Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week he covers Matthew 1:5.
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
MATTHEW’S THREE BIG IDEAS
- Jesus is the Messiah, the prophesied descendant of Abraham and David.
- Jesus is the New Moses, the new authoritative prophet, mouthpiece of God, teacher of the Law, in fact He’s even better than Moses.
- Jesus is God. He is Immanuel, God with us.
Remember, Matthew is writing primarily to a Jewish audience, very familiar with the Old Testament so he quotes the Old Testament frequently.
Salmon the father of Boaz (by Rahab), Boaz the father of Obed (by Ruth), Obed the father of Jesse, ~ Matthew 1:5
NAOMI, RUTH & BOAZ
But Ruth replied (to Naomi), “Stop urging me to abandon you! For wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you live, I will live. Your people will become my people, and your God will become my God. Wherever you die, I will die—and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I do not keep my promise!
Only death will be able to separate me from you!” ~ Ruth 1:16-17
NAOMI REFERS TO BOAZ
… “This man is a close relative of ours; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.” ~ Ruth 2:20b
גָּאַל (gaʾal) (HEBREW)
Guardian-Redeemer AKA Kinsmen Redeemer
The Law required close relatives to have the moral and legal obligation to serve as guardian and redeemer of the family interest, caring for widows and orphans especially so.
RUTH TO BOAZ
“Cover me with the corner of your garment” = “Cover me with your wings.”
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Your wings. ~ Psalm 17:8
Ruth is asking Boaz: “Take me as your wife, for in your protection, I will find God’s provision and protection.”
Boaz, as guardian-redeemer would purchase back Elimelech’s land for Naromi, marry Ruth, provide for her and Naomi, and their first son together would legally be the heir of Elimelech and Chilion, while also being adopted by Boaz.
Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.” ~ Ruth 4:11-12
The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.” Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. ~ Ruth 4:14-17a
BOAZ IS LIKE JESUS
Boaz, a Jew, descended from Judah, born in Bethlehem, great-grandfather of King David, who sent workers into his fields to harvest. A wealthy man who obeyed the Law to the letter, Became the kinsman-redeemer of both Jew and Gentile, (Jewish Naomi and Moabite Ruth) and made Ruth his bride.
Jesus, a Jew, descended from Judah, born in Bethlehem, a descendant of Boaz, a descendant of David. Sends His laborers into His fields to work, to spread the Gospel, to plant seeds of the Good News and to bring about the harvest of eternal souls into the new Kingdom of God. Obeyed the Law to the letter. Wealthy in righteousness, He pays our sin debt. Receives, welcomes and redeems both Jews and Gentiles. Makes us, the church, His bride.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”) ~ Galatians 3:13
But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. ~ Galatians 4:4-5
Obed = A servant, a workman
Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest-ready fields.” ~ Matthew 9:37-38
ἐργάτης – ergatés (GREEK)
a field-laborer. a workman, a servant