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God of the Ordinary

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ID: 10801 • September 1, 2002

The book of Ruth must surely be one of the loveliest short stories ever written, telling an unforgettable tale of purity, faithfulness, innocence, loyalty, duty, and love. Yet it is set in dark times: the final verse of the book of Judges, which precedes Ruth in the Bible, tells us that “in those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” As one commentator writes, the time was marked by “violent invasions, apostate religion, unchecked lawlessness, and tribal civil war.”

It is against this backdrop of strife and chaos that Ruth’s story unfolds—a story of ordinary people in Bethlehem facing everyday events, from loss and dislocation to marriage and family life. In all of this, however, Alistair Begg reminds us that no matter how dark or dramatic our days may seem, God still protects His people and accomplishes His purposes. Within life’s humdrum and routine events, we discover His loving hand at work.

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“Can This Be Naomi?”

Ruth 1:1 Sermon Includes Transcript 40:08 ID: 2235

God of the Ordinary

Ruth 1:19–22 Sermon Includes Transcript 32:32 ID: 2237

Grace and Favor

Ruth 2:1–3 Sermon Includes Transcript 42:59 ID: 2239

Favor to the Humble

Ruth 2:4–13 Sermon Includes Transcript 36:08 ID: 2241

Family Ties

Ruth 2:14 Sermon Includes Transcript 33:53 ID: 2243

In All Things God Works

Ruth 3:1–5 Sermon Includes Transcript 33:21 ID: 2254

Ruth Proposes to Boaz

Ruth 3:7–18 Sermon Includes Transcript 43:20 ID: 2256

“So Boaz Took Ruth”

Ruth 4:1–13 Sermon Includes Transcript 35:04 ID: 2263

Ruth Has a Baby

Ruth 4:13–16 Sermon Includes Transcript 37:11 ID: 2269

The Mystery of History

Ruth 4:16–22 Sermon Includes Transcript 48:30 ID: 2270