Chapters two and three are similar in that each centers on an intimate conversation between Ruth and Boaz - one in a public setting during the day, another in private at night. Despite Naomi's attempts to steer matters, it is clear that Ruth and Boaz speak from hearts that have been shaped by God, discovering a shared dependence on him. After the night on the threshing floor, they determine to take honorable action they hope will allow them to marry.
The book of Ruth is a marvelous story with a powerful witness to the faithfulness of God. It begins with tragedy: drought, dislocation, and death. It ends with a baby and a genealogy that forecasts the birth of a king. Ruth is a story that draws us in. Surprisingly, we discover ourselves in the experiences of men and women who lived in a simple agrarian society 3000 years ago. Most importantly, the faithful care of a loving God is made abundantly clear. This sermon series will expand our sermons preached in 1997, available online.