RUTH

But Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you or to return 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.”

Ruth 1:16

Ruth’s determination, loyalty and wisdom in giving up her pagan customs and adopting those of the people of the living God included her in the lineage of the Messiah and made her a TRUE HERO!

The name Ruth means “companion, friend” in Hebrew.  Ruth was a Moabite who became an ancestor of David, Mary and Jesus Christ.  After Naomi and Elimelech, together with their sons Chilion and Mahlon, had to leave their home in Bethelem-judah because of the famine, Ruth married Mahlon. The men died and Naomi, Ruth and Orpah were widowed. Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem and Ruth, because she was so fond of her, left with her. Ruth decided to adopt as hers the God, customs and people of her mother in law so that she would not have to abandon her.  They arrived in Bethlehem at the time of the barley harvest. Ruth gleaned in the field after the reapers to earn a living and maintain her mother in law. While doing that work she met Boaz, a relative of Naomi, who treated her kindly and then fell in love with her.  Boaz bought Mahlon’s inheritance in the family estate and thus, according to Hebrew law (Deuteronomy 25:5-10) acquired the right to marry Ruth.  His first-born was Obed, who was Ishai’s father and David’s grandfather.

QUALITIES: Loyal, Faithful, Generous, Firm, Persistent, Meek, Determined, Working, Thankful