The last chapter of Ruth can be seen as a summary of the way she lived her life in very few words.

Boaz wasted no time in settling the matter of being Ruth’s kinsman-redeemer. I see that he did this not only because it was part of his character, but also because he saw who she was (that’s not very good phrasing, so I hope you understand what I’m trying to say in just a few words).

He did not have to take her as his wife. He could have passed on the responsibility to the next closest relative after him, just as the one before him did (4:6-8). But he proclaimed, at the public gate, that he would take her as his wife. The elders of the city gave their blessing (because they knew her character and reputation also?) and said that they hoped his house would be as prosperous as that of Jacob (although they referred to Rachel and Leah presumably because they were the ones who bore him his sons).

After Ruth bore him his first son, the women of the city made a very bold proclamation concerning her. First they acknowledged what it seemed everyone knew…that Ruth loved Naomi. But then they said something that was very uncommon in that culture/time. Ruth was better than seven sons! Wow! That statement sums up the entire character of Ruth:

Respectful, hardworking, caring, unselfish, thoughtful, faithful, loyal, obedient, steadfast, conscientious, loving

 

I think her greatest characteristic was that she was submissive. She was submissive to Naomi and to Boaz, but her ultimate submission was to a God she was just getting to know. When she said, in chapter 1, “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God,” she really meant it. She lived those words, and her life led to the birth of the Savior. (See the lineage in Matthew, chapter 1)

So why do I think that “submission” was Ruth’s greatest characteristic? Without doing a whole study on submission, my point of view on submission is really very simple. There is freedom in being submissive. (Please read Romans 6:15-23. I read it in the English Standard Version to get a better understanding of what it said.)

I want to always be aware of the people and things God brings into my life, and remember that every event will lead to THE end. I am responsible for making the choice of whether I want that end to glorify my Savior or myself.

 

Gaining strength though our fellowship.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” {1 John 1:3 KJV}

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