DECEMBER 10 十二月10日
RUTH Joins the Family Tree
Ruth lived in the land of Moab. She was not one of God’s people, but she married a man from Bethlehem who had moved to her country. Through him, she heard about the true God, and she believed in him.
When her husband died, Ruth decided to go back to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law, Naomi. She could have stayed in Moab, but people there didn’t believe in God. Ruth loved God and wanted to go live with God’s people.
In Bethlehem, Ruth and Naomi were very poor. Ruth worked in the fields, picking up little bits of grain that were left behind after the harvest. That was how she and Naomi had food to eat.
One day, God led Ruth to pick up grain in the fields of a rich and God-fearing man named Boaz. Boaz saw her and said, “Who is that?” When he found out it was Ruth, who had come from Moab and was taking care of Naomi, he took good care of her. He told her to drink some of his water. He invited her to eat lunch with him and his workers. And he told his men to leave extra grain in the fields for her to pick up.
Later, he found out that he was related to Naomi, which meant it was his special job to
watch out for Ruth and Naomi. So Boaz decided to marry Ruth!
Eventually, Ruth and Boaz had a baby named Obed. Obed became the father of Jesse and the grandfather of King David.
We might not expect to see Ruth in Jesse’s tree. She was from a land where they didn’t even believe in God. But God brought her to faith and took good care of her through Boaz. Now we remember her as the great-grandmother of King David and the great-great-great . . . grandmother of Jesus. She’s an important person in the Jesse tree.
Why is it surprising that Ruth is part of the Jesse tree? Ruth was from Moab, where they didn’t believe in God.
As I hang the WHEAT on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me:
God brought Ruth into Jesus’ family,
even though she came from a land of unbelievers.
Ruth is another great-great-great . . . grandmother of Jesus.
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