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 1:1-19a: A Faith Within is a Faith Without

“In those days, there was no king in Israel.  Each did whatever looked right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  So reveals the last verse in the book of Judges, before the book of Ruth begins.  Why?  Famine struck the land, and the pangs of hunger controlled too many a man.  Life became chaotic, and […]

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 […]

Ruth, Lesson 2: From Moab to Bethlehem

Last week, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law—twice—not to come with her to Israel.  We now find out their response after they both earlier said they still wanted to go. Read Ruth 1:14 What do Orpah and Ruth respond?   “Cling”: Hebrew, dabaq, meaning to “cleave”, “cling”, or “hold fast to” a person or thing. With […]

Ruth, Lesson 1: Introduction; Living in the Land of Moab

Love stories never grow old—but not all love stories are between lovers.  The story of Ruth is a love story: Of God for Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz; but also of Ruth’s love for God, which overflowed in her kinship with Naomi.  A mutual love also developed between Ruth and Boaz—a mature and understanding love, moving […]