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What is the story of Ruth? How is Ruth related to Jesus?

What is the main message in the Book of Ruth?

The Book of Ruth is presented as being a corollary¹ of the two postulates²: The Book of Joshua and Judges. Its author, Samuel, portrays God’s justice and grace in the events of this book. Divine justice hates and punishes sin; divine grace loves the sinner and delivers him when he repents and cries out for help. The great wonder of the history of the people of Israel is that, despite all the falls, the nation continues to exist, and God has great plans for it. Samuel gives us the explanation of this great reality in the book of Ruth in a most shocking way. What is the story of Ruth and the main message of it?

The main message is that human beings are full of compassion and love for their neighbor. But at the same time, it wants to highlight what happens to people who abandon God and what happens when they find Him.

This is a retelling of the book of Judges and emphasizes the only possible solution to sin and disobedience. The repentant return to a God who never tires of forgiving and restoring. Samuel probably wrote this book after anointed David as the new king over Israel.

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Primary Takeaways

  • The life of Ruth, a Moabite woman, became rich because she was faithful to her mother-in-law and the God of Israel by making wise decisions.
  • Ruth and Boaz illustrate what contractual righteousness and loyalty mean.
  • Naomi understood that what she and her husband had done when they fled from God’s punishment was wrong. Her words in the Book of Ruth, chapter 1, verses 19 and 22 prove her honest repentance.

Key Verse

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

Ruth 1:16-17

The book of Ruth concludes with a genealogy that includes ten names and presents David’s royal genealogical line. Thus the book is a reminder of redemption by focusing on this vital link in which Jews and non-Jews joined together to be part of the genealogy of King David, through whom Jesus Christ came.

I wish you a great day, and at the same time, I would like to direct you to Verse of The Day to get your dose of motivation for your day. May God bless you!