In Book 10, we follow the exciting journey of three winner believers, Naomi, Ruth and Boaz. In Israel, their lives are a bright spot in the dark days of the Judges.
In studying Naomi's life, we are aware of the loss of her husband and her two sons in the land of Moab. As weed-plants of bitterness and self-pity begin to grow in her soul, we discover the wake-up call that pushes out the weeds and places Naomi back into God's plan.
We are there on that dusty road from Moab when Ruth makes her important decision not go back with her sister-in-law Orpah. Ruth loved her mother-in-law Naomi and wanted to care for her. After Ruth's words to Naomi, "Your God will be my God and your people will be my people," Naomi and Ruth continue on to Naomi's hometown.
We walk with Ruth as she makes her way to the fields outside Bethlehem to gather the grain in the barley fields for her small family. After the barley harvest Ruth continues to glean in the wheat fields. Now, during the winnowing of the wheat, Naomi explains her daring plan to Ruth.
We share Ruth's excitement as she follows Naomi's strange instructions exactly. Although this is a risky plan, Ruth does not hesitate — but there is a serious complication!
Early the next morning, the landowner Boaz hurries into the town to take care of the problem. A court session, held at the gate, ends with a dramatic sandal ceremony!
Soon a happy celebration takes place in the little village of Bethlehem. Later, in the same town, the Lord blesses Boaz and Ruth with another special event.
It is fascinating to see how God works behind the scenes with the "just so happened" events in the lives of these three winner believers. We discover that Ruth the Moabitess has her place in the family line of the promised Messiah Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
We take the liberty in this book to provide related stories that show how the messages from the Old Testament fit together. In covering the history of the Jewish race, we find there are special promises for the Jews that God will fulfill in the future:
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"The nations of the world will see Me (2nd coming of the Lord as the King of kings) arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And I shall send for My angels with the sound of a might trumpet blast, and they shall gather My chosen ones (Jews) from the farthest end of the earth and heaven." Matthew 24:30-31.