[bible1year] Devotional comments on Ruth

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 19 Mar 2014 11:41:42 -0000

        The events in the Book of Ruth take place during the days of 
the judges, but what a difference we see! Instead of violence and 
lawlessness, it is filled with tenderness, love, and sacrifice. The 
book is placed between Judges and Samuel for a definite reason. 
Judges shows the decline of the Jewish nation; while Samuel shows 
the setting up of the Jewish kingdom. Ruth pictures Christ and His 
bride, for during this present age Christ is calling for His bride 
from among the Gentiles and the Jews.

        Elimelech, Naomi, and their two sons Mahlon and Chilion, a 
Bethlehem family, went to live in Moab because of famine in their 
land. The Moabites were descendants of Lot; thus distantly related 
to the Jews. However, the Moabites worshiped idols. The two sons 
married Moabite women (Ruth and Orpah) while living there, and after 
ten years the father and both sons had died. Ruth, with a burst of 
devotion of superb beauty, returned to Bethlehem with Naomi.

        Boaz was the son of Rahab, the Jericho Canaanitish harlot 
(see our March 4 lesson). Thus David's great grandmother was a 
Moabite and his great grandfather half Canaanite--outside blood to 
form the chosen family within the chosen nation.

        This book begins with a funeral and ends with a wedding! It 
opens with famine and closes with fullness. Ruth's love for her 
mother-in-law, and her willingness to obey the Word, brought her 
into joy and blessing. The decision she made in chapter 1 to return 
to Bethlehem with Naomi determined her future.

        Certainly Boaz is a picture of Christ, our Kinsman-Redeemer. 
Christ took upon Him our flesh (without sin, of course), that He 
might redeem us. He paid the price, and He did it because He loved 
us. Like Boaz, He is the Lord of the Harvest; He supplies our needs; 
He redeems the inheritance for us; He gives us rest.