The Book Of Ruth Essay

1215 words - 5 pages

The Book of Ruth Ruth is a story about loyalty, love, and faith. The simple love story
is a key to understanding the plan of God for love, and marriage as
revealed in the scripture. So simple, yet so powerful when understood,
this book is dedicated to the scriptural explanation of Right
Man/Right Woman as related from the perspective of Right Woman. (Keil
& Delitzch) The book of Ruth is the story of Right Man/Right Woman
from the perspective of the woman. The dedication of the book to the
subject of the right woman in Israel is a significant part of the Old
Covenant (Old Testament). Right woman is an important doctrine because
the people of Israel were symbolically the wife of God (Jehovah). In
this Israel was the right woman, and the Lord was the right man. This
love relationship was the most important relationship and became the
most important commandment: ‘’and you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might=>
(Deut: 6:5, 11:13). Marriage illustrates a relationship which is very
important. The entire book of Ruth is dedicated to revealing the
Divine Institution of Marriage between Right Man/Right Woman. (Keil &
Delitzch)

Furthermore the book of Ruth is important because it establishes the
origin of the Davidic Dynasty. David was the greatest king of Israel.
The Davidic Covenant establishes his throne. In addition, the book of
Ruth appears to be a simple love story, which people can relate to.
However, it is much more, because it establishes the doctrine of Right
Man/Right Woman for Israel. (Keil & Delitzch)

On two occasions the writer spoke directly of God=s sovereign,
overseeing grace on behalf of the main characters in the Book of Ruth:
(1) AThere she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the
country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the
Lord had considered his people and given them food @ (Ruth 1:6, NRSV).
(2) Ruth had been barren for several years in Moab before her husband
Mahlon died. Later, as the wife of Boaz, ASo Boaz took Ruth and she
became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive,
and she bore a son@ (Ruth 4:13, NRSV). The Lord was regularly
petitioned to answer prayers on their behalf (Ruth 1:8-9; 2:12;
4:11-12, NRSV). The blessing from the Lord was invoked on behalf of
faithful people (Ruth 2:4, 19-20; 3:10, NRSV). Ruth and Boaz...

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