Titling this story "Ruth" is a bit misleading. It is really Naomi's story. She is mentioned in the opening verses and the final ones. Her personality is the most clearly drawn and her struggles to believe what she cannot see make her accessible to readers like us who find her to be a kindred spirit. The son born, who was born "for Naomi", established the royal line of Israel. From him would come David, and from David comes Christ.
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.