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June 16

Introduction to Ruth

In the midst of the tumultuous national events recorded in Judges, the book of Ruth tells the story of two widows who have their circumstances turned around after a chance encounter with a relative named Boaz, who marries Ruth to fill the role of kinsman-redeemer, a responsibility described in Leviticus to keep land in the family line (Lev. 25:25). Their son, Obed, becomes the grandfather of King David who, in turn, becomes the ancestor of Jesus Christ.

Though female and a foreigner, Ruth is included as an unlikely member of Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel (Matt. 1:5). Christ ultimately fulfills the role of Redeemer and King which Boaz and David only foreshadow. The book of Ruth is a reminder of God’s power to weave personal loss, religious law, individual faithfulness, and divine providence into an invitation for all people to step into his grand narrative of world-wide redemption.

Today’s Reading

Ruth 1:1-4:22

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband…

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