Matthew 1:5-6 KJV
5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
You are probably thinking Frank those are two random verses for my devotion time. I wanted to take a couple of my turns writing devotions to look through the book of Ruth with you. Before we dig into Ruth a little bit I wanted to give an overview of the book, and talk a little about the theme so we can understand it in context a little better.
Ruth is one of two women in the Old Testament to have an entire book devoted to them (Esther is the other) The book of Ruth tells the story of a Gentile woman who married a Jewish man and became an ancestor of the Messiah (notice the verses we read at the beginning) The book of Ruth begins with famine and death, and ends with life and the birth of a baby. Interesting fact, God is mentioned 25 times in the book of Ruth. In Ruth we see a woman fully devoted to God and to God’s will for her life. One of the greatest professions of faith we find in all of God’s Word is found in the first chapter of Ruth
16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
It’s a book that challenges Christians today to be committed to Christ and to follow His will no matter the cost. Join me in studying through this wonderful book, and I would love to hear any feedback on what you are seeing and what the Lord is showing you as you study Ruth for yourself.