Jesus In Ruth

Jesus in Ruth


“So she answered, ‘I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.’”                        

Ruth 3:9 NKJV


                In Matthew 1:5 we see that Ruth is named as an ancestor of Jesus Christ. It is remarkable on its own to see such a story arc, but in this week’s article I want to take note not of the simple historical connection, but I want us to look deeper into what it means that Ruth specifically is mentioned as an ancestor of our Lord.

                Ruth is one of five women mentioned in Matthew 1. You can read the names of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Uriah’s wife, and Mary.  It is obvious of all the women Matthew could have listed he listed these for a particular reason. Figuring out that reason is a great Bible study and I encourage you to continue in it because I will only cover a portion of Ruth for this brief article.

                When we take a look back in the book of Ruth, the most striking attribute about her is the fact that she is not an Israelite, yet she plays a pivotal role in the history of the entire world! Ruth is a Moabitess, and in the Law an Israelite was prohibited from marrying a foreigner (Deuteronomy 7:1-6) and if one was from Moab, it was even worse (Deuteronomy 23:3-6). However, here is Ruth nonetheless. What could it mean? It echoes the call of mercy and love from our God and the redemption of all people (Isaiah 56:1-8) that is found in Jesus!

                Will you accept His mercy and answer His call? To answer, we must begin by obeying. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).