There is danger when preaching from a book such as Ruth or Esther to focus exclusively on the characters in the story. What few messages I have heard preached from Ruth that has usually been the emphasis. The danger is that we examine the lives of the characters in the book while we miss out on the Main Character of every book of the Bible and that of course is God.
That is not to say that the characters in the book don’t have something to teach us because certainly they do. But the book of Ruth isn’t really about Ruth or Naomi or even Boaz rather it is about God and His providence demonstrated in individual lives as he works for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose which is the creation of a diverse family of which Jesus Christ will be the preeminent One. [Read more…]