Day 10

Ruth

from the This Is the Old Testament reading plan


Ruth 1:1-5, Ruth 4:1-17, Matthew 1:1-6, Matthew 1:16, Titus 2:11-14

BY She Reads Truth

This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we move from the Pentateuch into the second section of the Old Testament, the Historical Books.

What Is Ruth? The book of Ruth tells the story of a widowed Moabite woman named Ruth whose marriage to Boaz brought hope and a legacy to both herself and her widowed Israelite mother-in-law.

How Ruth Fits Into the Story: Ruth’s covenantal faithfulness to Naomi and to God showed that those who were not born as Israelites could, by faith, still become one of God’s people (Is 56:3–7). The book of Ruth demonstrates how the Lord shows His covenant faithfulness to His people, often in surprising ways. God’s provision for Ruth, an ancestor of David and Jesus, was also a provision for His people’s need for a king. 

Reflection Questions: 
1. How have you seen God meet your needs? How does God’s provision for you equip you to meet the needs of others?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?

Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.

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65 thoughts on "Ruth"

  1. Victoria E says:

    @Mari V indeed !

  2. Kristine Purcell says:

    I to like Ruth. It’s sort of a love story. Ruth losses her husband and God bring her another man who happens to be of the lineage of Jesus. With this she gets mentioned in the genealogy in Matthew. She is one of the non Jews in the line of Jesus. Thus shows to me that God will use anyone to fulfill his message of redemption.

  3. Monique Hernandez says:

    Keep strong keep praying big hugs to you.

  4. Monique Hernandez says:

    Wow!!! Yes, I didn’t notice that.

  5. Monique Hernandez says:

    Good question

  6. Kim Gillis says:

    Never thought of it before, but Ruth was with Mahlon for 10 years and never had children?? Gods plan for Ruth was so great, he saved her motherhood for Boaz—so that Ruth would be in the lineage of Jesus ❤️

  7. SarahJoy says:

    I have always loved Ruth (mostly because it was about a girl). Her huge heart and self-sacrifice now challenges me because it isn’t a story about any girl. This woman saw something in Naomi’s God that drew her.
    God has been so faithful so many times in my life as He lead me from step to step. There were times when I though the tough times were mistakes, but looking back I see how beautifully it wove together. God used those “mistakes” to lead me into a new major. That lead to study abroad, meeting new friends, and then they worked at Bible camp with me. Since then students have come internationally to work there! All because I needed to get a degree in four years. Only God could do that!

    I’m thankful for the wisdom of perspective that I can offer to my sister and friends who are in college or finishing. They have the ability to gain from my story to know God will lead them too.

    God’s desire for us is as lovely as Boaz and Ruth. He made a way to redeem us. He desires relationship with us regardless of our history.

  8. Melissa Mcronney says:

    I learned so much with today’s reading, thank You Jesus

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