Sermon Quotes | "Hope Realized"
“Those who give themselves away outside marriage forfeit a depth of pleasure that only those know who wait for the Lord.” John Piper
“This is the narrator’s modest way of identifying a miracle; she who had been unable to bear a child for Mahlon has conceived for Boaz.” Daniel Block
“At one level, the message of the book of Ruth is that the life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there. The life of the godly is not an Interstate through Nebraska but a state road through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. There are rockslides and precipices and dark mists and bears and slippery curves and hairpin turns that make you go backward in order to go forward. But all along the hazardous, twisted road that doesn’t let you see very far ahead, there are frequent signs that say, ‘The best is yet to come.’ Taken as a whole, the story of Ruth is one of those signs. It was written to give us encouragement and hope that all the perplexing turns in our lives are going somewhere good. They do not lead off a cliff. In all the setbacks of our lives as believers, God is plotting for our joy.” John Piper
“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” Micah 5:2
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham…and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king…and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” Matthew 1
“He [God] is the Redeemer behind the human redeemer [Boaz] in Ruth and Naomi’s story. This is what the Lord has done for each of us. He is the redeemer behind each of our own personal salvation stories. He sought each of us while we were utterly lost…It’s not just Ruth’s story that turned out to be a much bigger narrative than she ever imagined. Your story and my story are also woven into the bigger tapestry of what God is doing in Christ Jesus.” Iain Duguid
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved…so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Eph. 2:4-7