As a young teenage girl, I admire the loyalty and faith of Ruth. She is such a great example of a Godly woman! To me, she seems to be the most amazing woman in the Bible. In fact, if you don’t know, an entire book in the Old Testament is named after her and tells her story. Check it out!
What amazes me about Ruth is that she was a Moabite woman who marries a Hebrew man. However, when he dies and no one is left to take care of her mother-in-law, she decides to leave the land of her birth and go to Israel with Naomi. She could have easily found a new husband in Moab and let Naomi travel back to Israel by herself; instead, she declares to her mother-in-law that “Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God”. Can you imagine leaving your home and everything you have ever known for someone not even related to you by blood?
Now, here Ruth’s story definately parellels Abraham’s own sojourn out of his land. She had no idea what would be in her future; she could only have faith and place her cares in the hands of her new God like Abraham did so many years before her. Once in Israel, Ruth works hard to support Naomi and herself, which was quite unusual for one to help a person not in their immediate family.
Ruth, a widow eventually redeemed into society by her new husband Boaz, foreshadows Jesus’ redemption of believers into God’s family. Think about it: Paul calls us the bride of Christ! In fact, Ruth is an ancestor of David who is an ancestor of Jesus Himself! God used Ruth to start the lineage of David the same way He used Abraham to start the Hebrew lineage. So don’t you think Ruth truly is an amazing woman? Read her full story in the book of Ruth in the Old Testament to find out!