Ruth is the eighth book of the Bible, and follows the events of a single family during the time of the Judges. Ruth has been called a book of disloyalty, loyalty, and royalty. The key character of this book of course is Ruth.
Ruth is not a Jew, but a Moabites woman. Her husband was a Jewish man who can to Moab during the period of the Judges due to a famine. Her husband, brother-in-law, and father-in-law all die, and her mother-in-law, Naomi decides to return to Israel. Ruth cleaves to her, and says she will return with her. It is here that Ruth makes an amazing statement and decision, “…thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:”
The book of Ruth is four chapters of building tension of what will happen to this young woman and her mother-in-law. It is a beautiful story of redemption, forgiveness, and unconditional love. It finds its importance in the entire cannon of Scripture because Ruth is in the genealogy of Christ. She is the great grandmother of King David.
The book of Ruth was probably written by Samuel, and covers a period of about twelve years. The key verse of the book is Ruth 4:14 – “And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.“
As you read this book, see the amazing grace of God at work. He will bring two unlikely people together to fulfill His plan and provide the world with their Messiah.