SGA Pic of Christ lesson 26

Lesson 26

A young minister was told by an elder of a Welsh chapel that he had preached a very poor sermon because Christ was not in his sermon. The young man replied, "Christ was not in the text." The wise old man said, "Christ is in every text. In every text of Scripture there is a road which leads to Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Your business is to find that road and get on it."

All that most people know about the book of Ruth is what Ruth said to Naomi in Ruth 1:16-17, and they usually come away from that with high thoughts of Ruth and no thoughts of Christ. The real key to the book of Ruth is in the term KINSMAN REDEEMER found in Ruth 2:20, Ruth 3:9 & 12, and Ruth 4:14. The "kinsman" is the one who has the right to redeem (Lev. 25:25).

A man called Elimelech, of Bethlehem-Judah, because of a famine in the land, sold all that he had and with his wife and two sons left the land of Israel and moved to pagan Moab. Elimelech died in Moab; and his two sons married Moabite women, lived with them ten years, and then they both died. Naomi, now a very poor widow, determined to return to Judah and told her two daughters-in-law to remain in Moab with their people and their gods. Orpah kissed Naomi and departed, but Ruth clave unto her and Uttered those blessed words found in Ruth 1:16-17.

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.