Lessons from the Book of Ruth
Author: F. Duane Lindsey
Week of October 26, 2014
The story of Ruth has taught us many lessons—lessons revolving around God and His people, His promises, and His providence.
An important truth running through the Bible is God’s plan to bless both the physical and spiritual descendants of Abraham. The promise of blessing on Abraham’s physical descendants relates to the nation Israel. The promise of blessing to Abraham’s spiritual descendants extends to all nations of the earth. Ruth was an example of God’s blessing extending beyond the borders of Israel. God chose to include her in the line leading to Abraham’s ultimate descendant, Jesus Christ, who is the agent of the blessing to all nations. Thus Ruth was a link in God’s chain from Abraham to Christ to bring worldwide blessing.
That line to Christ in which Ruth was a link also passed through David, because God purposed that Christ would be the son of David, one who would rule on David’s throne over a restored physical national Israel in a future period of divine blessing on the earth.
The hiddenness of God’s providence is highlighted in the story of Ruth. He worked mostly behind the scenes to use selected people and events to accomplish His purpose.
At the heart of the narrative of Ruth is the concept of redemption. Boaz illustrated the functions of a kinsman-redeemer and also exemplified the godliness, grace, and love later manifested in the Kinsman-Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Of the many practical lessons in Ruth, that of friendship stands out. Ruth’s devotion to Naomi and Naomi’s concern for Ruth frame a beautiful tapestry of feelings and events.
A suggestion: Read the Book of Ruth again, and make changes in your life to reflect the grace and glory found in that delightful story.