Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ruth


It's nice when reading the Bible to get to a book like Ruth. Every book before it has at least 20 chapters and some go into the 40s. Ruth is a nice a simple four enjoyable chapters that make you feel accomplished without exhausting your brain.

Ruth lived the time of the judges. When so many of the Israelites were falling away we get to see a family whose faithfulness remained to the Lord.

Ruth was a Moabite woman who had married an Israelite. He soon died as well as his brother and his father. All that was left in this little family was Ruth, her sister in law Orpah and her mother in law Naomi. Naomi told the women to go back to the land of their fathers because she was going to return to Judah from Moab. Orpah went on her way but Ruth insisted on staying with Naomi. So they traveled together back to Judah. Ruth believed in the God of Israel and did not want to return to pagan ways.

Soon after they were back in Judah Ruth met Boaz who was the kinsman redeemer for Naomi's family. This meant by the law that he would have to take care of their family because they were his relatives through Naomi's late husband. Through this Ruth had married Boaz and the had Obed, who ends up being the grandfather of King David, which also leads to Ruth being in line with Jesus.

Throughout the hardships of losing husbands and traveling and having to live in an unfamiliar land Ruth was redeemed by Boaz, by the way she loved Naomi and by her love of God. At the end of the day, the troubles are worth it with God. Life is not easy, it can make you hard and bitter but by having faithfulness in God you are redeemed.