I began reading the Book of Ruth. I read and re-read. I studied. I underlined. I made lists...
Ruth's story has always been a favorite - It's a love story, really. Who doesn't like a good love story?
After losing her husband and two sons, Naomi returns to Bethlehem (House of Bread) with her daughter-in-law, Ruth. They arrive at the beginning of the barley harvest. Without her husband, Naomi is destitute. Without children, Ruth is without a future.
In the midst of their emptiness and despair, God had a bigger plan. I discovered some wonderful things as I read their story.
Did you know that chapter one uses the word RETURN twelve times?
And GLEAN is used twelve times in chapter two.
REDEEM is used twelve times in chapters three and four.
Ruth and Naomi encountered God's provision and protection in this wonderful story. It's a story of love between Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. And a powerful love story between Ruth and Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer.
Yet, the greater message in the story is one of God's love for all people, and the special plan to bring the Messiah into the world through the line of David - Ruth's great-grandson.
Just as Boaz became Ruth's kinsman-redeemer...Jesus is our kinsman-redeemer. So beautiful!
Some of the messages/themes I found in the book of Ruth:
Emptiness Being Filled
Protection and Provision
Investing in Lives
God's Sovereignty (Big Picture Plan)
God's Favor (Grace)
Trusting God through Adversity
One Ah-Ha moment message I gleaned from my study of Ruth:
Even in times of famine we can glean a harvest. (Click to Tweet)
Have you read the story of Ruth? I'd love you to share your thoughts...
His word is rich and full of blessings,
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