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"Purchased By The Bridegroom"

posted Jul 22, 2018, 2:23 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Jul 22, 2018, 2:24 PM ]
Today's reading comes from Pastor Craig Burcham of 
Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Summit, Missouri. 

"Ruth the Moabites.... have I purchased to be my wife." Ruth 4:10

          In this verse, we read of the purchase of Ruth by the kinsman redeemer, Boaz, to be his wife. But I am reminded of another bride that was purchased by Hosea (Hosea 3:2). As I consider these two purchased brides, I am reminded of the church: "..which he had purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20:28). There are some wonderful truths we can discover in looking at these two bought brides.
        First, we see that Ruth was a stranger by her birth (Deut. 23:3). Likewise, we too are alienated by our birth (Ps. 51:5). Gomer was a sinner alienated by her behavior. So too, we are alienated from God by our behavior (Ecc. 7:20, Rom. 3:23).
        Ruth pictures man in his self-righteousness. Though she was a good woman (Ruth 2:11). She could not by her own efforts change her condition. Gomer pictures man in his sinful rebellion (Hosea 2:2-3). As Isaiah describes it, ".. we have turned every one to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6).
        Concerning Ruth, as a stranger, she found the bridegroom's compassionate favor (Ruth 2:10). "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men" (Titus 2:11). Regarding Gomer, as a sinner, she found the bridegroom's complete forgiveness offered to us today (Isaiah 1:18).
        Finally, these two brides remind us that no matter who you are (Ruth the Moabitess), or what you have done (Gomer the adultress), there is the promise of the Bridegroom, "..him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37) - CRaig Burcham
                July 22, 2018                                            
                                               From Your Friend & Pastor,
                                                                                       James H. Baker, Proverbs 3: 5-6