Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr
Series Code: CGC
Program Code: CGC000004
01:12 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:14 Father in Heaven, we thank You once again for the privilege of
01:17 being here. And as we open Your Holy Word we ask that You will
01:23 reveal to us the wondrous things from the book of Genesis.
01:27 We ask that as we study about history's hidden conspiracy
01:31 that Your Holy Spirit will help us see that there is a history
01:36 being written behind history, and help us to understand how we
01:41 fit within this scenario.
01:43 We thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer,
01:45 for we ask it in Jesus' name, Amen.
01:48 I want to start out by saying that I do not believe very much
01:54 in conspiracy theories.
01:56 Every once in awhile I'll have people give me videos
02:00 and DVD's of people who have these conspiracy theories;
02:04 for example, about what happened on 9/11, about the idea that it
02:10 wasn't an airplane that crashed into the Pentagon,
02:13 and that really, you know, the Twin Towers actually had
02:18 dynamite within them and they imploded.
02:21 I'm not very high on this type of conspiracy theory,
02:25 to be honest with you.
02:26 But I can tell you one thing, and we're going to study this
02:29 tonight. There is a conspiracy behind the events of human
02:36 history, and I like to call it the mother of all conspiracies.
02:42 And this evening we're going to study about this conspiracy
02:47 that is taking place in the invisible world, where we can't
02:52 really see the movements that are taking place.
02:55 All we can see is the repercussions in the visible
02:58 world. We want to begin our study in the book of Job.
03:02 And basically, I need to tell you a few things about Job
03:07 before we read chapter 1 and verse 12.
03:10 There was a meeting that took place in heaven.
03:13 Very clearly Job chapter 1 describes this meeting.
03:17 And representing Planet Earth went Satan to that meeting.
03:22 And the subject of conversation in this Heavenly meeting turned
03:27 to Job, whom the Bible describes as a perfect man;
03:31 as a man who had departed from evil; as a righteous man.
03:36 And the conversation turned to this man who was in harmony
03:43 with God's will. And the devil basically accused God,
03:47 and he said, the reason why Job serves You, and is righteous,
03:50 and is Holy and perfect, is because You have not allowed
03:54 me to touch him. But if You allowed me to take what You have
03:58 given to him, he would blaspheme You in Your face.
04:00 And in Job 1:12 we find the experience about what God said
04:11 to Satan in this meeting.
04:14 If you'll turn with me there, Job 1:12. It says there:
04:39 And he came back to the earth, and in just a matter of a few
04:43 minutes he took everything that Job possessed.
04:48 In chapter 2 we find another Heavenly meeting.
04:51 By the way, Job said, God gave and God took away;
04:55 blessed be the name of the Lord.
04:56 He was half right. God gave, but God did not take away.
05:00 The devil took away.
05:01 But anyway, Job remained faithful to God.
05:04 So now another meeting takes placed in Heaven.
05:06 And once again the Sons of God are up there,
05:10 and they're gathered together before the throne of God,
05:14 and God says to Satan, Have you seen my servant Job,
05:19 that even though you turned Me against him,
05:21 and you took everything that he has,
05:23 he still conserves his integrity?
05:25 And the devil says, Oh, of course he does,
05:28 because You didn't let me touch him.
05:30 You let me take everything he had, but you didn't let me
05:32 touch him. If You would let me touch him he would blaspheme
05:36 You to Your face. So God said to Satan, (you can find this in
05:41 chapter 2 verses 1 and 2), you can go down to the Earth
05:45 and you can do anything you want with Job,
05:49 except take his life.
05:51 I will not allow you to take his life.
05:53 And so the devil goes out from the presence of the Lord,
05:56 comes to the Earth, and afflicts Job with boils from the tip
06:01 of his head, from the top of his head, to the plant of his feet.
06:05 And it got so bad that he had to scratch himself with a potsherd,
06:09 with a piece of pottery.
06:11 Now you can imagine how he was tearing up his body.
06:14 And yet as you read the book of Job, Job did not blaspheme God.
06:18 He did ask God questions; why this was happening to him,
06:21 but he did not blaspheme God.
06:23 Now Job did not understand what was happening to him.
06:27 He did not understand that what was happening on earth
06:30 was really a repercussion of a battle that was taking place
06:34 in the invisible world.
06:35 In other words, this historical event that Job was going through
06:39 was really caused by something that was happening beyond
06:44 history, behind history.
06:47 And so, basically, in this story we find that the events of human
06:52 history are repercussions, or results of movements that are
06:57 taking place in the invisible world; a controversy that's
07:01 taking place in the invisible world between God and Satan.
07:05 Now we find another example of this in 2 Chronicles 18:18-22,
07:13 2 Chronicles 18:18-22.
07:17 This is a very interesting story, and I'm going to dwell
07:21 on it just for a few minutes, because I feel that it shows,
07:24 once again, that earthly events are very closely related
07:29 with what takes place in the invisible world.
07:32 It just so happens that at this time, when 2 Chronicles 18
07:36 transpires, Israel had been divided into two kingdoms:
07:42 the ten tribes of the North, and the two tribes of the South.
07:45 And a certain day the king of the ten tribes of the North,
07:50 who was Ahab, and Jehoshaphat, the king of the two tribes of
07:53 the South, met in the city of Samaria, which was the capitol
07:57 of the kingdom of the North.
07:58 And when Ahab saw that Jehoshaphat was with him,
08:02 they were together now, Ahab came up with an idea.
08:05 He said this would be a golden opportunity for us to go
08:07 and fight against our common enemy, the Syrians,
08:11 because they were ascending in power.
08:13 And so Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, don't you think it would be
08:17 a good idea for us to go and fight against the Syrians
08:19 now that we're together?
08:20 We could beat them between us.
08:23 And, of course, Jehoshaphat was a good king,
08:26 and Ahab was a bad king, so Jehoshaphat says to Ahab,
08:29 don't you think it would be a good idea to consult a prophet
08:32 to find out if this is the Lord's will?
08:34 And Ahab says, Yah, that would be a good idea.
08:37 I have about 400 prophets that I can provide.
08:41 So the 400 prophets come and Ahab says to them,
08:44 now Jehoshaphat and I want to go to fight the Syrians.
08:49 Do you think that's a good idea or not?
08:51 And, of course, these prophets, they were paid by Ahab,
08:55 and so they say, Of course, O King, if you go to fight
08:57 against those Syrians you're going to defeat them,
09:00 and you're going to prevail.
09:02 But Jehoshaphat was a good king.
09:05 He wasn't too convinced, and so he says to Ahab, now don't you
09:10 have a prophet of the Lord around?
09:13 And king Ahab says, yes, I have one, but he's in the dungeon.
09:20 And Micaiah, who was the prophet in the dungeon,
09:26 was called to come before Ahab.
09:32 And Ahab says to Micaiah, Micaiah, Jehoshaphat and I want
09:39 to go to war against the Syrians.
09:41 Do you think this is a good idea or not?
09:44 And the answer that Micaiah gives to king Ahab appears to be
09:53 totally disconnected with the event that's taking place.
09:56 This is where I want to go: to 2 Chronicles 18, and I want to
10:02 begin reading at verse 18, 2 Chronicles 18:18.
10:08 Then Micaiah said:
10:30 In other words, who will entice Ahab to go to the battle
10:34 so that he gets killed?
10:35 And now notice that there's disagreement
10:38 in the Heavenly court. It says:
10:58 Now notice this:
11:10 Why did those prophets lie?
11:14 Why did they tell Ahab, go to battle; you're going to prevail?
11:19 because there was a spirit, a lying spirit, that actually
11:25 wanted Ahab to go to battle to be killed.
11:30 Now who was that spirit?
11:32 It can't be, by the way, the angels are called ministering
11:36 spirits. This was an angel, but he was not a good angel.
11:43 How do we know he wasn't a good angel?
11:46 Because the Bible says that he used lying as his method.
11:51 Now who is the father of lies, according to the Bible?
11:54 The father of lies is Satan.
11:57 Once again, we find that Ahab went to battle,
12:01 and he was killed. The earthly event was determined
12:07 by a Heavenly meeting.
12:09 We have a third example that I want to go to.
12:12 This one is found in Matthew 2:16, Matthew 2:16.
12:19 You know, I don't even think that I have to look that up.
12:21 It's talking about king Herod when the wise men came by
12:26 Jerusalem. Remember Herod said, Oh, find out where the child is
12:31 so that I can go and worship him.
12:35 And so the wise men said, Okay, we'll do that, and they left.
12:38 But then one of the wise men received a dream that Herod
12:41 wanted to kill the child, so they left in a different
12:44 direction. And it says there in Matthew 2:16:
12:53 And what did he do? He had all of the children two years
13:00 and under killed...
13:07 Now if you looked at this event; if you read the newspaper
13:10 for the next day, they probably didn't have newspapers
13:12 back then, but if you'd read the newspaper, you would have
13:15 a clipping that would say, Herod fearing that he would lose
13:21 his throne, killed all of the children in Bethlehem
13:25 two years and younger.
13:26 But let me ask you, what was the force or the power behind this
13:31 historical event? Go with me to Revelation 12.
13:35 You see, there is a conspiracy in human history.
13:38 There's a great battle going on between good and evil,
13:42 between Satan and God, and historical events are merely
13:46 a reflection of that battle that takes place in the invisible
13:50 world. Notice Revelation 12, and I want to read just verse 4.
13:57 Speaking about the dragon, it says:
14:12 Who wanted to see the Child dead?
14:14 According to this it was the dragon who is called the ancient
14:18 serpent, the devil, and Satan.
14:20 So that historical event: Herod killing all of the children
14:25 two years and younger, was actually a historical reflection
14:30 of a battle which was taking place in the invisible world.
14:34 In other words, there is a conspiracy going on in human
14:38 history. And that conspiracy involves the devil trying to
14:43 bring destruction upon the world.
14:46 Now go with me to Genesis 1:26 and examine what God's original
14:54 plan was for man. Genesis 1:26.
15:00 And there are two ideas that I want to underline here.
15:03 God is speaking about the creation of man, and He says:
15:15 That word means let them be kings, let them rule.
15:21 Dominion over what? Every king, every ruler has a realm over
15:27 which he or she rules.
15:42 In other words, God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth,
15:51 and everything relating to this earth.
15:54 Therefore we find it somewhat strange that in the book of
15:59 Job 1:6 that in that Heavenly meeting, where the Sons of God
16:05 come to present themselves before the Lord,
16:09 who comes among them?
16:11 It says, and Satan came among them.
16:14 And then God asks him, where do you come from?
16:17 And he says, well, from roaming up and down upon the earth.
16:23 That means, I have come from patrolling, or supervising,
16:28 or directing my territory.
16:30 Now what was the devil doing in that meeting?
16:34 And who should have really been in that meeting?
16:38 Well, lets take a look at what the Bible has to say
16:41 in Luke 4:16, Luke 4:16, actually verse 6.
16:48 We've read this verse before, but lets read it again.
16:51 Luke 4:6, not 16. It says: And the devil said to him,
17:00 to Jesus that is,...
17:15 What does the devil say here to Jesus?
17:18 I will give you all of the power and the kingdoms of the world,
17:22 because the kingdoms have been delivered unto me,
17:26 and to whomever I wish, I what? I give them.
17:30 Why did the devil feel he had a right to give these kingdoms
17:34 to Jesus? Because the devil had stolen them from whom?
17:38 He had stolen the kingdom from Adam.
17:42 In other words, the devil took from Adam two things that
17:47 God spoke of in Genesis 1:26: 1. He took from him kingship,
17:54 or dominion. 2. He took his inheritance: the Earth.
17:58 He stole the Earth. 3. It was God's plan that Adam and Eve
18:03 live forever; that their name never disappear
18:06 from human history. But as a result of sin, God said,
18:10 dust you are and to dust you shall return.
18:13 Your name will be erased from human history.
18:16 Three things that God had planned for Adam and Eve:
18:19 dominion, the earth as their inheritance, and living forever,
18:26 their name enduring forever.
18:28 And when the devil led them into sin he took dominion,
18:33 he stole the earth, and he brought death into the world.
18:37 And, of course, Adam and Eve deserved to have their name
18:40 blotted out once and for all from history,
18:44 never to arise again.
18:48 But as we've studied in our previous lecture, God, when Adam
18:53 and Eve sinned, went down to the garden and He spoke those famous
18:59 words to Satan. What are those words?
19:02 We've read them many times before.
19:18 That is the Seed of the woman.
19:26 In other words, God was saying, I'm going to send a Seed
19:29 to the world that is going to do battle with you,
19:31 and He's going to take away what you took away from Adam.
19:33 He's going to restore dominion.
19:37 He's going to restore the earth, and He's going to perpetuate
19:41 the names of Adam and Eve, and all of those who accept Him.
19:46 And as we notice in our previous lecture, the devil trembled when
19:52 he heard those words.
19:53 He said, I can't allow that Seed to come.
19:55 And the whole Old Testament is the story of Satan trying
20:00 to keep the Seed from coming, and God working to prepare
20:05 the world for the Seed to come.
20:07 And the devil uses two methods: he tries to kill the Seed,
20:10 and he tries to corrupt the lineage.
20:12 Throughout several events that we studied in the Old Testament
20:16 the devil is trying to corrupt the lineage of the Messiah
20:20 so that there is no Holy line from whom the Messiah can come,
20:23 or else he's trying to destroy the Seed, like in the case of
20:26 trying to totally uproot Israel in the days of Esther.
20:30 Get rid of all of the Jews, not because he hates the Jews,
20:33 but because he hates the Messiah that will come
20:36 from the Jewish nation.
20:38 And so God serves Satan notice.
20:40 He says, I'm going to send a Seed to the world.
20:42 He's going to do you battle, and He's going to defeat you.
20:45 He's going to crush your head.
20:46 And so the devil makes up his mind that he's not going to
20:49 allow the Seed to come.
20:51 Now in our lecture today we are going to study,
20:55 not from Genesis, Genesis has the background,
20:59 but we're going study a story from the Old Testament
21:03 which illustrates this central theme of Genesis 3:15.
21:07 I want to show you how all of the stories of the Old Testament
21:10 need to be seen within this framework, of this invisible
21:15 battle going on between Christ and Satan,
21:18 between God and Satan; God preparing the world
21:21 for the Messiah, and Satan trying to impede the possibility
21:25 of the Messiah from coming to the world.
21:27 Now I'm referring specifically to a four chapter book
21:31 which is called Ruth.
21:33 It's a wonderful story.
21:35 And so I invite you to turn in your Bibles with me to the book
21:38 of Ruth, and I need to give you a little bit of background
21:41 about this story. This story is taking place in the period of
21:46 the judges. It's right before the Hebrew monarchy.
21:51 In other words, before king David and Saul, and Solomon
21:56 begin to govern in Israel.
21:58 I also need to tell you that when this story takes place,
22:03 God had already prophesied in Genesis 49:10.
22:08 This is very important.
22:10 God had already prophesied in Genesis 49:10, which was written
22:15 by Moses approximately in the year 1500 B.C., that the Messiah
22:20 would come from the tribe of Judah.
22:23 That's very important.
22:25 In other words, at this point it was known that the Messiah
22:29 would come from the tribe of Judah, because God had said
22:33 the scepter will not depart from Judah until Shiloh, the peace
22:38 giver comes. In other words, at this point the devil knew
22:41 that the Deliverer, that the promised Seed was going
22:45 to belong to the tribe of Judah.
22:48 That a very, very important detail.
22:50 Now let's go to the book of Ruth 1:1, 2, Ruth 1:1, 2. It says:
23:22 It continues saying:
23:47 Now we can imagine this family, this very happy family,
23:51 the family of Elimelech and Naomi, living in Bethlehem
23:55 Ephrata, as it says here in verse 2.
24:00 But suddenly calamity strikes.
24:02 According to these verses, a terrible famine afflicted
24:07 the land. Now immediately we ask the question,
24:10 who caused this famine?
24:15 You know, in scripture it's not God who causes these natural
24:18 disasters. The book of Job shows us that these disasters
24:22 are caused by whom?
24:23 They are allowed by God, but they are caused by Satan.
24:26 So this famine must have been caused by Satan for some reason.
24:31 And we don't have to guess, because we're told in the verses
24:36 that we just read, that as a result of the famine,
24:40 Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their two sons had to immigrate
24:46 to Moab. Now for those of you who don't know very much about
24:52 Moab, allow me to tell you that Moab was one of the most corrupt
24:56 and iniquitous nations in antiquity.
24:59 Moab originated in the days of Lot, as a result of an
25:05 incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his daughters.
25:09 When Israel was about the enter the promised land the men of
25:13 Israel were enticed by the harlots of Moab to worship
25:16 strange Gods, and to commit adultery, and fornication,
25:21 and as a result 23,000 of the cream of the crop of Israel
25:25 died as a result of that sin.
25:28 It was a corrupt nation just East of the land of Israel.
25:33 Now the question is, why would Satan want the family of
25:37 Elimelech, by the way, he was from the tribe of Judah,
25:43 to immigrate to Moab, which was such an iniquitous place?
25:48 Well, allow me to give you an analogy of another story that
25:53 we find in scripture, which shows us the reason why.
25:56 The story of Joseph.
25:57 Do you remember we studied the story of Joseph?
25:59 You know, if anybody got a raw deal, it was certainly Joseph.
26:04 I mean he was a good kid.
26:05 You read the story. He wasn't a bad kid.
26:07 I mean he was a little bit too close to his father,
26:12 as compared to his brothers.
26:13 You know his father favored him above his brothers,
26:16 but he was a good kid.
26:17 He was an obedient child.
26:18 And in spite of his faithfulness, he's sold into
26:23 slavery by his brothers.
26:24 You know, Joseph could have said, wow, you know what,
26:26 I'm faithful to God and look what happens to me.
26:29 You know, I'm sold into slavery.
26:31 What's it worth to be loyal to God?
26:33 But things got worse, because it tells us that he went to work
26:38 in the house of Potipher, who was one of the higher ups in the
26:42 kingdom for the Pharaoh.
26:44 And the wife of Potipher came one day, actually several days,
26:51 but one day she came and tried to entice him to have sexual
26:54 relations with her, and Joseph said absolutely not.
27:00 She tore off his clothes; he fled.
27:03 And you know the rest of the story.
27:05 Because of his faithfulness he ended up in jail.
27:09 Now if he hadn't doubted about God before this, you know,
27:13 he probably thought, here I'm faithful to God,
27:16 and I'm obedient to Him.
27:18 I'm sold into slavery.
27:20 Now I'm faithful to God by not breaking the commandment,
27:24 you shall not commit adultery, and I end up in jail.
27:27 What kind of justice is there?
27:30 What is it worth to serve God?
27:32 But Joseph had made up his mind that even though he didn't
27:35 understand the historical circumstances that were going
27:38 on, God had a plan.
27:40 And he was going to be faithful to God because God eventually
27:44 would show him the plan.
27:45 And, of course, we all know what the plan was.
27:48 In jail Joseph met the baker, and the cup bearer of Pharaoh.
27:58 And to make a long story short, the cup bearer and the baker had
28:03 dreams. The baker, of course, became ancient history.
28:05 But the cup bearer, Joseph told him, you're going to get out of
28:10 jail, and you're going to serve Pharaoh's wine again.
28:14 Just when you get out, remember me.
28:17 And, of course, the cup bearer goes out of the jail,
28:20 and he totally forgets.
28:21 I like to call this divine amnesia.
28:23 It wasn't time yet. It wasn't the moment yet.
28:27 And so two years later Pharaoh has these two dreams
28:30 that basically meant that there were going to be seven years
28:33 of plenty, and then there were going to be seven years
28:35 of famine. And Joseph says to Pharaoh, you know you need to
28:40 find somebody who will make provision during the years of
28:42 plenty, and store the goods of the land, so the people don't
28:46 stave to death when the seven years of famine come.
28:48 And, of course, Pharaoh says, who better than you?
28:51 Now the tables were turning.
28:54 Now we're discovering the reason for what happened to Joseph;
28:58 why God allowed Joseph to go down into Egypt;
29:00 why God allowed Joseph to end up in jail
29:03 where he would meet the cupbearer;
29:04 why the cupbearer forgot Joseph for two years,
29:08 until Pharaoh had the dreams.
29:10 You see a hand of divine providence leading these events.
29:14 And then, of course, I can't tell you the whole story,
29:18 because we have to study the book of Ruth tonight,
29:20 but to make a long story short, at the end of the story
29:25 when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers,
29:28 by the way, his brothers came after two years because
29:31 they were already suffering hunger.
29:33 Can you imagine what it would have been like
29:35 seven years later after the famine began?
29:38 What would have happened to Jacob and his family?
29:41 They would have been wiped out.
29:43 Who do you suppose wanted them wiped out?
29:45 Satan! Why would Satan want them wiped out?
29:48 Because Satan knew that from Jacob the Seed would come.
29:55 And, in fact, as we read in our study last time,
29:59 in Genesis 45:7, 8 Joseph says to his brothers, don't cry,
30:04 for the Lord has sent me down to Egypt ahead of you
30:09 to preserve a posterity in the earth.
30:13 Other translations say, to preserve the Seed in the earth.
30:17 And so this famine had a purpose;
30:20 to starve Jacob and his family.
30:23 But God knew the end from the beginning, so He sent Joseph
30:27 down into Egypt so that the Seed would be preserved.
30:32 The same is happening here in the story of Ruth.
30:35 The devil says, well, if I send Elimelech and Naomi,
30:38 and the two sons; they're from the tribe of Judah.
30:41 Evidentially He saw something special in this family.
30:43 If I send them over there, they're going to get corrupted
30:47 with the Moabites, and I won't have to worry about them
30:49 bringing any Seed into the world.
30:51 But, you know, the plan worked out better than what the devil
30:54 had anticipated, because notice that in the book of Ruth 1
31:00 it tells us that Elimelech died while they were in Moab.
31:04 So the devil is saying, well, that takes care of Elimelech.
31:08 No seed from Elimelech, but I still have these two sons.
31:13 Do you know whom the two sons married?
31:16 They married Moabite women, contrary to what God had told
31:23 the Israelites to do.
31:24 Who do you suppose enticed them to marry women from Moab?
31:29 You see, we're dealing with the conspiracy behind history.
31:33 There's an agenda that's going on beyond history in this story.
31:38 We have to read this story with enlightened eyes,
31:40 in the light of Genesis 3:15.
31:43 The devil is trying to keep the Seed from coming.
31:46 He says, if I can get these two sons to marry these women,
31:49 from Moab, they're going to lose their identity.
31:52 But the plan worked better for the devil than he thought,
31:56 because it tells us in the book of Ruth 1:6 the following:
32:03 actually, it's chapter 1, and verse 4.
32:06 We'll go to verse 6 in a moment.
32:07 It says, Now they took wives of the women of Moab;
32:10 the name of the one was Orpah,..
32:13 not Oprah, folks... Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth:
32:18 and they dwelt there about ten years.
32:20 Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died; so the woman survived
32:26 her two sons and her husband.
32:28 So basically the devil says, the heirs are wiped out.
32:33 The Seed is wiped out from this family.
32:35 There's not going to be any Seed coming, because Elimelech,
32:38 from the tribe of Judah, and his two sons are dead.
32:42 Mission accomplished!
32:44 But God is writing this story.
32:47 God is working behind the scenes to bring the Seed
32:51 into the world. Notice chapter 1 and verse 6. It says:
33:10 In other words, she says to her daughters-in-law,
33:12 I'm going to go back to Judah.
33:15 I'm going to go back to Bethlehem where I came from,
33:18 because I've heard that there's bread there.
33:20 I have no reason to stay here.
33:21 My husband is dead, and my sons are dead.
33:23 The Lord has worked against me.
33:26 She says, I'm going to go back, even though I don't have
33:28 an inheritance; even though I don't have any place to live;
33:31 even though I don't have anybody to carry on the family name.
33:35 I'm still going to go back to Bethlehem Ephrata.
33:38 I'm still going to go back to Judah.
33:40 And so she gathers her two daughters-in-law together,
33:45 and she gives them this news.
33:47 Now notice Ruth 1:16, 17.
33:51 By the way, Orpah says, okay, I'm going to go back to my
33:56 people. I'm going to go back to my gods.
33:58 But Ruth was different.
34:00 Chapter 1 and verse 16 and 17.
34:05 It says here, and we all have heard these words before:
34:08 But Ruth said,...
34:25 Now notice this; very important.
34:32 In other words she's saying, I am disenfranchising myself
34:37 from being a Moabite, and I am incorporating myself into the
34:43 lineage of Israel. She's becoming an Israelite
34:49 according to her own admission.
34:51 And then in verse 17 she says:
35:05 Now I find it very interesting that the Lord has led Naomi
35:11 all the way to Moab.
35:14 The devil has thought that in this way he's going to corrupt
35:21 the seed so that the promised Seed cannot come, but as they go
35:27 to the land of Moab now God actually takes this Moabite
35:32 woman, Ruth, and brings her back to Bethlehem Ephrata.
35:37 This is a very, very important event,
35:40 we're going to see later on in this story.
35:42 Now they get together, Ruth and Naomi.
35:50 They go back to Bethlehem, and when they arrive
35:54 the people in Bethlehem are really in turmoil
35:57 because Naomi's been gone for a long time.
35:59 Let's notice chapter 1 and verses 19 and 20.
36:04 It says: Now the two of them went until they came to
36:11 Bethlehem. That's important: to Bethlehem.
36:13 And it happened, when they had come to Bethlehem,
36:17 that all the city was excited because of them,
36:21 and the woman said, Is it Naomi?
36:24 But she said to them,
36:29 The word Naomi means pleasant.
36:35 Which means bitter.
36:42 Isn't this interesting?
36:44 She's complaining against God.
36:46 She says, God has dealt very bitterly with me.
36:49 If she only knew what God had in store, and the reason for
36:54 everything, she would have done like Joseph.
36:56 She would have said, I don't understand why all of this took
36:59 place, but I'm going to trust the Lord.
37:01 The Lord has a plan.
37:03 But she didn't. Verse 21:
37:23 She's blaming God for her calamities.
37:27 And, by the way, at this time she has no inheritance.
37:32 She doesn't have any place to live.
37:33 Furthermore, she has no one to carry on the family name,
37:40 the lineage. Her name, the name of Elimelech and his sons
37:45 is going to disappear from history.
37:47 And furthermore, instead of being Lord over her heritage,
37:54 now she's practically a slave, because she has to depend on
37:57 everybody else to sustain her.
38:00 In other words, she's lost everything.
38:02 But now God is going to turn the tables.
38:05 Notice chapter 1 and verse 22.
38:23 By the way, the barley harvest is at the time of Passover,
38:26 so it's approximately the months of April or May.
38:30 It's very significant that they came back at this particular
38:33 time, the time of the barley harvest.
38:35 Now before I continue telling this story, I need to share
38:39 with you something about the Hebrew laws of redemption.
38:42 God gave certain laws to Israel that if someone sold his
38:46 inheritance, or if someone sold himself into slavery,
38:50 or if a man died and had no one to carry on the family name,
38:54 the seed, there was a way in which the inheritance could be
38:58 recovered, freedom could be recovered, and the name could
39:01 be perpetuated. Let's notice the book of Leviticus 25:25,
39:08 Leviticus 25:25. Here we find what would happen if a person
39:15 sold his inheritance.
39:17 In other words, his land.
39:19 Chapter 25 and verse 25. It says this:
39:32 You notice the word some is in italics.
39:35 It's not in the Hebrew.
39:36 Actually, it says,...
39:46 By the way, the word redeemed there means to recover
39:49 by paying a price.
39:55 Who needed to redeem what a next of kin, or brother sold?
40:01 It had to be a close relative who could pay the price,
40:08 and buy back what had been sold.
40:10 Now notice what would happen if an individual sold himself
40:14 into slavery. Chapter 25, and verses 48 and 49, 25:48, 49.
40:22 It says here:
40:47 Of course he couldn't redeem himself,
40:49 because he'd sold himself.
40:51 How could he redeem himself?
40:53 That's a hypothetical statement.
40:54 But you notice that in order to redeem the lost inheritance,
40:57 and in order to be redeemed from slavery, from servant hood,
41:02 a next of kin had to pay the price to buy back freedom,
41:07 and to buy back the lost inheritance.
41:10 And because of scarcity of time, I might mention
41:13 Deuteronomy 25:5. We won't look for it right now,
41:17 but it said there that if somebody,
41:19 if a wife had a husband with no seed who could carry on the
41:25 family name, the brother of the dead husband,
41:30 or one of the close relatives was required to marry the wife
41:38 who had been left without a husband, so that the family
41:41 name, so that the family seed could be carried on.
41:44 Now I find these laws of redemption very interesting.
41:48 You could buy back the sold inheritance.
41:50 You could buy back freedom.
41:53 You could perpetuate the family name.
41:56 And a next of kin had to do it; a blood brother, if you please.
42:01 Now we can continue with the story of Ruth 2:1, 2.
42:07 It says there was a relative of Naomi's husband.
42:12 Interesting isn't it?
42:34 Notice this was not Naomi's idea.
42:35 Naomi didn't say, hey, go over to Boaz's field to see if maybe
42:39 he likes you, and he'll get married to carry on Elimelech's
42:42 name. The idea did not come from Naomi.
42:45 In fact we're going to find that Ruth ends up in the field
42:49 of Boaz by coincidence; actually it's providence.
42:53 So it says in verse 2, so Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi,
42:58 Please let me go to the field, and glean
43:01 heads of grain after him...
43:09 Then she left and went and gleaned in the field after the
43:14 reapers: and she happened to come to the part of the field
43:19 belonging to Boaz. Some versions say, perchance, by coincidence,
43:27 she came and she was working in the fields of Boaz,
43:30 and you say, what's so great about that?
43:32 Well, Boaz was a next of kin of Elimelech, and as such,
43:40 according to the Hebrew laws of redemption,
43:42 he could pay the price to redeem the lost inheritance
43:45 and buy it back, to redeem Naomi from the servanthood
43:49 that she was in, and to perpetuate the family name.
43:53 A next of kin had to do that.
43:56 And to make a long story short, Boaz sees Ruth gleaning
44:03 the fields. By the way, when it says gleaning in the fields,
44:06 she's actually picking up what's left over after the reapers
44:10 have gone by. That shows how destitute they were,
44:12 because Hebrew law forbade the owners of fields to totally
44:19 harvest the fields. They had to leave a certain amount of the
44:22 grain in the field so that the poor could come to the fields
44:26 and pick up the grain so, that they could eat.
44:28 And so what Ruth is doing, she's gleaning what's left over.
44:33 In other words, this shows the destitute situation that Ruth
44:38 and Naomi were in. But then Boaz sees Ruth, starts asking about
44:43 her, and finds out that she's actually the relative now,
44:51 inherited by Naomi, who is Elimelech's wife.
44:55 And, of course, Boaz is related to Elimelech.
44:58 And Boaz says, You know, I will redeem what was lost.
45:05 I'll pay the price. But the problem is there was another
45:10 next of kin who was a closer relative of Elimelech than Boaz
45:14 was. Now isn't that interesting?
45:18 And so Boaz goes to him and he says, you know, you really,
45:22 technically are the one who is supposed to redeem
45:25 the lost possession. You are to redeem Naomi from the deplorable
45:29 condition that she's in.
45:30 You're supposed to pay the price so that the family name;
45:35 you're supposed to marry her so that the family name
45:36 is perpetuated. Are you willing to do it?
45:40 He says, well, you know, basically if you want me to
45:46 pay the price to buy back the inheritance, and if you want me
45:50 to deliver her from the deplorable situation that she's
45:53 in that would be fine.
45:56 I'm willing to pay the price, but when it comes to marrying
45:58 Ruth, I don't think so.
46:00 He didn't like the idea of marrying her because he wasn't
46:05 the right man. There was someone else who was the right man.
46:09 It was Boaz. And so the marriage took place.
46:16 Notice chapter 4, and lets read verses 9 and 10,
46:20 chapter, 4 verses 9 and 10.
46:22 And you should read the whole story.
46:23 It's a fascinating story.
46:24 It says there in verse 9:
47:05 In other words, he's saying, I'm going to buy back the lost
47:09 inheritance. I am going to put Naomi once again on a position
47:14 of rulership over the heritage, and I am going to perpetuate
47:19 the name of Elimelech so it is not erased from history.
47:25 But, you know, there was much more than meets the eye.
47:28 You see, Boaz was just looking at the restricted picture
47:34 that he was seeing at that very moment.
47:36 But there's much more to this story.
47:38 We don't know where this story is leading to until we get to
47:43 the very end of it.
47:45 Let's go to chapter 4, and let's begin reading at verse 13.
47:53 It says... So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife:
47:58 and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception,
48:03 and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi,
48:09 Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without
48:14 a close relative, and may his name be famous in Israel.
48:20 And may he be to you a restorer of life, and a nourisher of your
48:25 old age: for your daughter-in-law, who loves you,
48:29 who is better to you than seven sons, has born him.
48:33 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom,
48:38 and became a nurse to him.
48:56 Are you catching a glimpse of something very interesting
49:01 in this story? What the devil intended to do by exiling this
49:10 family from the tribe of Judah, hoping they would become
49:15 contaminated with the nations, gleeful because all of the men
49:19 in the family had died there; God actually sent that family
49:24 over to Moab so that they could come back with Ruth
49:30 to Bethlehem Ephrata so that Ruth could marry Boaz,
49:36 from whom, eventually, would come David, and from David
49:40 the Messiah. Does this help you see history
49:46 in a different light?
49:47 Now you know something, who would ever end a love story
49:52 with a genealogy? What an anti-climax, you know!
49:58 This story ends with a genealogy;
50:00 with a list of descendents.
50:02 Maybe we'd better take a look at that genealogy.
50:04 Let's go to chapter 4 and verse 28, actually verse 18.
50:11 Now this is the genealogy of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,
50:17 And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,
50:20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,
50:25 And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,
50:28 And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.
50:33 Now that's only a part of the genealogy.
50:37 Go with me to Matthew 1, Matthew 1 and lets read verses
50:44 3 through 6, Matthew 1:3-6.
50:49 It says here... Judas begat Phares and Zara by Tamar;
50:56 and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
50:59 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson;
51:02 and Naasson begat Salmon;...
51:14 Is that the same genealogy? Yes.
51:17 Let me ask you, who is at the very end of this genealogy?
51:20 Notice verse 16:
51:35 All of this story had one intention, and that was
51:40 to continue the Holy line from which the Messiah
51:44 would eventually come.
51:46 Probably many of us are acquainted with that text in
51:49 Micah 5:2 where it speaks about Bethlehem Ephrata being little
51:55 among the thousands of Judah.
51:57 Yet God says, Out of you shall come unto Me He who is to be
52:03 ruler in Israel. And then it says, whose goings forth
52:08 are from when? from everlasting.
52:13 Who was going to be born in Bethlehem?
52:16 The promised Seed; the Messiah.
52:19 And so you go full circle.
52:23 Elimelech and his family go to Moab, and Naomi brings Ruth
52:29 back to Bethlehem. And eventually in Bethlehem is born
52:34 Jesus, the Messiah. Now allow me to conclude by saying a few
52:41 things about Christ.
52:43 Do you know that there's no one within the human race
52:46 who can recover that which was lost, because all have sinned
52:51 and come short of the glory of God.
52:53 There is none righteous, no not one, we're told in Romans 3.
52:57 And so within the human race there was no one who could
53:02 recover the lost inheritance; there was no one who could
53:06 deliver humanity from slavery; there was no one who could
53:11 perpetuate the name of God's people, or perpetuate God's
53:15 people because everyone in humanity had become defeated
53:19 by Satan. The human race needed a Redeemer.
53:23 The human race needed a next of kin to restore the lost
53:28 possession; to recover the lost inheritance;
53:32 to deliver His people from slavery; and not only to
53:35 perpetuate their name, but to perpetuate them,
53:39 though they should die, through the resurrection from the dead.
53:43 The human race needed someone to fulfill that role.
53:47 Do you know that Jesus, before He became incarnate,
53:50 He could not fulfill that role, because before Jesus came a man
53:54 He was God. He belonged to a different family.
53:56 This is the real reason why Jesus took human flesh,
54:01 as it says in John 1:14.
54:04 It says, And the Word of God became flesh
54:10 and dwelt among us.
54:13 In other words, Jesus became our blood brother.
54:16 He became our next of kin, so that He could fulfill the Hebrew
54:21 laws of redemption; so that He could pay the price to buy back
54:25 the lost inheritance; so that Jesus could deliver us from the
54:29 slavery to sin that we had sold ourselves into; so that He could
54:33 perpetuate not our name, but so that he could perpetuate us
54:37 forever and ever. Jesus came to perform that.
54:41 The interesting thing is that, and we'll study this in our next
54:45 lecture; Do you know that the Bible says in Revelation 22:16
54:50 that Jesus is the father of David, and the son of David?
54:54 Now you try and explain that!
54:57 Let me ask you, can I be my sons father, and my son's son?
55:02 You say, that's ridiculous.
55:04 But Jesus, in scripture, is called the root of David,
55:08 and the offspring of David.
55:09 He's the root, or the father of David, because as God He
55:14 created David when He created Adam, because David comes from
55:19 Adam, and He's the son of David, when He incorporated Himself
55:25 into the human race.
55:26 And, by the way, that's the reason why Hebrews 2:14 says
55:32 that Jesus became like unto His brethren.
55:38 He took flesh in as much then as the children have partaken of
55:42 flesh and blood. He Himself likewise shared the same,
55:46 that through death He might overcome he who had the power
55:51 of death, that is Satan, and deliver those who through
55:55 fear of death had been held in life time bondage.
56:01 What did Jesus come to do?
56:03 He came to deliver His people from bondage to Satan
56:07 and to evil. Now this is a beautiful thing.
56:11 The only person who deserves to be called the Son of God
56:15 really is Jesus. We are Sons of Wrath according to the Bible.
56:21 But you know what happens?
56:23 When I receive Jesus as my Savior then Jesus is my brother.
56:29 And so Jesus comes to His Father and He says,
56:34 Father, I've got a new brother whom I bought the inheritance
56:41 back for; whose name I want to perpetuate forever;
56:46 whom I delivered from slavery to sin.
56:49 I have a new brother, Father.
56:50 And the Father says, and what's that brothers name?
56:53 Oh, Pastor Bohr. And the Father looks at Him and He says,
56:58 Pastor Bohr's your brother?
56:59 Well, if Pastor Bohr's your brother, then he's my son.
57:05 By becoming man Jesus paid the price to recover everything
57:11 that was lost. What the devil tried to do to derail the plan
57:15 of God in the days of Ruth, God used to eventually bring
57:20 the Seed into the world.
57:23 And Matthew 5 says we will inherit the earth very soon.