The Story of God's Faithfulness

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By Ed Traverse, June 04, 2023

Every person has a small story in the story of God

The are key in every story

Ruth 1:20-21 20  She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; [a]  call me Mara, [b]  for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.  21  I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

Ruth 4:13-16 13  So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son.  14  Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!  15  He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”  16  Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse.

Ruth 1:16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

Ruth 2:8-12 8  Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women.  9  Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.”  10  Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”  11  But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before.  12  The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”

The bigger story points to the of God

Ruth 4:18-22 – 18  Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron,  19  Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab,  20  Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon,  21  Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed,  22  Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David.

Matthew 1:5 – “Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab”