The book of Ruth has long been a celebrated story, both in the Jewish and Christian faiths. The powerful narrative centering on Naomi, her daughter-in-law Ruth, and Ruth’s eventual husband, Boaz, is one that teaches vital lessons still relevant thousands of years later. God quietly works in the background, bringing together these characters through tragedy, letting their loving kindness and boldness shine through as examples for all of us, and culminating in a moment of redemption that points to the salvation found in and through Jesus.
We don’t know who wrote the book of Ruth, or exactly when they did so. It is set in the time of the Judges, but because of the genealogy at the end of the book and its inclusion of King David, it’s clear that some time after David’s reign was the earliest it could have been written, centuries after the events detailed in it. Despite the uncertainties surrounding the book of Ruth’s origins, this beautiful story of loving kindness is just as important today as it was thousands of years ago.
- Week 1, Tragedy (Ruth 1)
Is it possible to have hope even when everything you hold dear is lost?
- Week 2, Kindness (Ruth 2)
Through the examples of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, loving kindness is revealed.
- Week 3, Bold (Ruth 3)
God calls His children to act boldly for Him.
- Week 4, Redemption (Ruth 4)
The redemption Boaz provides to Naomi and Ruth hints at the redemption found in Jesus.
About this Series
Why is this series called “The First Testament”? Words often communicate unintentional messages. While we have called the testaments “Old” and “New” for centuries, these labels have had an unfortunate consequence: for many, the word “old” conveys the ideas of irrelevance and being outdated. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Paul wrote, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 (NLT). When he wrote this, he was speaking of the Old Testament! Perhaps a better set of titles would be the “First” and “Second” testaments; together they give us the message of hope! The First Testament, two-thirds of the Bible, gives us the foundation from which Christ fulfills God’s will!