Day 5 - Ruth 4:13-17 & Matthew 1:1-6
Don’t we all yearn for a happy ending? The ending for Ruth and Naomi was better than they could have ever imagined.
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Unlike many romance stories, this isn’t a work of fiction. Clearly, God was at work in Ruth’s life because there are too many similarities between Boaz and Jesus for it to be a coincidence.
- Boaz and Jesus were both from Bethlehem.
- Boaz was a relative of Ruth, and Jesus joined our family by becoming a man.
- Boaz brought Ruth out of a terrible fate, and Jesus brought us out of slavery.
- Both Boaz and Jesus were motivated by love.
- Boaz took Ruth as his bride, and Jesus called the Church his bride.
- Ruth was an active participant, and we must say “yes” to Jesus.
- Like Ruth, our destiny is forever changed because of our redeemer.
Have you ever actually said “yes” to Jesus? If you haven’t, what’s holding you back? If you have, take time to thank Him for being your redeemer and forever changing your destiny.
Surely, Ruth didn't live long enough to see her great-grandson become a king, but her loyalty and courage allowed her to not only be an ancestor of King David, but Jesus himself.
Do you recognize any names in the opening of Matthew?
1:1 This is the genealogy[a] of Jesus the Messiah[b] the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
Without this genealogy, Boaz and Ruth would be like any other love story. It’s sweet and we enjoy the happy ending, but it wouldn’t be significant. Ruth was loyal and courageous and God chose to bless her with an incredible story that changed the course of history.
Do you believe God wants you to be a part of an incredible story? Do you feel Him leading you to do something courageous?
This tiny book of the Bible is chock full of powerful lessons and insights into the character of God. It’s a love story between Boaz and Ruth that mirrors a much bigger love story. One where a perfect God came to earth to save us from our tragic fate and give us a glorious future. No matter where you are right now, know that this truth is all that matters. It is the happy ending we’re all yearning for.
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