The Woman Who Impressed God (1 of 2) by Jeff Strite

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The Woman Who Impressed God (1 of 2)
Series: Women of Faith
Jeff Strite
Ruth 1:1-1:22

OPEN: A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California, was eager for the title of "doctor" - until one newly degreed professor shared his story. He said: A friend had called his home and asked, "Is the doctor in?"
The Professor's 10 year old son replied, "Yes, but he's not the kind that can do you any good."

APPLY: Credentials are important. When we see the letters: Ph.D. MD. DDS. and so on, these titles indicate that the person bearing those letters is valuable to us as individuals, or to society at large. These credentials indicate that an authorized organization or individual has placed their stamp of approval on that person.

ILLUS: Recently, I attempted to visit a inmate at the Jail. The officers in charge said that they would be more than happy to do so... however I had to produce my ordination certificate. Those credentials indicated that some authorized organization or individual had placed their stamp of approval on me.

I. What would we expect to see, if GOD put His stamp of approval on someone?

What if...
• the person in question was a woman from an accursed nation
• she was one of only 2 women who had a book named after her?
• she was one of only 3 women who appeared in Jesus' genealogy?

How many of you would think that that woman must have impressed God? The woman we're talking about this morning is Ruth. All that was true of her. AND since those things are true, since Ruth received credentials from God that said she had His approval, there must be something in the book of Ruth that reveals what it was that impressed God.

II. Before we get that far in this sermon - I want to a little back ground information.
Ruth was from the nation of Moab. She was not originally an Israelite. To make matters worse, . Moab was a cursed nation, condemned because of way they treated Israel in wilderness.
This dates from the time when Balak hired ...


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