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Communion Meditation…

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive… Boaz the father of Obed, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David. – Ruth 4:13, 21b-22

Why is the short book of Ruth in the Bible? It is a beautiful romance, but why is it in the Bible?

Ruth, set in the time of the Judges, gives us a glimpse into a devout family in Israel at a time of growing chaos in the nation. But it is more.

Set between the book of Judges and the time of the first kings, Ruth is the ancestress of David, the greatest of all the kings.

More than that, she was also the ancestress of Jesus. She was a Moabite woman, not of Israel at all – but she has special mention in the list of Jesus’ ancestors in Matthew 1:5.

Significant? Yes.

She was a Gentile. Jesus was not only of the seed of Israel; He was also of Gentile stock. He is kin to all men. As my kinsman, Jesus, the Son of God, is the perfect mediator between me and God.

God was thinking of me way back in Ruth when this young widow of an Israelite determined her husband’s God would be her God and his people would be her people.

When I come to this Table, am I as committed to the God of Israel and to His Son as this young woman was? Am I as willing to leave home and kindred for His cause? Am I willing to leave my dead past behind as she left her homeland? Will I follow her example?


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