In this chapter of "The Story," we hear about Boaz acting as a guardian-redeemer for Ruth. It serves as a picture of what Christ has done for us.
In “The Story” we come to a 300-year period known as the period of the Judges. 700 years after God’s promise to Abraham, the people of God are in their own land, God is present in the Tabernacle, the law guides their life, and a sacrificial system exists for the forgiveness of sins. The people were truly blessed by God. But there is a problem. Sin. Sin still reigns in the hearts of the people. Sin raises its ugly head.
In the story, we find Israel facing an overwhelming challenge. After 600 years from God’s promise to Abraham to make him a great nation, the children of Israel are ready to advance into the Promised Land. But there is a big problem. There are wicked people living in the land and among those people are some literal giants. Moses had sent 12 spies in, only 2 had said to “GO,” the others said “NO” out of fear. So, they end up wandering around the desert for 40 years until all of the folks (except Caleb and Joshua) had died. The children of Israel are under a new leader, Joshua [Exodus 33:11], and they are at Kadesh-Barnea where 40 years earlier, they took a major wrong turn. Under Joshua, God tells the new generation to take the land. Joshua is told four times by God to “be strong and courageous.” Now is the time for courage!
Moses had led the people out of slavery and bondage in Egypt and they are on their way to the Promised Land. God's plan was clear: He would deliver the people and the people would trust and obey. But the people would forget, question, and rebel. This led to a 40-year detour on the way to the Promised Land. Israel had a lot to learn. So do we.
One of the main themes of God’s Upper Story is His passion to be with His people. Last week we looked at the true story of the Ten Plagues and how God used them to show us His name, His power, and His plan. He brought the Israelites out of Egypt and they begin their journey home, to the Promised Land. In today's sermon, we see the details that must be worked out in order for God to dwell among His people.
God uses the oppressive sinfulness of the Egyptians as an opportunity to reveal Himself in three distinct ways:
As we read through Joseph’s story today, look for two major themes: 1. His faithfulness to God, and 2. His trust in God’s sovereignty (all powerful, all knowing, controlling, absoluteness).
Throughout the second lesson in "The Story," we see Abraham model faith and obedience all the while giving glory to God for the blessings He gives.
Join us as we begin our journey through the greatest story ever told. We begin by looking at how God is the point of all of Scripture and He created us on purpose for a purpose.