The Book of Ruth is a beautiful Bible story full of lessons and insights about God’s grace. Five are particularly meaningful when looking at the essential verses that explain the central message.
The first is Ruth 1:16-17 which states: “But Ruth replied, ‘Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. So may the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.’ ”
This shows Ruth’s unyielding love, loyalty, and commitment to her mother-in-law Naomi.
The second is Ruth 4:14-15 which states: “Then the women said to Naomi: 'Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a Guardian-Redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.'”
This verse shows God’s grace and provision of a guardian-redeemer for Naomi.
The third is Ruth 2:12, which states: “May the Lord bless you, my daughter,”
This verse shows Naomi's acceptance and love of Ruth despite her outsider status.
The fourth is Ruth 3:10, which states: “He said, 'May you be blessed of the Lord, my daughter. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich.'”
This verse shows Boaz's appreciation for Ruth's faithfulness and humility.
The fifth is Ruth 4:13, which states: “So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.”
This verse shows God's provision of redemption for Ruth and Naomi through a new generation of the family.
Together, these five verses illustrate Love, Acceptance, Loyalty, Forgiveness, and Grace as critical themes in the Book of Ruth.
Love and Loyalty are demonstrated in Ruth’s commitment to Naomi, Naomi’s acceptance and love of Ruth, and Boaz's appreciation for Ruth.
Acceptance is symbolized by God providing a guardian-redeemer for Naomi and Boaz taking Ruth as his wife.
Forgiveness is represented in the fact that the Lord enabled Ruth to conceive and give birth. *
Finally, Grace is seen in the Lord’s provision of redemption through a new generation of the family.
The Book of Ruth is a powerful and meaningful narrative that speaks to God’s loving grace and unwavering faithfulness. As we read these verses, may our hearts be filled with appreciation for the Love and Acceptance God gives us and with hope for the Forgiveness He offers each of us. Amen.