Sermon for Nov. 19th, 2017
Everything about the story of Ruth is wrong, but God turns it around to make it right. Naomi and her husband should never have gone to Moab – a foreign country with false gods. Their two sons were not supposed to marry outside of Israel, but they marry Moabite women. Ruth should have stayed in Moab where she could have relied on extended family. Boaz is the son of a prostitute that helped the spies when they came into Jericho. Everything is wrong……yet God turns it all around. Boaz marries Ruth, redeems the land of her father in-law, her late husband, and her late husband’s brother. They have a son who then has a son, Jesse. Jesse is the father of David and then 28 generations later – Jesus! Are you kidding me? The whole story if fanciful. Could even wonder if it was contrived, except for the fact that it was written before anyone knew the name of David, much less Jesus. God did not condone any of the sinful behavior in this story, but he used it just the same. If he can do that just think of what he can do with your life.
Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.