Reflection on Ruth 3:1-10, 4:13-22

The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!”

The story of the Lord’s provision for Naomi and Ruth now reaches its climax.

Naomi tells Ruth that Boaz, the landowner who has allowed them to glean in his fields, has obligations to them by virtue of his being a kinsman-redeemer. She tells Ruth to go that night and lie with him at his feet.

In the night, Boaz stirs and discovers her. He tells her that, while it is true that he is a kinsman-redeemer, there is another who is a nearer relative.

Boaz sorts out the protocol with the other relative, and then, having established that the other man is unwilling to meet his obligations, Boaz marries Ruth. In time, Ruth bears a child, Obed, the grandfather of King David.

From being a foreign woman with no husband, therefore vulnerable and having zero status, Ruth is propelled into a family line that eventually leads to David and thence to Jesus.

The outsider is brought in and adopted into the royal family line.

This tells us a lot about God’s provision for those who are humble and of good heart.

It is also a stunning picture of what God has done for us in Christ. We were once on the outside of God’s kingdom, but He has brought us in ad made of us a royal priesthood.

Father, you are so kind and gracious. I was once a sinner and far from you. But in Jesus you have brought me into your royal family. Thank you! Amen.


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