Friday, November 06, 2009
Ruth and Boaz
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
(Ruth 4:13-17, New King James Version)
Ruth and Boaz
As we come to the end of the book of Ruth, we learn that Ruth and Boaz were married and were blessed with a son whom they named Obed. Look at the blessing that the women of the village spoke to Naomi.
“Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.”
Did that blessing come true? Yes, in more ways than they ever thought possible! Obed was the father of Jesse, who was the father of David, making Naomi King David's great-great-grandmother. Through this same David, the Christ child would come, who would truly be the restorer of life everlasting.
The story of Ruth and Boaz is a beautiful story showing us the way that God works among His children in the normal circumstances of life. There was nothing in this story that was unusual for the culture of that time. Yet, every single detail was ordered by God, who preserved the bloodline of Christ who would be conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, a descendant of David.
Sometimes we tend to take the work of the Lord for granted. Maybe we are expecting a big display to show forth the greatness of God. Perhaps that is why is was so difficult for the Jews to understand that Jesus was (and is) the Messiah. He did not come in great splendor, but rather he came to live in the humble home of a carpenter and his wife.
Do not despise the work of the Lord in your own life. Do not think that what you do is unimportant or less worthy because you are not showered with public attention. God does His work in the lives of His people who are living out their ordinary, day-to-day lives.
As we think of the story of Ruth and Boaz, let us pray that God will be gracious to us and that we will be faithful in all of the little tasks He gives us to do.
God Bless You,