Although we still have one chapter to go in our Ruth series (see this week’s previous posts), at the end of chapter 3 we stopped to ask what this ancient story of romance has to do with us. We don’t want to go down the Men are from Israel, Women are from Moab path (yes, it’s a real book), or turn it into a moral lesson about dating etiquette. So we asked the question: what does this story tell us about God? (After all, the Bible is primarily about him!)
The first thing that struck me about the story of Ruth was how it’s a great picture of how God intended his people to act. You know all those boring and slightly confusing laws in books like Leviticus and Deuteronomy? Ruth is the story of some of those laws in action.