Day 10

Renowned In Bethlehem

from the Ruth reading plan

Ruth 4:1-12, Psalm 74:1-3, Leviticus 25:23-28

BY Raechel Myers

Text: Ruth 4:1-12, Psalm 74:1-3, Leviticus 25:23-28

Our Ruth is waiting in obedience to Naomi. (I say “our Ruth” because we all feel a little bit protective over her at this point, don’t we? Maybe we even see a little of ourselves in her.) And Boaz is pursuing a future with Ruth through the proper channels. He respects the law, and he’s demonstrating over and over again that he is an honorable guy.

Boaz wants this to be legal—for the agreement to be made in plain sight, in the presence of elders. This is a particularly public scene, and it’s a cornerstone in the foundation of the most public scenes in Christian history.

This narrative almost makes me want to giggle with excitement and nod knowingly. When Boaz fairly and legally earns the right to take Ruth as his wife, the ten elders invoke this awesome, ancient blessing for fruitfulness on their union: “May the Lord make [Ruth] like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem” (Ruth 4:11).

You guys, it’s almost like they knew!

God reveals a peek at His awesome tapestry when we look at the bigger picture of Boaz and Ruth’s love story. We pull back the curtain and see that Ruth’s decision to follow Naomi was so much more than an address change; it is a tiny piece of God’s grand plan.

That blessing of fruitfulness would soon bring forth a son, Obed, who would be the father of Jesse. And Jesse’s son was David. (Yep, the guy who slayed Goliath, was anointed king, and wrote many of the Psalms.) David also happens to be the direct ancestor of a baby whose parents returned to their hometown, Bethlehem, to deliver Him in a manger.

Jesus. Renowned in Bethlehem, indeed!

Ruth and Boaz have an awesome family history of redemption. Even better, through this family tree, the Redeemer—our Redeemer—would come to buy back the world.

Christ has redeemed us like Boaz redeemed Ruth. Their love story is our love story. In the most public way possible, Jesus redeemed us once and for all, a people for His own possession.  

May we go forward today knowing we are loved so genuinely and so incredibly by the One who redeemed us to be His.

We are loved, indeed. And we are His.

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67 thoughts on "Renowned In Bethlehem"

  1. Tiffanie says:

    This story has been amazing to read . And WOW ! I was not expecting them to connected in anyway to David or Jesus ! This is the perfect story to remind me God is working in my life even when I don’t feel like he is !

  2. Susan says:

    I cannot get over the power in the book of Ruth! His Power! I smile as I read this section of scriptures. My Redeemer Lives!

  3. Bessie Thomas says:

    We are but dust and the Lord chose to redeem us <3

  4. SB says:

    Boaz always shines bright to me in this book! The way he goes about honoring Ruth. Doing all the right things to make sure she isn’t looked at badly. I just think it’s an amazing example of how we can raise our boys. So much of today’s culture is raise your daughters to be “perfect princesses” and I love how Boaz treats her and Naomi.

  5. Kate Spaans says:

    Redemption! How wonderful to cling to that hope now just as our sister Ruth did so many years ago!

  6. Rachal T. says:

    This reminds me of what God wants us to do, be obedient and trust Him. Ruth was faithful in her obedience and trusted Naomi. As a result, she was blessed beyond measure. It wasn’t easy to wait and work hard in between, but it was worth it. I am telling myself to remain obedient to what the Lord is telling me to do as I wait and trust Him until my blessing arrives. And maybe, just maybe He is trying to change me in the process to keep chasing Him over my own agenda.

  7. Loren Meyers says:

    By far one of my favorite studies on She Reads Truth! Ruth is a story of total faithfulness and devotion. So inspiring!

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