Apr 19th 2021 · Day 109
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In stark contrast to the book of Judges, Ruth is a story of total redemption for a family unit that has experienced great hardship and loss.
As I read Ruth in this season, it feels so timely. Our nations are in a time of crisis and many families have suffered terrible losses due to Covid-19, whether it be a family death, financial loss, or the psychological and mental and emotional effects of long lockdowns.
People are asking how or who will help us rebuild from the rubble of this past year. The story of Ruth offers the unchanging answer: Jesus.
Ruth is a Moabite woman, a widow, who despite her experiences in life and her racial and cultural differences has committed her heart to Israel’s God, Yahweh. In Ruth 1:16, not only does her uncommon and extraordinary commitment to her mother-in-law shine through, but so too does her commitment to the Lord: Naomi’s God is now very much Ruth’s God.
Arriving in Bethlehem ‘at the beginning of the barley harvest’ (v22), eager to provide for herself and her mother-in-law, Ruth goes out to glean. The Lord leads Ruth to a part of a field owned by Boaz. Boaz, it turns out, is Naomi’s kinsman (close relative) and soon to be both Ruth and Naomi’s redeemer – a redeemer is someone who protects, saves, guards; one who provides; someone who rescues and sets free. Do you see the connection with Jesus?
Ruth’s life begins to be pulled from rubble, and she becomes one of only five women recorded in the genealogy of Jesus.
Pause and reflect: Do you know anyone who is struggling and asking, ‘Who will help us rebuild after this year?’ Pray for them now.
Originally from the Midlands, UK, Vicki and Andrew live in North Carolina, USA with their awesome children. On a journey of learning how to humbly do family God’s way, they are passionate about seeing broken lives restored through the love of Jesus, studying scripture, and seeking the presence of God in worship.
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