The book of Ruth (like every book of God’s Word) is a beautiful picture of Jesus Christ. Ruth clings to Naomi and says to her, "Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.” (Ruth 1:16) The first symbolic picture we see is a Gentile willing to leave everything she knew and be grafted into the Israelite people and the covenant they had with their God. She does this by faith and is accepted by a “redeemer,” Boaz. He is called redeemer because he has the power to take Ruth as a wife and “redeem” the name of Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion by having a son to continue their family name and inheritance. Today millions of Gentiles are leaving behind their old gods to be grafted into the original covenant the LORD made with Abraham and they are being taken as a wife to the Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
The book of Ruth is associated with and read during the feast of Weeks (Pentecost) among Jewish people still today. This is because the story takes place during barley harvest and at the beginning of wheat harvest which is when the feast of Pentecost occurs. What a powerful “coincidence” that the book read by Jews at Pentecost is about a Gentile being redeemed and grafted into God’s covenant blessing.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan