In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The Book of Ruth (c. 1100 BC) is the third of the twelve books of history. It is the story of Ruth, a Gentile from Moab, whose love for the Israelites and God was in stark contrast to the rebellion of Israel. While living in Moab, her Israelite husband along with his brother and father died, leaving both her and her mother-in-law, Naomi, without the security of a husband. Instead of staying in Moab to remarry, Ruth abandoned her pagan culture to go to Israel with Naomi and follow the God of the Israelites. Because of Ruth’s devotion and faith, God delivered Ruth and Naomi from their impoverished plight. Boaz was a wealthy relative to Naomi’s deceased husband, Elimelech. God put in Boaz’s heart the desire to redeem (purchase) the land of Naomi and marry Ruth to continue the bloodline of Elimelech. This was proper and in accordance with the laws of Moses. With Ruth, Boaz fathered Obed who became the grandfather of King David. As a result, Ruth, a Gentile, was included in the lineage of David and Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

This story is similar to what Christ did in the world for both Jew and Gentile. At the cross at Calvary, He freely paid a price that we could not afford so that we might be redeemed from sin and judgment. He purchased the church of believers with His blood. Soon, He will redeem Israel at His second coming at the end of this age.

Ruth 1-2: Ruth demonstrates her love and devotion

Ruth 3-4: Boaz redeems Ruth