Ruth and Naomi

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the woman (Ruth) said to Naomi, (Her Mother-in-law) “blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Ruth 4:13-16

Here is a beautiful story of love and redemption, through the eyes of Ruth, the Moabitess, and Noami, her mother-in-law. The story of Ruth occurred in the days “when the judges ruled” Israel. Bridging the time from the judges to Israel’s monarchy. God used a famine in the land of Judah to set in motion this beautiful story, The O.T. does not again refer to Ruth, while the N.T. mentions her once in the context of Chrit’s genealogy (Matt.1:5). The name “Ruth” most likely comes from a Moabite and or Hebrew word meaning “friendship.”  Ruth arrived in Bethleham as a foreigner (2:10), became a maidservant (2:13), married wealthy Boaz (our text 4:13), and was included in the physical lineage of Jesus Christ (Matt.1:5).

Pretty cool how God will use humble beginnings in a person’s life to start something magnificently beautiful that will bless many generations to follow. Ruth’s story illustrates God’s redemptive plan extended beyond the Jews to Gentiles also (2:12). Ruth also previews a N.T. teaching that women are also co-heirs with men of God’s salvation and grace. Ruth also portrays the virtuous women written in Proverbs 31:10-11, through demonstrations of God’s sovereign and providential care of seemingly unimportant people in what seemed to be insignificant times, only to later discover how crucial it was to accomplish God’s will. Ruth’s genealogy of the messianic line, along with her husband Boaz, as a type of Christ, becomes Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer (4:1-12), allows for David’s right and thus Christ’s right, to the throne of Israel’s promised eternal kingdom.

Our text is depicting the event of the new birth of a son, and grandson, that brought so much hope, and restores new life into the heart of Noami, a woman who thought her past losses of husband, and two sons, would leave her desperate and alone. The Lord gave her conception—Reminds us that with God, nothing will be impossible, He ultimately is the restorer of life and promise of hope. Nourisher of your old age—This pictures Noami in now the place of a godly grandmother, who now will be a giver of tender and affectionate nurturing love to her God-given-grandson. The hope of a messianic king and kingdom (2 Samuel 7:1-17) finds its origin here, to be fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:20) through the lineage of of David’s grandfather Obed, who was born to Boaz and Ruth the Moabitess.

Beloved friend, Christian parents, and grandparents have so much hope for their lives, and the lives of their families. By placing their lives into the saving mercy and grace of Jesus Christ’s redemptive love for them, in dying on the cross. Our joy at knowing that He has an unfolding plan of salvation for anyone who comes to Him in faith, and will receive a glorious inheritance in heaven that still awaits them. May it bring so much love and peace into your families home, and your children’s lives become the same blessing to their children after them, to the glory and praise of God!

May the Lord bless your walk!

Author: rontrujillo

Married 37 years We have six children. All of whom are adult. Three are married one of them blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. Retired Firefighter @ Boeing Aircraft 37 years (Formally McDonnell Douglas) Born Again Summer of 1981

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