Three Reasons We Should Trust Jesus Christ as Our Kinsman-Redeemer

SERMON NOTES

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Three Reasons We Should Trust Jesus as Our Kinsman-Redeemer

Ruth (selected texts)

 Redemption:  act of procuring deliverance of persons or things from possession and power of captors by payment of an equivalent; ransom; release (Webster 1828)

Kinsman-Redeemer:  A blood relative who redeems

1. Our Poverty – We need to be redeemed. (1:1, 3-5)

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2. His Provision – Jesus is uniquely qualified to redeem (no other way) (2:1,4,12; 3:11-13, 19; 4:9-10):

  • His kinship – born of a woman (Gal. 4:4-5)
  • His character – spotless/sinless (1 Pet 1:18-19)
  • His capability – perfectly fulfilled law; acceptable sacrifice – died as Substitute and rose again (Gal. 3:13-14/Gen. 12:3)
  • His choice – willingness to redeem His Bride (cf. account of Judah’s sons in Genesis 38)

3. His Providence – It is no accident that we have heard of this Redeemer. (1:22; 2:3, 14-16, 20; 4:17)

  • Are you trusting Him, resting under His wings?
  • Are you praising Him? (Rev. 5:9-10)

One Mother’s Experience of the Surprising Kindness of God (Ruth Overview)

May 8, 2011

SERMON NOTES

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 One Mother’s Experience of the Surprising Kindness of God

Ruth – Book Overview

 God Revealed His Kindness in Surprising Ways:

 1.      provision of sympathy, companionship (through Ruth)

(Background: Judges 21:25)

 2.      provision of food and offspring (through Boaz)

(Gleaning laws: Deuteronomy 24:19-21, Leviticus 19:9-10 & 23:22; Levirite marriage laws: Deuteronomy 25:5-10)

3.      provision of king for the nation (through David)

(Ruth 4:17-22; Psalm 36:7)

4.      provision of Savior for all nations (through Jesus)

(Kinsman-Redeemer: Leviticus 25:25-31, 47-55; blessing to Gentiles:  Genesis 12:3 ; genealogy of Christ:  Matthew 1:1-17, note vss. 5-6)

Habakkuk Overview (Outline)

Wordle: Habakkuk

TRUSTING GOD IN TROUBLESOME TIMES

Habakkuk’s Message of Hope

I. Take Your Perplexities to God (1:1-2:1)

A. with alarm over unchecked sin (1:1-4) (Our prayers suffer when we are unconcerned.)

1. in our country

2. in our church

3. in our selves

B. with amazement at God’s sovereignty (1:5-11) (Our prayers suffer when we are unimpressed with God.)

C. with awareness of God’s character (1:12-17)  (Our prayers suffer when we are not gripped by God’s character.)

D. with anticipation for God’s answer (2:1)  (Our prayers suffer when we are proud, stubborn, and impatient concerning God’s answer.)

II. Think Upon the Payday of God (2:2-20)

A. Consider the vision God reveals (2:2-3)

1. Its transmission – written and plain

2. Its trustworthiness (cf. Hebrews 10:37-38)

B. Consider the verdict God renders (2:4)

1. On those who trust in themselves

2. On those who trust in God (cf. Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)

C. Consider the vengeance God repays (2:5-20)

1. Description of the wicked (2:5)

2. Declaration against the wicked:  five woes – catalog of wrongs & corresponding retribution (2:6-20)

a. First set of woes

i. Plunder (2:6-8)

ii. Self-exaltation (2:9-11)

iii. Oppression (2:12-14)

b. But God’s glory will cover the earth (2:14)

c. Second set of woes

iv. Exploitation (2:15-17)

v. Idolatry (2:18-20)

d. But God is in His holy temple – let all be silent (2:20)

III. Triumph in the Person of God (3:1-19)

A. Plead with God in supplication (3:1-2)

1. Pray for revival

2. Pray for mercy

B. Praise God for His supremacy (3:3-15)

1. Remember His sovereignty over nature and nations

2. Remember His salvation for His people

C. Pursue God for satisfaction (3:16-19)

1. Recognize that circumstances are not guaranteed

2. Rejoice in the character of God

a. Rejoice in His salvation

b. Rejoice in His strength