God in Unexpected Answers (Ruth 2)

We continued our series on Ruth called “Unexpected” this weekend at Eastbrook with a look at Ruth, chapter 2. Today’s message was entitled “God in Unexpected Answers.” The main point of my message is that God provides unexpected answers to the challenging circumstances of our lives as He works out His purposes in the world.

I did something which is a bit out of the ordinary for me, taking a more expository walk through the text of chapter two and then following it with some summary statements on Ruth, Boaz, Naomi, and God.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter. I’ve included the outline for the message below:

Unexpected ‘Luck’

  • ‘Luck’ in timing
  • ‘Luck’ in location
  • ‘Luck’ in human connections
  • God’s ways and human luck

Unexpected Ruth

  • A foreigner – “Ruth the Moabite”
  • A woman of no standing – “who came back with Naomi”
  • A poor gleaner
  • Loyalty to Naomi
  • Humble, brash courage with the workers and Boaz

Unexpected Boaz

  • A godly Israelite – “The Lord be with you!”
  • A man of noble standing – “a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek”
  • A wealthy landowner
  • Generous protection and provision
  • Welcoming the stranger
  • The ‘guardian-redeemer’

Living into Unexpected Answers

  • Like Ruth
  • Like Boaz
  • Like Naomi

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