The book of Ruth in the old testament is a clear
picture of God's Grace, undeserved favor towards his children.
Like you and me, Ruth did not deserve God's favor. She
was a Moabite, an enemy of the people of God and a people cursed by
In a manner of speaking, Ruth became
Born Again. When Ruth husband
died Her mother in law Naomi urged her to return to "her gods", but
Ruth said that Naomi's God (Jehovah, Yahweh, Elohim) would be her
God - she confessed with her mouth (Romans 10:9. When we
become Born Again, we also become subject to the Grace of God, God's
undeserved favor. Up to that point in our lives we were God's
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
That is Grace!
Ruth 1: 15 And Naomi said, See, your
sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return
after your sister-in-law. 16 And Ruth said, Urge me not to
leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go I
will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my
people and your God my God.
So, Ruth is a Old Testament "type" of the New
Testament church. Ruth and Naomi travel back to Naomi's
original home of Bethlehem, arriving at harvest time. There,
Naomi has a close kinsman, a man named Boaz.
Immediately upon arrival, Ruth wants to look for
Grace, she is expecting Grace.
Ruth 2:3 And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi,
Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him
in whose sight I shall find favor.
Ruth then "happened
to appear at the part of the field belonging to Boaz".
Ruth found favor with Boaz. He
instructed his servants to not molest her (protection) and to give
her water to drink (provision) when she became thirsty.
Boaz ordered his servants to let her glean in the best place and
even to drop handfuls of grain in her path for her to pickup.
Ruth 2:15-16 And when she got up to glean, Boaz
ordered his young men, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do
not reproach her. And let fall some handfuls for her on
purpose and let them lie there for her to glean, and do not rebuke
Ruth was unaware that she had a
wealthy relative that was helping her. From her point of view
she was prospering and life was becoming easy. Good things
were happening to her and for her. Like Ruth, we might
sometimes be unaware that we have God's Grace working for us.
One mistake we make is to think that our works, our intelligence,
our education is the reason for our success. Jesus said in
am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in
him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
With Jesus, we are to rest in Him.
Boaz is a "type" of Jesus, our Kinsman Redeemer.
The New Testament says that
Grace and Truth came by
Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Jesus is Grace. In this
case, Ruth became Born Again and Boaz (Jesus) immediately began
working on her behalf. Boaz servants are "types" of Jesus
servants, angels and men, working to show Grace to Ruth.
Later in the story Boaz decides to marry Ruth.
Again, this typifies the church becoming the bride of Christ.
But the Law of Moses was in the way. Because Ruth was a
Moabite, the Law stood against her. Also, there was a relative
that was closer to Naomi than was Boaz. Boaz called for a
group of ten elders of the city (ten typifies the law) to witness
his discussions with the other relative. The other relative
was under the Law and refused to marry Ruth. The ten elders
witnessed that Boaz would marry Ruth and sanctioned the marriage.
In effect Boaz, like Jesus, fulfilled the Law.
Ruth 4:9 And Boaz said to the elders and to
all the people, You are witnesses this day that I have bought all
that was Elimelech's and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's from
the hand of Naomi.
Chilion and Mahlon were Naomi's sons that dies in
Moab. The name Chilion means "wasting" in Hebrew. The
name Mahlon means sickness in Hebrew. We have been redeemed
from wasting and from sickness!
Naomi and Ruth, the outsider. Jesus redeemed us, all outsiders
as well. We are now family members of the family of God.
Ruth was the great grandmother of King David and was in the lineage