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Ruth (8) | Love Story Of Devotion And Redemption

Anyone worried I was not going to continue? No worries, I just took a break while I was with family and friends for Christmas.

The book of Ruth tells the story of a woman who turned away from her pagan heritage. She is a Moabite (and from previous books we know this bloodline is not a good one.) It is very a short book only lasting four chapters.

There is a lot we can learn from Ruth. πŸ™‚

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Ch. 1 Ruth Stays With Naomi And Follows GodΒ 

Naomi was a woman who lost her husband and later lost her two grown sons. Her daughter in laws, she told them, could go back to their homeland. Their husbands were dead, they didn’t have a reason to stay.

Both at first declared they wouldn’t, but Naomi reminded them there wasn’t anything left for her. She was done raising children. Her one daughter in law Orpah kissed her goodbye and returned home.

But Ruth.

She clung to her mother in law. Something you don’t often see with daughter in laws and mother in laws. Naomi tried to tell her to go home, and follow the gods of her sister, but Ruth refused. Telling her, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.”Β 

They reach Bethlehem, and Naomi decided to change her name to, Mara because she felt, “The Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”Β 

Mara means bitterness.

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Ch. 2 Ruth Meets BoazΒ 

Naomi’s husband had a relative of great wealth, and his name was Boaz.

Ruth told Naomi she wanted to go to aΒ field and glean heads of grain from the one she could gain favor from.

Related Point: We’ve covered in past books of the Bible that the Israelites were told not to be greedy, and allow strangers to get food in the field that was left over.

It so happens Ruth is in the field Boaz owns. He notices her and requests information about her. He tells Ruth to stay in his field, and near the women workers of his. He also tells Ruth he has commanded the men not to touch her, which is a HUGE deal, and shows what kind of man Boaz was.

He not only protected her, but he made sure she was fed.

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Ruth is moved. She bows to him and pleads to know why Boaz decided to treat her so kindly.

He tells her (paraphrase), “I’ve heard what you’ve done for your mother in law, and how you have chosen to be among a people you do not know. You’ve found refuge in God, and this is your reward for doing so. God will repay you.”Β 

She thanks him, and requests favor in his sight. At mealtime, Boaz encourages her to eat, and she does, but she also saves what she was given. Seeing this, Boaz tells the men to let her glean even more, for them to purposefully drop wheat for her, and not to say a word about it.

Ruth returns to Naomi at the end of the day. Naomi realizes God did not forsake her because she knows who Boaz is. She tells Ruth to stay with Boaz’s workers and to stay in his field.

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Ch. 3 Ruth Promised To Be RedeemedΒ 

I never realized this before, but to be redeemed, in this case, is to help Ruth truly be part of the people of Israel.

Naomi tells Ruth to clean up, wear her best, anoint herself, and go to the threshing floor. But she is to be quiet and not noticed till Boaz is done eating and drinking.

Then Ruth is to uncover his feet and lie down, and wait to be told what to do next.

Ruth follows through with everything and falls asleep at Boaz’s feet. Boaz is awakened at midnight. He requests who she is, and she answers, “I’m Ruth, please take me under your wing because you are a close relative.”

Boaz promises her she will be redeemed, but that there is someone who is a closer relative. Boaz was saying should this close relative not redeem her, he, Boaz, would.

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Boaz meets with the relative, explains who Ruth is, and the relative says if he bought a field from Ruth (which was the arrangement,) then he would ruin his own inheritance. He says for Boaz to redeem her.

Boaz buys the field, and in front of witnesses, he explains not only has he made sure the name of the dead wouldn’t be cut off from inheritance, but that he was marrying Ruth.

Later, Ruth gives birth to a son, and he is named Obed.

Obed is the father of Jesse, grandfather of David (yes, THAT David!).

And with that, we end the book of Ruth. πŸ™‚


We are preparing to enter the books of Samuel next.Β 

What do you take away from the book of Ruth?Β 

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33 thoughts on “Ruth (8) | Love Story Of Devotion And Redemption

  1. Very beautiful! I always loved the book of Ruth! It thought me about obedience. Ruth was so obedient and she stayed by her mother in law side! And for that she blessed with a husband and childπŸ˜‡ thanks so much for sharing! Xx

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  2. I was worried that you had forgotten about the series. I never read the book of Ruth before as a whole and just really gleaned from it, but now; it’s amazing to see what God can do in the unlikeliest of people.

    Ruth as a Moabite was actually distantly related to the Israelites. And it was Ruth’s faithfulness and determination to stay with Naomi despite being a foreigner (in the eyes of Israel) and come under God’s covenant. In the end, though, Ruth should show us that even the most unworthy, unusual, or even our enemies can find favor with God.

    Ruth’s devotion to Naomi landed her with Boaz who saw her commitment and eventually married into the royal lineage that would pass onto King David and later Jesus Christ. I actually read in Matthew 1 that God used women (Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth) who were considered outsiders by Israel to show that He is loving and can use the “worst” people for His glory; all leading to Jesus Christ.

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    1. Yes, exactly πŸ™‚ the bloodline of Christ is amazing ❀

      Moabites were from the line of Lot, after his daughters got him drunk, and then became with child. Very far back. So the line is from Abraham, following Jacob (where Israelites were first called), not from Lot. But yeah, I guess you could call it very distant. πŸ™‚ I don't know how many centuries the bloodlines were by the time we reach Ruth.

      No worries about the series, I just took a break. πŸ™‚ These summaries take quite a bit of time and I was hoping I could write some in advance and have them ready, which didn't happen but I was able to get ahead in other posts.

      Thank you so much for looking forward to this series πŸ™‚

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  3. One of my favorite books. And you are swiftly catching up with where I am in my personal, chronological studies of the Old Testament. It’ll be cool to be reading simultaneously with your series. πŸ™‚ Great post, T.R….as always. πŸ™‚ ❀

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  4. As Tammy said above there, Ruth taught me obedience and her devotion was simply wonderful. We can take away many things from the book of Ruth.

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  5. I love the book of Ruth but I’m very, very, very excited to get on to the book of Samuel! My heart and passion is all about worship so I love to study King David. You’re doing an amazing job, T.R. 😊I love reading your posts! Hayley πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you, Hayley!!! 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings make me meh because when I was an elementary student, I was in Bible quizzing at my church, and we studied these books one year. Hard core, and I don’t think these books are the easiest for a kid 10 and under to learn. But over the years, I’ve grown to learn a lot more from these books and I hope others do too πŸ™‚ Thanks for joining me on this series!

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