LGD 138: Lineage

book and a picture

Yesterday, Boaz redeemed Ruth, and their courtship became complete with a wedding.

book and a picture
Photo by Jason Wong on Unsplash

Our story concludes with a powerful lineage.

After Boaz and Ruth were married, it wasn’t long before a little one came along. The women of the town told Naomi that it was great that a redeemer had saved her family.

Naomi was so happy to have a grandson, and she loved him as her own.

Here’s where it gets exciting,

“The neighbor women said, “Now at last Naomi has a son again!” And they named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of David.”

Ruth 4:17

As we head towards Christmas, the line of Jesus can be traced back to many people, including King David.

And who was the grandfather of King David?

Yep, you guessed it.

Obed – who was born to Boaz and Ruth. The line of Jesus passes through the broken and redeemed.

The application for us is that you never know the end of the story until it is written. When Ruth lost her husband, she thought her story was finished.

When she traveled back to a small town (Bethlehem) with her mother-in-law, she didn’t realize “God was preparing her for what He had prepared for her.” (Ed Young quote)

Her family would be part of a line to the King of Kings, and the Savior of the world.

Ruth’s story appeared tragic (and it was in some cases), but just as she was redeemed, Christ came to redeem us all.

And, that is the best part of our story.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for redeeming us. Thank you for the example of Ruth and Boaz. Please help me to live a story worth sharing and to be a reflection of You. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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