What Sort of Story It Has Been

Michael Wilcock

READ : Ruth 4:18-22

Now these are the generations of Perez. (v. 18)

You could say that yesterday’s verses were the climax toward which the whole story has
been moving. From one point of view it is the book not of Ruth, but of Naomi: exiled,
bereaved, with no hope for the future, going out full and coming back empty—but now
with a new home, a new family, and a new hope, an empty life now filled with blessing.

And it is all a story which points to the coming King. It tells how God sets everything
up so as to bring first his son David and then his Son Jesus into the world; so of course
the story is bound to be crammed with blessings for everyone who is drawn into it.

But notice particularly that the line is traced through Perez, the illegitimate child
of incest (v. 18). It is the kind of line which in Matthew 1:3 is extended further, right
down to Jesus, and on the way highlights Ruth the outsider along with four other women:
Tamar the mother of Perez, Rahab the prostitute, Bathsheba the adulteress, and Mary the
virgin. Every one a scandal! Every one a miracle!

That is why Ruth’s story is part of the story of salvation—God’s plan for people who need saving.


Lord, you save people! Thank you for saving me. Amen.