Ruth 4:13 “So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.”
I am always amazed when I read of the lineage of Christ.
There was Tamar.
She was daughter-in-law to Judah who lost her husband early in life. The custom was that the next of kin was to raise up the name and marry her. Shelah was to be given, but Judah failed at doing so. Tamar tricked Judah by playing the harlot and conceived twins by him. Pharez and Zerah.
There was Solomon.
Born of an illicit relationship with Bathsheba, Solomon became the wisest man known throughout history.
Then, there was Ruth.
Ruth is one of my personal favorites. Throughout her life, she meets adversity with integrity. Ruth met hardship with faith. Even when she was urged by Naomi to return to her people and start her life over again, she takes up with Naomi to go back to Israel with a heart committed and steadfast.
Naomi thought her life bitter – she even asked that they no longer call her Naomi, but Mara; which means bitter. That bitterness turned sweet when Boaz, a near kinsman redeemer takes up Ruth’s cause to fulfill the part. As there was a nearer kinsman to him, he had to address the fact that the first would accept or deny his part for Ruth.
Both Boaz and Ruth; David’s great grandparents, lived their lives quietly, honestly, and openly. But we never would have found this out had Boaz not taken the time to hear her case, take up her cause and show her such love and care.
You and I meet people every day that we pass judgments based on our first impressions, prejudices, preferences, and opinions that often, are unfounded. We profile people based on their speech, their dress, their manners or lack thereof… and we treat them accordingly.
When Jesus found me, I was in bondage to many sins. I could not break free from them, and they would eventually kill me. Miraculously, God sent a man to reveal to me the gospel of Jesus Christ – and it made all the difference in the world.
It took time, patience, and much trial and error to begin to see progress. Soon, fruit came. Once you’ve tasted of that heavenly gift; the presence of God, you will find it hard to go back to the world.
Ruth was a stranger to Israel. Not pure in her bloodline at all. But God chose her and has used her life to touch the hearts of many. The details of not only her redemption but that of Naomi, her sons, and her husband are an encouragement. It is an account of love, integrity and indeed; who doesn’t love a happy ending?!
But that story can be told over and over again as we witness to lost souls around the globe. What we are redeemed from is eclipsed by what we are saved to be what God designed. A child of the King. An heir to Jesus Christ. An ambassador for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
At salvation, we are born into a heritage royal; a sonship divine. Take some time to meditate on that fact and then seek out one to pray for that one might know the wonderful grace of Jesus. The transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ changed you… introduce someone to Him and let Him change them just as He did you!