Ruth 1-2

*We are going to read through Ruth, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Song of Songs and Job, in that order. *

This is a great book! Here’s the Bible Reading Project run-down. I love this book and think it’s dreamy and Jesus-foreshadowy and promising and interesting. Here are some of my favorite things that happened in this chapter:

-My Bible makes note that friendly relations with the Moabites were discouraged (Deut. 23:3-6) because of their failure to help the Israelites during the exodus. Boaz would’ve had biblical reason to steer clear of Ruth, but he showed kindness and mercy to her instead. 

-God accepts Ruth because of her faithfulness. It’s a perfect example of his impartiality. She belonged to a people that Israel despised, but God saw past her race, gender and nationality and saw her heart. No one is disqualified to receive God’s love, which means no one should be disqualified to be loved by us, either.

-God loves and tends to widowed women! There wasn’t anything worse than being widowed back then, especially with no sons around to take care of you. The story of Ruth and Boaz is more than just a love story between them, it’s a love story of how God provides for the least of these.

What jumped out to you? Read along with us!

 

-Carly

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