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13th October 2023


Ruth Part 4 – ‘The Lord is working His purpose out’ by Mary Birch.

Boaz and Ruth , husband and wife
Came together in their new life
The Lord blessed Ruth with the birth of a son
called Obed who was to become the grandfather of David,
the great Jewish king

But greater still in this great line
Was born in Bethlehem in God’s good time
The Lord of Heaven and Earth, Jesus by name,
Long awaited Messiah, our Kinsman Redeemer.

For the Lord is working His purpose out,
As we read His word there is no doubt
From Genesis to Revelation
We trace the promise of His Salvation.


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. 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! 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.”

Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.


We jumped ahead a little way in the story. So how did Ruth become Boaz’s wife? If a young woman was widowed it was the custom and practice in Israel at the time that the nearest male relative of her husband, who was of marriageable age, would marry the widow in order that the family name should not die out. We know that Boaz was such a relative and, though not the closest, he did step in and redeem Ruth. ( The relative who was closest happily forfeited his claim.) Boaz brought Ruth from being a vulnerable widow into a loving and secure future. He also took Naomi in so that she too was looked after in her old age.

The union of Boaz and Ruth became the foundation of the Davidic line of Kings, a line that remained unbroken until the fall of Jerusalem. David was honoured as the greatest king and the nation looked back to his reign as a golden age. They also looked forward; longing for the time when God would restore the nation. They eagerly anticipated the time when God would raise up another king, the Messiah, God’s anointed One, a king from the line of David who would usher in a new golden age.

We see in the action of Boaz a shadow of the work of Jesus. Boaz, kinsman redeemer of Ruth saved her from a life of poverty and vulnerability and brought her into his family. In so doing he gave her a future and a hope. Boaz did that for one woman. Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer. By His death He has redeemed the whole of humanity, bringing us out of the darkness of sin and into the Family of God. Jesus has given us a future and a hope.

For Reflection

  • We are adopted into the Family of God, no longer slaves to sin but free to be the people we were designed to be. Am I really living in that freedom or are there habits or a mindset holding me back?
  • We have a future and a hope. How does that reassurance impact my daily life?
  • Ruth was a foreigner, indeed a member of a people hostile to the nation of Israel, yet God chose to work through her in His great Salvation plan! God has a plan and purpose for every individual am I walking in the plan God has for my life?

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Loving God, our Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Your Son to be our Saviour.
Thank you that by His death He has broken the hold that sin had over our lives, thank You that by His resurrection we are born into eternal life with You.
Thank You that in ascending to be at Your right have we ever have a Man in heaven pleading our cause.
Thank you that we have a future and a hope. Help us to live in tune with Your plan and find our purpose in doing Your will.

Amen

Written by Sue Allen

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