“From the Cradle To The Cross…. The Path To the Redeemer”

Lenten Worship Series 2022

USA Southern Territory

Major Karen Lyle 

Ruth 4: 1 – 10

                                                          

In the great United States of America, we seem to have a “National” day for just about anything under the sun.  I looked it up on the Internet – so you know it must be true – National days we celebrate in the month of March.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

 

* National Dadgum That’s Good day

* National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

* National Cheese Doodle Day

* National Oreo Cookie day

* National Get Over It day

* National Earmuff Day

* National Everything You Think Is Wrong day

* National Goof Off day

 

……and the list goes on and on and on!!

 

One last day I want to mention is National Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday.  Many of you will know it by other names such as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.  This is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday or the season of Lent.

 

The Lenten Season, according to Mary Fairchild, is a season of spiritual preparation that proceeds Easter or Resurrection Sunday.  “In Western churches, many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.”  The purpose of this season is to “set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ” – His birth, life, suffering, sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection.  We cannot forget about the 40 days after Resurrection Sunday where Jesus appeared to some 500 people before He ascended back to the Father.

 

40 days of the Lenten season is based on “two episodes of spiritual testing in the Bible:

  1. 40 years the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness after being delivered out of bondage (slavery) to Egypt.
  2. 40 days Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by Satan just before His public ministry began.

 

This season in the life of Jesus prompted many in the church to use Lent as a time of fasting or giving up food and drink in order to be drawn into closer relationship with the Savior…..our Redeemer.

 

  1. A Hebrew name for God, found in the books of Leviticus and Ruth, is Jehovah – Goel or God, Our Kinsman Redeemer.”

 

  1. The word Goel means to “redeem, receive, or buy back.”

 

Provision was made in the Law of Moses for a poor person, who was forced to sell property or themselves into slavery, in order to satisfy a debt.

 

His nearest kin or closest relative could step in and “buy back” was his relative was forced to sell.  “The kinsman redeemer was a rich benefactor, or person who frees the debtor by paying the ransom price.” (See Leviticus 25:25)

 

“The nearest of kin had the responsibility of redeeming his kinsman’s lost opportunities.  If a person was forced into slavery, his redeemer purchased his freedom.  When debt threatened to overwhelm him, the kinsman stepped in to redeem his homestead and let the family live.  If a family member died without an heir, the kinsman gave his name by marrying the widow and rearing a son to hand down his name.  When death came at the hands of another man, the redeemer acted as the avenger of blood and pursued the killer” (See Numbers 35 and Deuteronomy 19).

 

There is a beautiful love story found in the Old Testament book of Ruth.  Although the name of God is never specifically mentioned, the name Goel runs a thread through the pages of the historical 4 chapters that leave us with a vivid mental picture of what it means to be bought with a price.

 

  1. Naomi traveled to the land of the Moabites with her husband and sons.  All of them lost their lives in the area and Naomi was left with nothing…no one to take her in and no one to help carry the financial burden of her family’s financial obligations.

 

She longed for her homeland, Israel, and took her daughter-in-law, Ruth, with her in hopes of a kinsman taking them in.  The closest relative was willing to buy the land but not fulfill the family responsibilities, so it went to the next in line.  Boaz was not only financially wealthy, he was willing to take care of the women and satisfy the law of the land.

 

  1. Basically, four criteria needed to be met in order for Naomi and Ruth to enter into the family of Boaz:

 

  1. He must be the nearest of kin.
  2. He must have the means to redeem.
  3. He must be free of any need of redemption for himself.
  4. He must be willing to redeem.

 

Redemption of property and people was satisfied when the price or debt was completely paid (Leviticus 25:27).

 

  1. Jesus is our Goel.  Our Kinsman Redeemer.

 

 

  1. Jesus is my nearest kinsman through the incarnation.

 

The scriptures are rich, verse after verse, telling us what Jesus did in order to become human.  He wrapped himself in human flesh so He would know everything that we experience in a lifetime.  Here are just a few to look at up your leisure:

 

Romans 8:3, John 1:14, Hebrews 2:17, Philippians 2:7

 

Jesus is our nearest kinsman and has the right to purchase, buy back, all that sin took from us…. our relationship with the Trinity.

  

  1. Jesus is willing to redeem us.

 

My husband tells a story of when he was a young boy growing up in Texas.  “Back in the day…”, he used to be able to find and clean up soda bottles and take them back to a store location and get 5 cents for each on in good condition.  It became his mission to find as many soda bottles as possible in order to buy a 25-cent piece of candy.  He knew he needed a minimum of 5 bottles to get his favorite treat for the day.

 

Jesus was willing to put His life on the line as payment for our sin in order to reconcile us back to the Father.  How precious we are to Him that He would pay our debt to sin in order to bring freedom to our souls.

 

I love the scripture found in Mark chapter 10 verse 45:

 

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

 

The sacrifice that was made by Jesus, for the whosoever, was voluntary.  A pure sacrifice and “obedient payment to effect the release of slaves or captives from bondage.”

 

The scripture tells us that Jesus willingly laid His life down for the world.  We read in John 10: 17 and 18 these very words from the mouth of Jesus:

“For this reason, the Father loves me because I lay down My life so that I may take it up again.  No one has taken if away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative.  I have the authority to lay it down and I have the authority to take it up again.  This commandment I received from my Father.”

  

  1. Jesus has the power to redeem us.

 

The scriptures tell us, with all certainty, that Jesus was born in the flesh; lived a sinless life while being the greatest example of how to glorify God; suffered and died to release us from the penalty of sin…. death; was raised on the 3rd day, and ascended to the Father to complete the redemption plan.

 

Jesus conquered death with His life.  Not only are we free from the penalty of sin…. we are free from the power of sin.

 

***Feel free to expound with other scripture texts.  There are many!!

 

                   (Well before the sermon is given, pick someone from your congregation who has experienced a mighty moving of God’s power in their lives that released them from personal bondage.  This can be your illustration for this point.  If you have an ARC close by, invite one of the men to come and give their testimony of being purchased into God’s family through the blood of Jesus.  We have done this before, and it is powerful!!)

  

d.  Jesus has paid the price in full and we have received redemption.

 

My husband and I just recently sold our home in Tennessee.  Up until this point, we had to make a monthly payment to the bank that held the Deed to the property until the money borrowed was paid off.  In August, we sold our home and paid the bank back completely.  It was so refreshing to receive in the mail a statement that said the house was “Paid in Full.”  No other payments would need to be made.  The debt was satisfied.

I am reminded of the song says:

“Jesus paid it all.  All to Him I owe.  Sin had left a crimson stain.  He washed me white as snow.” 

Let’s run into the arms of our Goel, our Kinsman Redeemer, and plead to be covered with His blood, mercy, and grace. 

   

Song for Time of Commitment/Rededication

 

There is a redeemer
Jesus, God’s own son
Precious lamb of God, Messiah
Holy one

Jesus my redeemer
Name above all names
Precious lamb of God, Messiah
Oh, for sinners slain.

Thank you oh my father
For giving us your son
And leaving your spirit
‘Til the work on earth is done.

When I stand in glory
I will see his face
And there I’ll serve my king forever
In that holy place.

Thank you oh my father
For giving us your son
And leaving your spirit
‘Til the work on earth is done.

Citations:

 

Pounds, Will (2018) Our Kinsman Redeemer.

New American Standard Version of The Bible

Fairchild, Mary (2020). www.learnreligions.com/what-is-lent

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