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It Is Good To Remember

Ruth 1:1-6


 

1 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.

2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion — Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.

3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left, and her two sons.

4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years.

5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. NKJV

 

 

Introduction

What's the only Book in the Bible named for a gentle woman. You're right, it's Ruth. The Book of Ruth also is the only book in the Bible where a woman is the central character and the most predominate person in the Book.

 

In the text a famine caused a family to run away from the land blessed by God and reject His judgements.

 

Notice the general text about famines:

 

Eze 14:21-22 21 For thus says the Lord God: "How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem — the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence — to cut off man and beast from it? 22 Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it.

 

 

Mt 24:7-8 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. NKJV

 

Now follow this passage about Famine and tell me if it some of this is happening today in America?

 

Am 8:11-12 11 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord God, "That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 They shall wander from sea to sea, And from north to east;

They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,

But shall not find it. NKJV

 

Do you think there is a shortage of the word of God In America Today?

 

 

NOW, The Book of Ruth and 13 other Old Testament Books begin with the word, “NOW.”

 

Love Story and Story of Redemption

    Gracious book--No negative Genealogy of the Royal Family

 

Ru 4:18-22 18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon; 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David. NKJV

 

 

 

 

1. It Is Good To Remember Your Name In The Time of . . Famine. 1:1-2

1:1 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.

2 The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion — Ephrathites [EF ruh thites] of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.

 

Elimelech =           My God Is King.

Naomi =                My Pleasantness or the plesant One.

Mahlon =               Invalid, sickness,

Chilion =               Pining, Wasting away

 

          A.      Bethlehem = house of bread

                    1.      An exceptionally fertile area

                    2.      Bread without it, there can be no feast with it, there can be no famine

 

          B.      JUDAH = PRAISE

                    1.      Can we praise God for famine?

                    2.       IS HE PRAISED FOR PLENTY?

 

          C.      Went to Sojourn

                    1.       Live As A Stranger

                              a.       Man of God In A Pagan Society

                                         (1)     Burden and Stress

 

          D.      ELIMELECH - My God is King 2a

                    1..      Went away from the house of Bread

                    2.       Went away from the Tabernacle of God

                    3.       Lost His Life Looking For Livelihood

                    4.       He Found A Grave Where He Sought Life

 

 

Illustration

Alexander The Great came upon a soldier who was retreating from the battle. Alexander asked him his name and he said, “Alexander Sir.” Alexander told him to change his actions or change his name.

 

 

We can asked the man in this story What is your name and hear Elimelech. Doesn’t Elimelech mean my God is King? Yes, well change your actions or change your name!

 

Men and women of the church what is your name? Christian, what does that mean? Christ Like ones. Do we need to change our conduct?

 

Remember Your Name In The Time of . . Famine. 1:1-2

 

 

          E.      Don’t Allow A Famine Of . . Piety. 1:1a

1:1 Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled,

 

                    1.       Jdg 21:25 Last Verse in Judges 25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.NKJV

                    2.       Anything like today?

                              a.       No Absolutes, except no absolutes.

 

          F.      Work Through A Famine Of . . Provisions. 1:1b

“that there was a famine in the land.

 

Illustration

As a child in elementary school my mom sent me to the corner grocery store to buy 10 cents worth of a lunch meat called servealot. The butcher made fun of my request and repeated loudly and said, “you can’t serve a lot on a dime.”

 

          G.      Don’t Allow A Famine Of . . Praise. 1:c

“And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab,

 

          1.       How you going to go worship in Moab? Ps 108:9

                    9 Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe;

                    Over Philistia I will triumph." NKJV

                    a.       Does America Need To recapture the proper spirit of worship?

 

Illustration

A lady received a note that her son was killed in prison. She asked herself how can that be? God told me my son would repent, give his life to the Lord and preach the gospel. She went into her bedroom and opened her Bible and the letter from prison. She asked God what is right? Your promise to me or this letter.

 

She got up off her knees and wrote the prison they made a mistake, and they had. Her son later was saved and preached the gospel.

 

          H.      Don’t Allow A Famine Of . . Parental Guidance. 1:1d - 2

“. . . he and his wife and his two sons. 2 The name of the

          man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the

          names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion —

          Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the

          country of Moab and remained there.

 

 

Illustration           Some Rules for Raising Children

          *        Take them to church and demonstrate your faith at home.

 

          *        Let them see the importance of your Faith in your life.

 

          *        Demonstrate Obedience To God’s Word.

 

          *        Show your love. Every day, tell your children: "I love

 

                    you. You're special to me." Give lots of hugs and kisses.

          *        Listen when your children talk. Listening to your children tells them that you think they're important and that you're interested in what they have to say.

 

          *        Make your children feel safe. Comfort them when they're scared. Show them you've taken steps to protect them.

 

          *        Provide order in their lives. Keep a regular schedule.

 

          *        Praise your children. When your children learn something new or behave well, tell them you're proud of them.

 

 

          *        Criticize the behavior, not the child.

 

          *        Be consistent. If two parents are raising a child, both need to use the same rules.

 

          *        Spend time with your children. What children want most is your attention. Bad behavior is usually an attempt to get your attention.

 

Application

 

When there is famine in the land teach your family we can trust the Lord, we can depend on God.

 

                    Remember what major events can teach you.

 

When Provision are scarce

 

1. Piety, 2. Parental Guidance, and 3. Praise do not have to be scarce.

 

 

 

 

2. It Is Good To Remember God’s Wisdom In Time Of . . Fatalities. 1:3-5

3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left,

and her two sons. 4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

 

A.      The Fatality Of The . . Husband. 1:3

3 Then Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died; and she was left,

and her two sons.

 

 

B.      The Fatality Of The . . Sons. 1:4-5

          4 Now they took wives of the women of Moab: the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth. And they dwelt there about ten years. 5 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived her two sons and her husband.

 

 

Illustration

Has death taken you by surprise? Come and hear LaRissa Mell Tonight.

 

 

Application

 

LaRissa lost her husband and one of her daughters in a tragic car wreck. She acts more like her God is king than did Elimelech.

 

 

 

 

3. It Is Good To Remember Where Your Home Is When You Feel . . Forsaken. 1:6

 

6 Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from

the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. NKJV

 

          A.      Faith to Return to God v6

 

                    Country and Western Song:  Away From Home; Away From Home; I’m tired and all alone and I wanna go Home; But I’m still 500 miles away from Home

 

                    1.       Why Live In MOAB when you can go Home

                               a.       Back to Bethel

                              b.       Back to Bethlehem

 

                    2.       Do you need to return today?

                              a.        v6 “For she had heard”

                                         (1)     FAITH COMES BY HEARING

 

          B.      Faith to bring others with you

                    1.       If you return, what effect will it have on others?

 

 

Ro 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. NKJV

 

 

 

It Is Good To Remember