The Book of Ruth is the foreshadowing of the Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ who would give up Himself to rescue His Bride.
by VANESSA WHITE
God's hand is apparent throughout the Book of Ruth. The Book of Ruth is the foreshadowing of the Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ who would give up Himself to rescue His Bride. I love the parallel between the book of Ruth and Christ Jesus our Redeemer who is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. This book displays the Providence of God in the midst of heartache and tragedy. It also tells us of the redemption that is later fully provided through Christ Jesus, the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family. In this book we see the concern God has for individual women.
We can refute the lies in today’s culture because God absolutely cares for women, He cares about the smallest details of our lives!
I’m so hungry to dive into the book of Ruth and glean from this historical book that is pure and charming! I can see Jesus Christ throughout the Scriptures; a treasure chest filled with precious gems of glistening truth that shine God’s pure holiness. May we glean from God’s Word, never to stray from His absolute truth, may we stay; abide with the LORD because worldly pleasures will never, ever satisfy.
Read Ruth 1:1-5
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25
Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there. Ruth 1:1-2
As we read the scriptures, we understand there was a famine in the land of Bethlehem, Judah– the promise land. During these times it was one of the darkest times of the nation’s history, there was devastation in the land, moral decline, disobedience, famine and wandering away from the LORD. Sounds a lot like the culture we live in today; rapid moral decline, a culture that is biblically illiterate, neglecting God’s Holy Word. 2 Timothy 3:2 tells us;
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:2
God’s promises are yes and amen! When we search the scriptures, we come to know and understand that God’s Word can be trusted. Read Psalm 37
Psalm 37:19; They shall not be ashamed in the evil times, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
God is our provision and provider. God takes care of His children.
In the book of Ruth verses 1:1-5 there is no mention of Elimelech seeking God’s direction. Elimelech did not seek the LORD’S direction or guidance when he made his move to Moab, he was self-determined, he reacted to his circumstances. Elimelech chose to leave the promised land and move to a pagan land. Truly, the grass is not greener on the other side.
There is so much application we can take from God’s precious Word, it’s relevant for today. it is a lamp for our path. We are called to seek the LORD with all our heart. When we remove ourselves from where God has placed us without His direction we jeopardize the privileged position found in the center of His will. His grace for us is sufficient in time of need. Hebrews 4:16; 2 Corinthians 12:9
If you want to know if you are in the center of His will, read the scriptures, wait upon the LORD, walk by faith and not by sight, trust Him, stay with Him, never stop praying, turn your eyes upon the LORD Jesus and rest in Him. Remember God’s Providence and God’s sovereign care. Matthew 19:26;Matthew 11:28-29
Dear LORD, thank You for Your sovereign care, Your loving-kindness that leads us to repentance. Help us LORD, to seek Your face, to put our faith and trust in You. Help us to yield our lives afresh daily. May we seek Your will and not walk according to our own ways or our own understanding. Let us be the generation who seeks Your face and does what is right in the sight of the LORD. Please lead us and guide us, keep us far away from the hands of the enemy.
We await our King’s return, let us be the bride who made herself ready. We love You LORD and we worship You.
Part 2 Ruth Study
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