Redemption in Bethlehem (Ruth 4:1-11a)

Redemption in Bethlehem (Ruth 4:1-11a)

Main idea: The costly gift of redemption should compel us to glorify our Redeemer.


  1. The context of redemption (Ruth 4:1-4)
  2. The costliness of redemption (Ruth 4:5-6)
  3. The contrast of two redeemers (Ruth 4:7-11)
    • One redeemer was willing to carry out his redemptive obligations only insofar as it was beneficial to him; the other was willing to do so at his own personal expense (vv. 5-6, 9-10)
    • One redeemer was subjected to public shame; the other received public praise (vv. 7-8, 11)
    • One redeemer went unnamed; the other did not

Secondary sources cited:

  • Iain M. Duguid, Esther and Ruth, REC (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2005).
  • Christopher Ash, Teaching Ruth and Esther, FTM (Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2018).
  • David Strain, Ruth & Esther: There is a Redeemer and Sudden Reversals, FOTB (Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, 2018).
  • Peter H. W. Lau, The Book of Ruth, NICOT (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2023).
  • (Song) Steve and Vikki Cook, “I Will Glory in My Redeemer.”

Order of Service (Feb 18, 2024)