The Surprises in Jesus’ Genealogy: Ruth

Now, we reach the midpoint of the five women Matthew includes in Jesus’ ancestry.  The first, Tamar, lived during the period of the patriarchs.  The second, Rahab, in the time when Israel reconquered their land.  The third, Ruth, lived when the judges ruled.  The genealogy mentions her in this way, “Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth” […]

Ruth, Lesson 5: Redemption

Ruth and Naomi are excited because Boaz pledged to redeem Ruth by marrying her.  But another, by God’s Old-Covenant Law, is a closer redeemer.  Boaz now goes to meet him to find out if he will fulfill his duty to care and provide for Naomi and Ruth.   Boaz Seeks to Redeem Ruth Deuteronomy 25:7-10: […]

Ruth: Lesson 4: At the Threshing Floor

Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, now realizes that God was not against her but was caring for her even in her difficulties.  She is now excited that one of her redeemers (and thus, Ruth’s redeemer) is showing an interest in Ruth.  No longer “bitter,” Naomi now plans.  Ruth has now been working in Boaz’s field for about […]