‘ For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called wonderful…..
The lord enabled Ruth to conceive , and our story ends with Obed in Naom’s arms, her own kinsman redeemer, who would carry her son’s name and sustain her in old age(v15). The women round off the story with amoving tribute to Ruth,’your daughter-in-law, who lovers you and who is better to you than seven sons’(v 15).
There is of course no promise of a life free from truble and tragedy. They had already experienced the years in Moab and the insecurities of their return. The people of God were 400 years in Egypt before being rescued and 70 years in exile before their return, but this baby’s line would include King David, and, in due time, the Saviour of the world. The Challende for the,, as for us, is to trust that the Sovereign Lord is working out his purposes, even in hard times.Ruth the Moabite, is named at the beginning of Mathew’s Gospel in Jesus ‘genealogy, along with Bathsheba, the Hittite, and Rahab, the Cannaanite, Godwas at work , even in the time of the Judges,bringing about his purpose for all the peoples of the world. One link in the Bible’s story is the town of Bethlehem , from the birth of Benjamin, through Judges, Ruth and Birth of Obed, to Micah’s prophesy and the Birth of Jesus.
In AD2012, as in 1100 BC, the issues faces here are common ones-widowhood, childlessness, poverty, prejudice against ethnic minorities abd Vulnerability in make dominated culture, the call to commitment , integrity kindness and trust in the Lord is the powerful message of Ruth;s story, in the workplace, in the home and in exile. The story also teaches us that the Lord can use the loving interventions of others to turn despaininto hope for those whose path is better.
Reading this story,. What have been the challenges,? Pray for the gift of loving kindness and for greater trust in God’s providence.