Ruth: a Female Abraham

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Ruth 1

Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. (v. 16 NRSV)

Ruth had already had a sad past. Now she faced a bleak future: life with a despondent
and depressed mother-in-law and little chance of marriage. After all, who would want to
marry a Moabite widow, especially when God had said, “No . . . Moabite shall be admitted
to the assembly of the Lord” (Deut. 23:3)? And what would she do after Naomi died?

But deep within her soul Ruth felt the call of a gracious and loving God to leave her
ancestral home and go to a strange country. If she obeyed that call, God would bless her
and would bless many other people through her. Despite Naomi’s strenuous objections, Ruth
persisted in obeying God’s will.

And Ruth’s decision was rewarded. By chapter 4 she is married to Boaz and has a son,
who will someday inherit Naomi’s property and become the grandfather of King David and
thus an ancestor of Jesus (see Matt. 1:5-6). And indeed, through faith in Jesus, people of
all nations can receive eternal blessings, eternal life.

PRAYER

I thank you, Lord, that Ruth responded to your call. May I too heed your call

to be an obedient child. Amen.