10th May 2017

This week I have been reading the book of Ruth. This short book is found after Judges in the Old Testament. It’s the story of Ruth, a non-Israeli woman from neighbouring Moab, who ended up moving to Bethlehem with her mother in law after the death of her husband. Once there she found security and redemption from a kind hearted man called Boaz, whom she eventually married. This is what Boaz said to her when they first met...

“I know about all the help you have given your mother-in-law after your husband died. You left your father and mother and your own country to come to a nation where you did not know anyone. May the LORD reward you for all you have done. May your wages be paid in full by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for shelter.”
Ruth 2:11-12 The NCV Bible

This short and beautiful story is an insight into how people lived in Israel back then. It also is a picture of God’s grace and redemption. Ruth was not a Jew, and yet was welcomed and accepted by Boaz. Ruth had nothing, and yet Boaz provided for her. Through marriage, Ruth became part of the people of God. Not only that, Ruth became the great-grandmother of King David, the greatest king of the Old Testament, and an ancestress of Jesus! This story reveals God’s big inclusive heart for all people. He welcomes us, accepts us, provides us and we become part of the people of God!

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

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