Welcome back to the Woman to Woman Series. We are making our way through Matthew 1 and today we will be looking at Ruth. She is the only lady listed in the Mathew 1 that has her own book in the Bible.
Ruth is the daughter-in-law of Naomi who left Bethlehem with her husband to live in Moab because there was a famine. Naomi had two sons and one of them married Ruth. Sadly, Naomi and her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah all lose their husbands and Naomi decides to return to her homeland.
Ruth refuses to leave her mother-in-law and chooses to go with her to a land the she doesn’t know, to live with people who serve a God she is not familiar with. The book of Ruth is full of so many treasures. But before I share some of the gems found in her story, I would love to have you read the book of Ruth on your own first. Here is a link to get you there…RUTH
Now that you read the story of Ruth, let’s dig in and look at some hidden treasures…
Gem #1: Ruth is a Moabite and that piece of information is where we will find our first hidden gem. Do you remember the story of Lot in Genesis? Lot ends up hiding with his daughters, after his wife is turned to stone, while running from Sodom and Gomorrah. His daughters get him drunk and sleep with him so that they will not be without children. Both of them become pregnant and the eldest daughter names her son “Moab” and he becomes the father of the Moabites. This angers God and in Deuteronomy 23 it states that the Moabites are excluded from the assembly. In other words, no Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. (Scholars say that the term 10th generation is another way of saying forever). Ruth is a Moabite which means she has been excluded from the assembly of God. But by the grace of God, she is named in the lineage of Jesus. That just goes to show us all that there is no end to God’s forgiveness and redemption.
Gem #2: Boaz is a Kinsman Redeemer. Let me give you a little explanation.
As you read in the book of Ruth she meets Boaz, a rich landowner and relative of Naomi. He is strong and powerful and I think it was love at first sight. Naomi knows that Ruth must find a home for herself and someone to provide for her and when she realizes that Boaz has found favor in Ruth, she instructs her about what to do.
She tells Ruth that Boaz is a family member (a Kinsman). Next she instructs Ruth to wash and perfume herself and to go where he will be. Naomi also tells her to not let Boaz see her until he has had food and drink. Ruth is obedient and does exactly what Naomi tells her to do. She quietly goes to Boaz and uncovers his feet. He wakes to find a woman lying at his feet and he asks, “Who are you. (I am guessing it must have been very dark or maybe she had her head covered.)
Ruth tells Boaz who she is and asks him to spread the corner of his garment over her because he is her
“Kinsman Redeemer”. A Kinsman Redeemer is a male relative who, according to various laws, had the privilege or responsibility to act for a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need of vindication. Just as Boaz is Ruth’s Kinsman Redeemer, Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer.
Christ identifies Himself with us and He redeemed us because of our need. (Jesus is not only our redeemer from sin He is also kinsman to us). We are part of the family of God and Jesus understands our struggles. He is truly able to help us in our time of need. Like Ruth found her Kinsman Redeemer, we have found ours. Just as Ruth was covered by Boaz’s garment, as a sign that he would redeem her and protect her, we have been covered by the blood of Christ.
Gem #3: Ruth’s grandson would become the great-grandfather of David, a man after God’s own heart and a hero to the people of Israel. Not only was she no longer excluded from the assembly of God, she is now counted by name in the lineage of Jesus.
The story of Ruth is such a beautiful story of God’s grace and provision. I hope you have enjoyed the beautiful treasures that are found in the story of Ruth. You are worthy to call yourself a child of God and you are deeply loved by Jesus who laid down His life for you.
Next week we will look at Bathsheba.
Have a blessed day.
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