God’s grace in the midst of difficult circumstances
Ruth 3:9 “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a kinsman-redeemer.”
The book of Ruth is also the story of God’s grace in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Ruth’s story occurred during the time of the judges—a period of disobedience, idolatry, and violence.
Ruth was an outsider.
She came from Moab and was a foreigner in Israel.
But Ruth decided that she wanted Naomi’s God to be her God.
Ruth decided to stay with Naomi. She committed herself to care for Naomi.
Ruth submits herself first to Naomi then to Boaz with the innocence and trust of a child.
In the verse quoted above, Ruth, following Jewish custom and on Naomi’s instructions, signalled to Boaz her availability to marry.
Naomi knew that Boaz was their Kinsman-Redeemer and she wanted Ruth to be “well provided for”
Boaz’s response was very fast and they were married.
Boaz and Ruth have a child who eventually became the grandfather of King David.
God deliberately included Ruth in the royal family line, which eventually led to Jesus.
We are all like Ruth.
We were all outsiders in God’s economy.
All of us are in need of rescue, and we cannot do it ourselves.
Our own merits are not enough to secure God’s favour, or allow us to be included in HIS family, or give us access to his inheritance.
We need a kinsman-redeemer named Jesus.
So God sent Jesus to be our very own Kinsman-Redeemer.
He’s the one who loves us so much He willingly paid the price for our sin, which is death.
And, He has made us His bride so we can enjoy His grace and blessings for eternity.
We’re included in His family, when we ask him to spread His garment of righteousness over us.
Praise the Lord for His goodness and love.
Jooley Mathew Z