The Book of Ruth (A Concise Introduction)
📝 It begins with the phrase – “In the days when the Judges ruled” – a period when Israel had no kings and everyone did as they saw it fit ( Jud 17:6; 22:25 ) . It was the period of Israel’s Apostasy, Moral Degradation and Oppression.
📝 It begins with FAMINE in BETHLEHEM – ” the house of Bread “. It would be not wrong to say that Israel’s disobedience has caused the famine . God had promised that he would send regular rain to his people, but warned them that they would face famine if they break the covenant and served other gods ( Deut 11:10-17 )
This interpretation may be established by the fact that the famine had ravaged Israel but spared Moab , which was 25 miles away across the Jordan.
📝 The book of Ruth is the movement from EMPTINESS to FULLNESS :
Naomi lamented her loss of family ( 1:21 ) but ended up celebrating the birth of a son ( 4:14 – 17 )
📝 The book of Ruth begins and ends in BETHLEHEM ( 1:1 ; 4:11 )
📌 Going away from Bethlehem ( Famine to Funerals)
📌 Coming back to Bethlehem ( Marriage to Maternal blessing)
📝 The book of Ruth is the movement from MOABITE Ancestry to MESSIANIC Ancestry :
📖 Chapter 1 – RUTH the Foreigner in the city
📖 Chapter 2 – RUTH the Gleaner in the field
📖 Chapter 3 – RUTH the Kinswoman in the threshing floor
📖 Chapter 4 – RUTH the Ancestor of the Messiah.
📝 KINDNESS is one of the theme of the book of Ruth :
🌈 GOD’S KINDNESS to his people ( 1:6 ; 2:20 )
💫 RUTH’S KINDNESS to Naomi ( 2:18 )
💫 BOAZ’S KINDNESS to Ruth ( 2:13-16 )
💫 BOAZ’S KINDNESS to Elimelech’s family ( 2:20 )
💫 NAOMI ‘S KINDNESS to Ruth ( 3:1 )
🌈 GOD’S KINDNESS to Ruth ( 4:13 )
✍🏽 My remarks on Ruth. She excelled in maintaining her :
R elationship with God, Naomi and the Israelites.
U nderstanding of her own status and God’s precepts .
T estimony in faithfulness and devotion .
H umility in faith and action.
📌 All these godly packages was enough to testify that Ruth was a woman of noble character ( 3:11b )
🙌 How blessed are we to read Proverbs 31:10,29 :
“A wife of noble character who can find ? She is worth far more than rubies.”
“Many women do noble things , but you surpass them all “. written by Ruth’s great grandson KING SOLOMON.
💕 Beloved Church , may the good Lord bless us as we study and meditate the book of Ruth . May we improve our relationship with God and with one another 🛐
Glory to God 🙏
✍🏽 Mark Boje
Arunachal Pradesh, India 🇮🇳