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Ruth is the most beautiful story of God’s providence. It doesn’t shy away from the traumas of life, the brokenness of suffering, but it does place it within the bigger picture. Ruth, like Rahab, chooses to follow Yahweh, the God of Israel, and in doing so, like Rahab, takes her place in the genealogy of Jesus described by Matthew. The Moabitess chooses to follow the God of Israel.
In the story of Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer, we also begin to see a story that heralds the work of The Redeemer. We are like Ruth and are in need of rescue. We cannot do it ourselves. We need a kinsman-redeemer named Jesus. We also see a hint of Jesus the bridegroom, and us, the church, his redeemed bride. And maybe also a hint of the Lord’s supper where we too are asked to sit down and dine.