Tomorrow we will read the entire book of Ruth in 1 day. It’s actually only 85 verses. (It is less than a 14-minute read) This is one of the only two books in the Bible named after a woman: Ruth and Esther, and they stand in marked contrast. Ruth is a young Gentile woman who is brought to live among Hebrews and marries a Hebrew husband in the line of David. Esther is a young Hebrew woman who is brought to live among Gentiles and marries a Gentile husband.
To me this book is CPR! Conversation, Providence, and Redemption.
- We will see true conversion since Ruth actually becomes a follower in ‘Yahweh’ (The LORD, not just a lord).
- Providence-natural events used for supernatural outcomes-(this is my favorite theme of the book).
- A kinsman-redeemer is a male relative who, according to the law, had the privilege or responsibility to act on behalf of a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need. (Jesus)
I think often I view the Bible as “orchestrated”, when in fact we know that God will use natural circumstances to fulfill His plan. This book God uses Providence for these prophecies to occur one day in the future:
- The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem: Micah 5:2
- The Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah: Genesis 4:10
- The Messiah will be born through the family of David: 2 Samuel 7
God uses natural events during a very dark period in history for supernatural outcomes. (Please read that again if you are in a dark place. God uses natural events during a very dark period in history for supernatural outcomes. He
will create a genealogy in chapter 4 that will continue the perfect prophecy of Jesus.
Ruth Chapter 1 verse 1: In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land…