Discern Yourself Or Deceive Yourself

Let us leave the whole passage with a deep sense of the great encouragement it affords to all who feel their sins, and cry to God for mercy in Christ's name. Their sins may have been many and great. Their prayers may seem weak, faltering, unconnected, and poor. But let them remember the tax-collector, and take courage. That same Jesus who commended his prayer is sitting at the right hand of God to receive sinners. Then let them hope and pray on.

– J. C. Ryle

Dave Shive: Lost & Found

If sinful humans will diligently search for lost material items, how might God act when a human, created in his image and of incalculable value, has been lost? And if sinful humans will rejoice and celebrate when a lost material item is found, what kind of delightful festivities might God plan when a lost human of incalculable value has been found?

Treasure Found!

He is a portion that exactly and directly suits the condition of the soul. The desires of the soul, and the necessities of the soul, and the wants of the soul, and the longings of the soul, and the prayers of the soul. The soul can crave nothing, nor wish for nothing, but what is to be found in Christ. He is light to enlighten the soul, wisdom to counsel the soul, power to support the soul, goodness to supply the soul, mercy to pardon the soul, beauty to delight the soul, glory to ravish the soul, and fullness to fill the soul. 

– Thomas Brooks

The Sower And The Seed

This parable teaches us both patience and hope. We need patience because some of the seeds we sow will never produce the fruit we hope for. But others will produce one hundred times more than we expect. And this is why we preach and pray and keep on sowing the Word. There is good soil out there even though it’s not always easy to find. - Ray Pritchard

He Will See And Be Satisfied

Jesus' satisfaction in the resurrection is looking out on a great assembly of people from every race and tribe and language and nation who have trusted him and been forgiven and justified. And with tremendous joy he walks among them now and in the ages to come – a people "great" and "strong”. And he divides the spoil of his triumphs with them all. This is what he loves to do. This is his satisfaction. He delights to save.                                           

– John Piper

Behind The Frowning Providence

The last of the central characters to leave the stage is Naomi- perhaps an indication that, all along, the story has been about her life. In this last glimpse of Naomi she is sitting with Boaz’s and Naomi’s son Obed in her arms. He is a ‘handful’ for his once empty-handed grandmother!                            

– Sinclair Ferguson

The White Knight

He is a sun ever-shining; He is manna always falling round the camp; He is a rock in the desert, ever sending out streams of life from His smitten side; the rain of His grace is always dropping; the river of His bounty is ever-flowing, and the well-spring of his love is constantly overflowing.                                                                                          

– Charles Spurgeon,                                                                                                                  describing the favor/goodness of God

Learning To Love The Story Of God

This is where the book of Ruth comes in. It focuses like a microscope on part of the detailed preparation God made in order to fulfill his purposes in redemptive history. Apparently the story of a small and insignificant family, it is actually one of the building blocks in God’s preparatory work as he sovereignly directed history towards the coming of the Savior Jesus Christ.

- Sinclair Ferguson

There But For The Grace Of God...

It is worth noting that, unlike every other section in Judges, none of the characters are named (apart from the priest Phineas, in 20:28). This anonymity is meant to suggest that these men and women stand for all of their “type” in Israel. This is how Levites lived. This is how fathers thought. This is how women were treated. It is a dark picture, which is about to become far darker.

– Tim Keller