The book of Ruth “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.” Psalms 149:4 In our studies this week, we are transitioning from Genesis and the Abrahamic Covenant to the story of Ruth and Boaz. Not only is Ruth and Boaz an epic love story but it’s a story that places the continuance of God to fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant on a pedestal. It’s all connected. The essence of the Old Testament is the perseverance of God to fulfill the Abrahamic Covenant over many centuries leading to the inauguration of the New Covenant through our Messiah, Jesus.
We recently toured the Washington National Cathedral Ruth - Introduction I have recently been compelled to read and study Ruth. I carefully read all of Ruth this morning and would encourage you to as well. This is an epic love story of kindness, grace and virtue. The story of Ruth takes place during the time of the judges and a couple of generations preceding David. This book is the prequel of I Samuel.
Ruth I’ve learned that my devotions are immensely enriched when I take the time to do some basic research and consider how each Bible book fits into biblical history and how the themes fit into the full biblical story. Having studied 1 and 2 Samuel recently, it’s enlightening to realize that Ruth was most likely written by Samuel. The book was distributed shortly before or early during King David’s reign. Lineage was important to the Jews. So, at the end of the book of Ruth it is established that Ruth is David’s great grandmother. Also, Ruth is one of four women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew.
Ruth 1 The story begins during the time of the Judges, a couple of generations before David arrives on the scene. There’s a famine in Judah and a man named Elimelech from Bethlehem makes the difficult decision to lead his wife, Naomi along with their two sons to a foreign land, Moab. They must escape the famine. Shortly after arriving in Moab, Elimelech died. A major setback to say the least. However, life goes on and the two sons marry Moabite women, Orpah (not Oprah:) and Ruth. They lived in Moab for 10 years and then both sons also died. Maybe the whole Moab decision was a mistake???