes. So it was a time of humanism was a time of existentialism. It was a time of relativism people disorder didn't follow God's statutes.
There was no rule over them is sort of made up their own rule as it felt good to them. It was sort of like do just do whatever is in your heart to do. It's like the worst advice ever. It is yet is for the Bible says the heart is wicked, deceitfully wicked above all else who can know it don't do it in your heart do with the word of God tells you to do that is the standard above you.
If you don't, and if you just do whatever you is in your heart to do your the judges there's no king, no authority and everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes so as a time of rebellion is a time of relativism is a time of judgment. We know that because it says that in the days verse one when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land God had predicted in the book of Deuteronomy, if you will baby him to bless you to put out rain from heaven. I'm to get you up on the cross and to give your families in your and your cattle and all your flock's abundance. If you don't obey me. If you sin against me. I'm in a send famine to the land.
There's a lot of different reasons mechanically or naturally why famine happened sometimes it happened because lack of rainfall it's the typical reason something to happen because invaders came in the land, destroyed crops, so they weren't as productive sometimes it was high winds along with no rain from heaven. Sometimes it was insects like the book of Joel that would destroy the crops, but the real reason is the children of Israel are in the midst of a cycle that we talked about in the book of Judges do remember to call the sin cycle and there were four phases to the sin cycle. Rebellion was the first stage, they rebel against God. Retribution was the second stage, God allowed Israel to be tormented by enemies. Repentance was the third stage, and restitution was the fourth state. That's the sin cycle. It happened over and over and over and over and over and over again in the book of Judges.
By the time you get to the book of Ruth, which takes place during the time of Judges opens up by telling us we are in stage number two there is God's retribution because of their rebellion.
There is a famine that is hit the land the name of the man verse two was a limo like great name.
His name was a testimony a little lack is a Hebrew name comes from two words and Lee and may lack LED means, my God hell is the generic term for God in the Hebrew language. When you add an eye to it you personalize it, and Lee is my God, so his name is my goddess came right name, right. His parents have high hopes for him. There's a kid who's gonna be named by God is the King. Now if you live up to that name. That's awesome if you don't, it ain't so awesome, but he had an opportunity at every stage of his life to give a testimony. Imagine a limo like at work in the PA says: the lack line 6 and because it you're saying in Hebrew by God as King line 6 so we had an opportunity to tell coworkers how God was his King. Keep that in mind, that is what his name means the name of his wife was Naomi. Naomi is at work. The means pleasantness and the names of his two sons made on and Katie on websites of Bethlehem. Judah and they went to the country of Moab and remained there knowing when couples had kids in those days they would name their child either either their hopes and their aspirations for that child to fulfill or they would name that child based on something that happened during birth circumstances around the so for example when a limo like got his name by his parents were were naming him with high hopes and here's a kid is in a live up to that testimony that he's in a carry around with them. My God is the King. However, sometimes things happened at work and the kids were named based upon that so when Isaac and Rebekah had two children. The first one that came out of the womb was kind of all red and she had hair all over his body; Harry Rife that's a good name the cemetery at Harry.
That's what he saw means and then his brother. The twin followed right after him grabbing the foot grabbing the heel of his brother Harry. So as soon as little Jacob came out, Jacob means he'll catch her.
So his grabbing of the committees for trying to trip his brother: he'll catch her.
So they were named based on circumstances of their birth, we come to these two boys and her name. It's very interesting mainline means sick or sickly or weakling and carry-on means signing or wailing and weeping crying so when I when I read this I can just think you're were dealing with some very honest parents are II I'm sure that that you know every couple has a fear of kind of a morbid fear that if there than on average how this can be like the weird weird looking in our some some some deficiency in a final I'll be able to handle that fear of it. Probably most every parent has now when these two kids were born, you probably weren't that bad, but this is dad's reaction.
He sees the first one being born to sick nothing looks sick. Looks like it is like a sick old man or some so they named him sickly.
That's is what is naming the top tag data carry around with your whole life so than in the first one sicko, they name the second one crybaby so you got sicko and crybaby and overreaction, but nonetheless it's what they were called. Keep something in mind and will email you a little lack means my God is King. Too bad he didn't look like. Too bad he didn't trust the Lord and stay in the land of the covenant, the land of Israel and the first hint of bad times. There's famine in the land. He hightailed it across the Dead Sea to the area. Moab hills of Moab. He didn't stay quite like Abraham and there was a famine.
Lenny went down to Egypt and trust God was a mistake. Likewise limo that goes to mobile Moab. If you were to stand on Bethlehem on the hill you can if you go right to the eastern side of Bethlehem you can stand and look on a clear day and you can look down and see the. The Dead Sea and on the other side of the Dead Sea.
The hills rise up and you see the planes. The plateau of Moab Moab. The high hills. About 3500 feet of the low lands of Moab are about 2500 feet. The soil is very porous so it brings in a lot of the rain at that high plateau as opposed to the low desert so it can be can be logically great for farming and obviously a limo like and his boys were farmers, so they leave the place of famine they go to find higher ground. There's a problem with Moab. If you remember your Bible you remember back in Genesis 19 that the Moabites were the descendents of Lot and they were false worshipers or idol worshipers. They worship the God called key mosh CH EM OSH he is found written in the Bible and the Old Testament in key mosh is a very fierce angry God whom they believe required blood sacrifice so he was worship by killing people, especially children as part of their worship.
That's where he's going. He's leaving Bethlehem and is going over to Moab. How many of us are like a limo like there's pressure in our lives.
Finances are in good you know the mortgage seems to creep higher and higher. So we make a reaction instead of waiting on the Lord being renewed, like Isaiah said, those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength.
We we can quickly react. Verse three says that a limo like Naomi's husband died so evidently he was sickly himself whole family must've been sort of tendon had a tendency toward Alyssa limo like Naomi's husband died and she was left in her two sons negligent lives of the women of Moab out of the covenant, the name of the one was for, and the name of the other. Ruth and they dwelt there about 10 years there there a decade out of the land in this foreign land of Moab, then both Nederland and Chile on also also died. As a matter of time. I'm guessing you know sicko and crybaby. There was a disorder destined to a short-lived life.
I'm guessing so they died so the woman survived her two sons and her husband know there's a lot of heartache compressed in those three short verses. I can imagine them going to Moab was great at first, they settled into a nice four-bedroom tangent to camel garage joined the donkey live Chino, they were involved in the community.
Things were looking up form good.
Then one day Naomi gets a phone call from Moab general hospital emergency room man I hate to say this but your husband a little like my God is King just croaked he got broke her heart, some time goes by her two children dying now this woman is in the position of having lost everything her covering her husband, her provider, her children, her sons, who could provide in his absence that she has two daughters in law, no way to earn a living in those days they walked away from their land and outlander are in danger of losing the inheritance that they would've had a Bethlehem so a little lack found a grave where he saw the home he was seeking his livelihood and he lost his life member.
Jesus said whoever seeks his life shall lose it. Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it now. This point is good to pause and bring up the point you're a Christian, you trust the Lord brought life is taken a turn for you. It's not you thought it would be getting pretty bad so you start writing the plan you want you worrying you Fred and you wonder how could a God of love allow me to go through these things stop there and just think of Naomi, bereft of her husband and her two sons left wondering what can happen. Trust by the burdens of life. Here's the principle the worst that God has for you is better than the best. The devil has for the world if you will that Skip Heitzig six number 16 message from the series the Bible from 30,000 feet find the full message skips teachings as well as full-length sermons are anywhere any time on any email@example.com/Calvary PV. Now we want to let you know about a resource that will encourage you even more in your face. There's a top 10 list for just about everything.
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