Ronny Marriott: The Meaning of Hesed

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Ronny Marriott: The Meaning of Hesed (Ruth 1)

Ronny Marriott, pastor of First Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas, explains the Hebrew word hesed—God’s faithful, covenantal love—which factors so significantly in the story of Ruth. He explains the story’s characters and their names. Naomi, one of the main characters, lost her husband and two sons while living in a foreign land. In despair, she returned to her homeland where she wanted to change her name to reflect her pain. By contrast, her daughter-in-law Ruth became the embodiment of God’s faithful, covenantal love to Naomi and, by extension, to God’s people.

This sermon is the beginning of a series titled “Ruth: A Loyal Love Story” and was delivered during the morning worship service at First Baptist Church in Burleson on June 19, 2019.


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