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Pastor Ron Lewis:  Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ruth 1:19-22  This week Pastor Ron continues his series on the little book of Ruth.  Naomi and Ruth make the trip back to Bethlehem.  Some of the women didn’t even recognize Naomi because she had changed so much.  Naomi was now angry and bitter, not the sweet, pleasant person they once knew.  Do you blame God when things go wrong?

Notes:

C.  NAOMI AND RUTH’S ARRIVAL IN BETHLEHEM…(19-22)

1.  Bethlehem Responds V 19                                      013-ruth-1

a.  The whole city was stirred…

b.  Some women ask a question…

2.  Naomi’s Angry Speech V 20-21

a.  Naomi denies her name…

b.  Naomi levels 4 accusations against God…

1)  The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

2)  I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty.

3)  The Lord has witnessed against me

4)  and the Almighty has afflicted me

3.  The Author’s Summary V 22

a.  Naomi and Ruth returned…

b.  They came at the beginning of barley harvest…

Please click below to listen to this interesting sermon.

Naomi’s Angry Speech

 

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


This week Pastor Ron digs into the first five verses of the book of Ruth as we look at the move to Moab by Elimelech and his family.

Notes:                                                                            ruth_moab

A.  THE TIME…

B.  THE PLACE…

C.  THE PEOPLE…

D. A FAMINE…

E.  A BAD DECISION…

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Matthew 1:22-23

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”

Isn’t it awesome to  think about what this means?  God with us?  How can that be?
That beautiful little baby that was born of a virgin, and laid in a manger so many years ago in Bethlehem was actually God.  That just boggles my mind!   Yes, Jesus was fully man and fully God at the same time.  I can’t understand all that, and I’m sure you can’t either, but we can take it by faith and believe it.

Now, think back to that day in Bethlehem so many years ago, and picture Mary and Joseph.  She was pregnant and about to give birth and they couldn’t even find a room to stay in. Oh, how uncomfortable and stressed Mary must have been.  But, God provided a place in a stall with the farm animals.  Then, that little one was born.  He was “God with us.”  Wow!  That tiny baby was God!  How amazing!  How wonderful!

Do you think Mary knew the significance of it all?  I wonder what Mary and Joseph thought when shepherds came and worshipped their little baby?  Then, kings showed up and brought gifts.  How puzzling it must have been and how wonderful at the same time.

Jesus was sinless and therefore He could stand in our place of judgement for our sins.  Only a sinless one could do that.  He took our punishment for sin which is death.  The Bible says in Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Oh, God must really love us more than we can ever appreciate.  He sent His Son to die for me!  And for you! Wow!  That’s truly amazing!  What love!  What mercy!  I truly deserved to die, but He stood up and went to the cross and took on the punishment for all humanity who would believe in Him.

That’s not all.  After Jesus suffered and died that horrible death on the cross, He was buried in a tomb, and after three days He miraculously came back to life.  That is almost unbelievable too.  But, it is true as the scriptures testify of it.

But, there is even more.  When we turn to Jesus Christ, confess our sins, repent,  and give our hearts and lives to Him then guess what?  He (God) actually comes and lives in us in the form of the Holy Spirit.  We are reborn.  We are “in Christ.”  We have been cleansed of our sins and can live to glorify God with the power of the Holy Spirit in us.  I’m so thankful that God sent Jesus so that God could be with us.

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