Naomi and Ruth
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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

Ruth: The Loyalty of one Woman (about 30 years)

During this time of trouble in the book of Judges, one very personal story is told. It is about a woman who was not of the nation of Israel by blood, but by marriage. The importance of this story cannot be minimized, for Ruth becomes the great grandmother of David, future King of Israel! As we see her story, we are confronted with the agony of a foreign woman in a strange land.  But she is also a woman of great integrity, and one whom God chooses to use for this very reason! Notice Ruth’s story …

  • Ruth’s husband dies, and she chooses to return with her mother-in law to Israel. (1)
  • Ruth cares for her mother-in-law Naomi, despite the enormous sacrifices it costs her as a young woman. (2)
  • Boaz takes notice of Ruth ands cares for her through special provisions. (3)
  • Boaz and Ruth begin the family of David, revealing the importance of the Kinsman – Redeemer provision within the Law of God, which was given to Moses. (4)

In our next study, we will see the Rise and Fall of the Nation of Israel as a super power. The reasons will not change from those given to Joshua and renewed at Shechem. So far, we have provided you with the basis of your understanding of how God operates in time. Perhaps it is time for you to make the covenant promise with the God of the Universe as well.

It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.

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