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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  1. Steph C says:

    “Remember Your congregation, which You purchased long ago and redeemed as the tribe for Your own possession” (Psalm 74:2). Though this verse refers to Israel, a people God redeemed to be His chosen people, I believe it can be applied to believers as well. God redeemed us when we were strangers to His grace and desperate for mercy. We had nothing good to attract Him, yet He chose us and loved us. He redeemed us to be His children- bearers of His image, declarers of His goodness and glory. Oh Father, so many times I view your redemption cheaply. Remind me of Your grace in my need, Your righteousness in my sinfulness. Help me to love people with Your love and not to respond in haste or anger.

  2. lindsmjustins says:

    My mom’s group is finishing up this study and we are curious how Psalm 74:1-3 ties in to this day and devotional? What are we missing?

    1. Renee says:

      This is a very delayed response… hopefully you got one before me chiming in here! My thought is that the Psalm passage highlights the fact that we, as believers, have been purchased by God. I wondered the same thing, at first!

  3. Chay says:

    Can I just shout out loud how awesome our God is?! Every page of His book speaks to me no matter where I am in life. I started this study (awhile ago…I have 4 kids and it’s a struggle to stay consistent in my studies) and at the time it spoke to me on a level of renewed love and admiration for my husband who is so much like Boaz. And now! Now it’s speaking to me about waiting on the Lord who will do such amazing things with my life if I trust and dwell in Him (we’re selling our house, a stressful prospect with so many kids and cleaning). I will trust in the Lord, my God, to bring us the right buyers at the right time. I am overjoyed and beside myself with emotion for the gratitude and wonder at my Savior.

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