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The Book of Ruth
The Book of Ruth

In his introduction to his first sermon in the Book of Ruth, Alistair Begg noted that James Campbell of the Times Literary Supplement describes David Foster Wallace’s last novel as. “The supreme example of purposeful boredom in literary form.” Alistair then makes this observation: “In stark contrast, the book of Ruth is arguably one of the most beautiful short stories ever written.”

Upon first reading (or hearing) the story of Ruth, one might assume it is a tragic story with a happy ending which concerns a poor family in the long ago and far away, and has no implications for my life whatsoever. Such an assumption misses the mark.

A theological thread is woven through this story which has ramifications not only for our own salvation – but for all of fallen humanity. The story – as we will see in due time – rather than concerning only one family – is really about the vindication and validation of David as King. The story of Ruth reveals how the purposes of God are not thwarted by the disobedient decisions of his people or the bad things that may happen to them.

The Book is only four chapters in length and contains less than 85 verses.