This dissertation will explore the book of Ruth and challenge the reader to see Gods glory in the mist of a storm. What storm you might ask? I will explain that in just few paragraphs, but before we look closely at the details of the book will take some time to comprehend the key characters that makeup the book of Ruth. Will also review what I believe to be their purpose for being intricately woven into this great revelation of Gods grace and mercy.
The Characters of the book of Ruth
The protagonist of this story, in my estimation is a woman of great beauty named Ruth. Her name can be translated as, “something worth looking at, a modern day Beyoncé”. She was a hardworking, morally chaste women who displayed a since of safekeeping, which can be lucidly seen early in the book when she chose to stay with Naomi, her mother-in-law during what was presumed to be a hard time ahead of them. Ruth was young and beautiful. It would be safe to say she could have been remarried wherever she went, but somehow decided that whatever was in Naomi was worth following. Another important fact about Ruth is that we come to ascertain that from the gospel of Matthew, Ruth is identified in the genealogy of Jesus Christ as the grandmother of Obed who we know as the grandfather of King David (Matthew 1). Ruth would demonstrate to be a faithful follower of God who she came to know through the life of the next equally important character, that being Naomi.
Naomi’s name means, “pleasant or pleasant to look at”, and she is presented also as the protagonist of the story. She was a descendant from the Bethlehem or it’s more commonly known as City of David. Naomi moved with her husband Elimelech to Moab after a great famine had fell on the land. Elimelech while only mentioned momentarily in the first chapter name meant, “God is King”. This is important to know because it lets us know that he lived for God and that was clearly evident in the life of Naomi who could be described as the female version of Job in some cases. Naomi and Ruth were the primary central figures of the book captivating the readers with their undying obedience to God the father. But they’re obedience and their commitment to God was also supported by the Kinsman-Redeemer in the man name Boaz. Boaz is described as a handsome man with some wealth and a prominent role in the community. Boaz’s whose name means, “In Him the Lord is Strength”, materializes to rescue the two family members from a life of hard-times and shame. This concludes the discussion around the main characters of the book of Ruth. Switching gears a bit we will now look at the plot of the book and how see how Gods providence was revealed.
The Plot of the book of Ruth
The book of Ruth is about an intimate love story written around 1000BC. The book is written about Ruth during a dark period when Israel was with out a leader and the people did what they wanted (Judges 21:25) and as result consistently fell. The story of Ruth opens with the...