April 6 – Blessed Be the Lord Who Redeems, Renews and Sustains

God blessed their marriage and Boaz and Ruth gave birth to a son, Obed, who would become the grandfather to Israel’s future king, David.  We will see these names again as Matthew lists the genealogy of Jesus in the opening book of the New Testament.  Ruth and Boaz’s story concludes with the first chapter’s main character: Naomi.   Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!  He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age.  For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”  And everyone lived happily ever after!

When you think about it, this is a miniature telling of God’s Story.  Before the famine, life was rich within the community. (If you are familiar with the tool Crown, Heart, World, this is Column 1). Then, loss caused sorrow and separation (Column 2).  Following this separation, God provided a way of redemption (Column 3).  People learned how to trust and love well and preparations were made for a wedding, just like the wedding God’s people will celebrate with Jesus as the bridegroom (Column 4). At last, we will all live with God in a community where there will be no more tears, worshipping happily through all eternity (Column 5). I love God’s Story!

Ruth 4:14-15 ESV