The Old Testament book of Ruth is a classic short story, one of the most beautiful ever written. It is the account of a disillusioned Hebrew family who moves from their home in Bethlehem to the land of Moab because of a famine during the troubled times of the judges of Israel. In this strange land, they suffer disappointment, loss and pain. While the story describes their suffering, it also depicts a stunning account of family devotion, love and loyalty.
Most likely written around 1100 to 1000 B.C., the story reveals how God sovereignly and providentially works in the lives of His people to bring about their deliverance. The theme of Ruth can best be summarized by Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Ultimately, Ruth and Boaz, the main characters in this book, play a significant role in God’s plan of redemption for His people, for they become a part of the ancestral lineage of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Man and the Son of God.
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