The Book of Ruth:
Dating: 1350 – 1050 BC How do we know this? It was written in the time of the Judges.
Ruth 1:1 "Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons."
Penman: Many believe it was Samuel – Although God is the author of all the Bible (II Timothy 3:16-17)
A Moabite - Ruth 1:4 "And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years."
Moabite’s were not God’s people: Deuteronomy 23:3"An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever:" Thus, she was a Gentile) How could a Gentile possibly be justified? James 2:25 "Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?" Ruth as well was a faithful woman and will be and was justified by her faith. Judaism was not only a race, but a faith in Jehovah God! Ruth was not, by bloodline, a Jew. However, she was the wife of a Jew (Ruth 1:1-5). Boaz, by the same Law that said not to marry a Moabite, bought the rights of next of kin (Deuteronomy 25:5; cf. Ruth 2:1; 4:1-10). When you read the Book of Ruth, you find that she was a proselyte [a convert] (Ruth 1:16). The Old Law said: "Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness" (Isaiah 1:27). Had she been a man, there'd be issue with the bloodline. Since she is a woman, there is no such issue. The lineage was not passed down through women, but of men. David was a descendent of Boaz. When you look at the genealogies, it was not the seed of a woman that was passed down (i.e. Numbers 1-3).
Hebrews 11:31 "By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace."
The Jew’s were God’s people:
I. The Significance of a Gentile in the bloodline to ChristRuth was David’s Great-Grandmother-thus through marriage enter the bloodline to Christ
KJV Matthew 1:5-6
5. And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat
Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
With approval even of the people
II. Ruth’s Love for her mother in-lawKJV Ruth 1:10-17
10. And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.
11. And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
12. Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
13. Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.
14. And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.
15. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.
16. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
17. Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
She respected her mother in-law and that caught Boaz’s attention
and caused him to favor her (and as we already read lead to her marriage
III. Lesson’s to Learn from RuthHonor mother and father
KJV Matthew 19:19
Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Justify yourself with Good works and faith
Realize that the door is not shut on anyone until the day of which
Let others respect our faith in God as did Ruth in Naomi
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