Today we conclude our study of the book of Ruth.
We began by saying that the book of Ruth is a love story. There is the love that Ruth had for Naomi. There is the love that Boaz had for Ruth. There is the love God has for His children. Only one of those loves is unconditional, redemptive, and eternal. It is God’s love. Ruth was a Moabite. Israel despised the Moabites. God chose Ruth to pour out His unconditional love. He redeemed her at the point when she chose to follow the God of Naomi, the one true God. Then He gave her an eternal legacy being in the ancestral line of Jesus. That is how our amazing God works.
The gentile woman Ruth, like Rahab the harlot, trusted in God and was taken into the ancestral line of Christ; Boaz was of the son of Salmon and Rahab. Obed, son of Boaz and Ruth, would become father to Jesse, who was the father of King David. Their home was Bethlehem where Micah prophesied Jesus would be born. (Micah 5:2)
Some things to ponder.
- God can use anyone for His purposes
- Believers need to be careful who we condemn
- God’s love should guide everything we do and say
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001