Prophetic Legacy

I have recently reread the story of Ruth. The beauty of this true fairy tale holds me captive. The author of Ruth is unknown, though some have attributed the book to Samuel, while others deny that possibility. It’s poetry, symmetry, and focus on God as our ultimate Redeemer lead me to wonder if David might not have penned this story. I imagine his grandmother holding him close and recounting the family history. His eyes grow big as he listens to the tragic tale of loss and yet more loss. But with eager anticipation he leans forward knowing that redemption is coming. His existence is proof that God intervened. And certainly the story does not disappoint. Ruth, the foreigner, the widow, the destitute, becomes Ruth the proselyte, the relative, the redeemed.

What a powerful and precious legacy for the one who would be renowned as the predecessor of the Messiah.  Ruth’s redemption is a picture of what David’s Seed would ultimately accomplish.

For without Christ, I am the foreigner, the widow, the destitute. But in Christ, I who was not a people, have become the special possession of God Himself. No longer a widow, I am a member of the bride of Christ. Destitute no more, I have become a co-heir of the heavenly kingdom.

What Boaz did for Ruth, Jesus has accomplished for all. The redemption Ruth experienced, is but a tiny square in the mosaic of God’s intricate plan: a tiny square with a shadowy impression of the redemption wrought in His Son.

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