I was reflecting with Susan today at lunchtime about preaching through Ruth (last sermon tomorrow). It is the first time I have preached a series in the OT. I have preached many one-offs, but never a series. I came to the conclusion that my experience was similar to my first attempt to drive a car. “OK we are moving, but I don’t feel everything is under control” expresses my thoughts about my attempts at Ruth admirably.
Then Susan went further. “May be it is like the man whose accelerator jammed on full and the brake pads wore out.” Yes. Belting through the book at great speed, all the time worrying that there is going to be a big crash – that seems to fit too.