Excitement From Book Of Ruth

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The Book of Ruth is set in the spiritual dark days of the Judges. Ruth after who the book took it’s name, lives during this evil period in Israel’s history. Ruth’ story is completely different from the spiritual darkness, of the time, and her story is one of integrity. righteousness, and faithfulness.

God {Our Lord and Our Friend} saving His people out of a barbaric slavery and transforming their lives, is in essence the story of salvation.

Ruth points to the way in which God’s selfless love redeems His people. The way in which Boaz recognizes his obligations is an echo of the way Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend keeps His Promises.

The stories in Scripture are real everyday people God uses. These stories are impressive, in fact that so many of us enjoy the stories and love the hidden gems that are all through the scriptures. But sometimes we feel left out, our lives seem so ordinary and mundane and we wonder how God can use them.

God never leaves anyone out, He has a plan and purpose for all of us.

When we come to the story of Ruth, we come come to a small story of two widows and a farmer in their remote village. Ruth was an outsider, not born into faith and felt no natural part of it, like many of us. Ruth came to find herself gathered into the story that God was putting together, and was given a quite and obscure part that proved critical to the way everything turned out.

The word ‘Redemption” occurs 23 times in Ruth. This concept is a key to the history of God’s people. Redemption means paying a price to save someone from evil. Through the selfless love of Ruth and Boaz, Naomi is redeemed. She is brought back from hunger and homelessness to security and contentment.

The way in which Boaz recognizes his obligations is an echo of the way in God keeps His promises. And it through another descendant of Ruth and Boaz, David and a descendant of David – Jesus – that God was truly to bring back His people to Himself.

Boaz’s selfless willingness to take Ruth {when a closer relative refuses} and at the same time to abide by strict conditions of the law provides a colorful illustration of the New Testament picture of God’s redemption through Jesus Christ.

We too are without eternal hope, we too are dependent on Mercy and Grace. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and revealed His love on the cross.

Ruth restores our faith in human nature , giving us two great example to follow. It also rekindles our faith in God. He sticks with us through the worst times and works for our good over long periods of time, and remains faithful to His own character.

God {Our Lord and Friend} is always faithful.

Enjoy reading Ruth, it really is a story, of how much loves us.

O F J.

4 responses to “Excitement From Book Of Ruth

  1. I love the book of Ruth and I have never looked at it from that point of view… Great illustration it is amazing how God reveals certain things to us as we read the same verses. God bless

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