Ruth 4:14-15 “And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him.”
Ruth is one of my favorite books of the Bible. The book recounts one of the greatest stories of redemption. Every time I read it, tears come. It’s beauty lies in the personal interaction between Ruth and Naomi, Ruth and Boaz and just who she is and why this story has such significance in my Bible.
The Moabites come from Lot who pitched his tent toward Sodom when he separated from Abraham. Lot slept with his daughters and the two sons; Moab and Ammon, were born out of that incestuous relationship. Ruth came from the Moabites. They were not looked upon favorably by the nation of Israel.
But the one thing that always tugs at my heart is the fact that Ruth, coming from a country rejected by the Israelites, joins herself with a family that she had to know was blessed of God. She sought the blessings that they saw came to the nation of Israel.
After her husband died, and Naomi had lost all the males of her family, they traveled together back to Israel. People were amazed to see them. They took note of Ruth. Her testimony with the townspeople was that she was upright and virtuous. Enter Boaz.
He is a type of Christ to her. Not only did he go the extra mile to redeem her, he showed unselfish love in protection, provision, and power to claim her as the kinsman redeemer. Jesus is that way for us. His love extends beyond any heinous sin we could ever commit. No depth of corruptness, nor length of distance can separate us from His love.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ruth’s humility and obedience; her love and devotion in the hardest of situations bore fruit that she could have never known – but looking back we see what God had planned all along.
Ruth and Boaz had a son, Obed. Obed married and had a son – Jesse. Jesse married and had a son -David. King David; a man after God’s own heart and of the lineage of Christ. The bloodline of Christ throughout history reveals his love for lost man.
It reminds me today to be nice to all men – they may be chosen to be used of God in an unusual way – and we might be the one to win them to Christ to begin that journey. Be a witness today. Tell someone your testimony of how you came to be saved and see if God doesn’t use it to draw them to Himself.