I have often glossed over the book of Ruth. I have to admit I usually think, “it’s only four chapters and it’s one of those books intended for women.” When I think that way, I am really missing out on God’s truth and blessing. What a breath of fresh air after the last five books of Judges! I know that the Tannach (Hebrew Scripture) does not group these books the same way. In fact, Ruth is one of the five Megilloth, or Volumes, along with Solomon’s Song, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, and Esther. I am so glad the Holy Spirit saw fit to order it after Judges in our Bible. The love and kindness in the book of Ruth is in stark contrast to the lawless, selfishness in Judges 17-21. After the end of Judges, I was ready for something filled with hope.
I know that God’s perspective encompasses time, so it’s easy for Him to set up intricacies like those found in the book of Ruth, but it still blows my mind to think how many details He gives us to point to Christ. The book of Ruth is overflowing with His signature.
In the person of Boaz, we see the kinsman redeemer pointing to Christ redeeming those that had no inheritance, or blood relation to God’s chosen people. Ruth chose the path of love and faith. She could have returned to her people and remarried and been a mother and cared for. Instead, she chose to stay with her widowed mother-in-law, a widow herself with an uncertain future. With the father and sons dead, these women had no claim to their husbands’ land, nor inheritance. Boaz, while not required to, redeems both Naomi’s and Ruth’s inheritance.
Boaz is not the only glimpse of Christ we get in the book of Ruth. We also are shown the short genealogy at the end of the book:
Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Through a gentile woman and the pure line from Adam and Abraham, a child ws born that would be the father of Jesse, the root from which Israel’s king David, and ultimately through Mary, the King of kings, Jesus Christ would come.
Thank You, Havenly Father, for Your attention to details, for the countless signs that You give us pointing to your Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer. Though we have no inheritance of our own in Your kingdom, You have stepped into time to pay the price to purchase our inheritance. May we never devalue that gift.
In Jesus Name.