The Bible is an amazing witness to God’s ultimate plan to reconcile wayward humans to Himself.
Through Advent I’ve been following daily notes* exploring the book of Ruth. Just a few pages long, the book is tucked away in the Old Testament. Ruth was not a Jew but she married a Jewish man, an economic migrant, who died after ten years of marriage. Childless, Ruth and her Mother-in-Law, Naomi, were in a precarious position both socially and economically. Ruth opted to leave her homeland, moving with Naomi to the land of Israel, declaring, ‘Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God’. The book of Ruth ends with the marriage of Ruth to a kinsman of Naomi and the birth of a son, Obed. Obed was Grandfather to King David. Ruth isn’t remembered just for being the Great-Grandmother of King David though, she is, through David and subsequent generations, a direct ancestor of Jesus (the family genealogy is recorded in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 1). The book of Ruth, the simple recounting of the lives of ordinary people living more than a thousand years before the birth of Jesus, is a wonderful illustration of God’s plan weaving history towards the perfectly timed birth of Emmanuel (God With Us).
John, writing as a first-hand witness of Jesus’ ministry recorded these words (John 3:17):
God did not send his Son into the world to condemn, but to save it.
God’s perfect plan of reconciliation and redemption revealed in the person of Jesus. Happy Christmas!
*Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies by Robin Ham