Ruth isn’t often read at Christmas, and yet it’s hard to understand why; it is within the book of Ruth that we hear how God deliberately brought Gentiles into the Davidic family tree – the line into which Jesus was born.
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!”
Boaz was acting out of family loyalty and love for his clan – he was a kinsman-redeemer; someone who would have bought back a family member who was in captivity or slavery, or who could avenge the wrongs done to them. As a relative of Naomi, he was able to buy her land and take her daughter-in-law – Ruth, a Moabite foreigner – into his household as his wife. At the end of the passage, we read that her great-grandson was King David!
The way Boaz acted is an example of how God redeemed his people, Israel.
Centuries beforehand, the Lord had promised that he would send a Saviour to rescue his people from slavery to sin and darkness. That promise came true in Jesus – God literally came down as man to live, walk and talk amongst us!
Today’s actions; GO and SERVE in two ways;
- Look through the long-term serving opportunities, and pray that God would raise up faithful workers to serve in those positions
- Take a donation of cash, food or re-usable possessions to your local refugee centre or homeless charity – demonstrate the love that Jesus showed in associating with the poorest and strangers in his society
Praise God for sending Jesus to us as a redeemer!
Thank God that he cared so much for us, even when we were turned away from him
Pray that God would provide and care for nations through the witness of Christians and Christian agencies, turning their bitterness into pleasantness through the saving message of Jesus Christ