Day 14 - Ruth and Boaz
Read Ruth 3:9.
Who did we read about yesterday? Do you remember the name of Rahab’s son? Today we are going to learn about her son Boaz and the woman who would eventually become his wife: Ruth. The whole book of Ruth shows us so many beautiful examples of Christlikeness from all three of the main characters involved. The beginning of the story is so sad because Naomi’s husband and two sons (one of whom was Ruth’s husband) passed away. Nonetheless, she was constantly concerned about what was best for her daughter-in-law Ruth. Ruth was committed to doing what was best for Naomi and humbly served her by gathering grain from a field after others left it behind. And Boaz, the owner of the field, noticed the poor young woman gathering grain, and he cared for her and eventually married her.
Naomi had land that she was allowed to sell to someone she was related to, but if the relative bought the land, that meant he also promised to take Ruth as his wife and to love and care for her all her days. He was called her “kinsman-redeemer.” He took a sad situation (Ruth’s husband dying) and redeemed it, or made it good. He married her and loved her and provided for her, and God gave them a son, Obed. Obed’s son was named Jesse, who we learned about on Day 1. And who was Jesse’s son? David. And David’s great-great-great-great-lots-of-greats-grandson was Jesus!
We see powerful love in the book of Ruth. We see God taking a sad story and making it beautiful. God loves to do that. He has taken the sad story of our lives—as we are born dead in our sin, alone and without hope—and He has welcomed us into His family and made us His forever. Thank Jesus that He is our redeemer, and that He has made our sad story more full of joy than we could have ever imagined!
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