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Jan 12, 2020 | Dr. Richard Hogue

Ruth Lived in Impossible

Ruth 1:1-17

Impossible is a place. It is a place that is entered for many different reasons. At times it is entered for grand challenges that seem beyond human capability. At other times the impossible is entered for the most mundane and ordinary events of life. But common along the entire spectrum of human experience is the overarching truth that without a divine intervention the impossible can be ultimately destructive.

The Bible records the life of a young, non-Jewish woman who is thrown into an impossible situation through no fault of her own. How she survives her impossible plight is a prototype for the way in which Christians are to be victorious regardless of the impossibility they face. What begins as absolute tragedy ends in one of the great stories of living in impossible and finding the miraculous.

I. The Reality of her Circumstances brought her to Impossible... Ruth 1:3-5 

  • Loss of Love, Protection, Provision, Peace, Purpose, Place, etc, etc.. 

II. The Radical Choices she made in Impossible… 

  • Went beyond the present… Ruth 1:16-17
  • Rejected the negativity of others… Ruth 1:19-21
  • Did whatever is necessary… Ruth 2:2-3
  • Boldly followed new instructions…
  • Obeyed Boaz… Ruth 2:8-9
  • Obeyed Naomi… Ruth 3:1-6

III. The Remarkable Conclusions to her faithfulness in Impossible… Ruth 4:9-10, 13-17

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