THE STORY OF JESUS: Ruth 1-2
“Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me — a foreigner?” (Ruth 2:10)
The story of Ruth is a teaching story, to impress a great truth on God’s people.
Ruth stands out as a model believer, even though she is not a Jew.
Her example of humility and loyalty sets her up as a symbol of God-pleasing faith.
As we will see, God uses Ruth to bless the future of Israel, and to ultimately lead to Jesus.
Again and again God uses surprising people to reveal His grace through weakness.
This is also seen in Jesus’ family tree, where for ‘questionable’ women are included.
According to Matthew 1:2-16, Jesus’ heritage includes Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba.
This shows how God uses sinners and outsiders to bring the Saviour into the world.
God is NOT only interested in the Jews; He chooses the Jews to reach the world!
Jesus Himself was often more impressed by the faith of ‘foreigners’.
“I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.” (Matthew 8:10)
God shows His favour to all people, yet often His own people resist it.
The humble, grateful attitude of this immigrant makes God smile.
This is the posture that impresses Jesus, that opens the way for God’s blessing.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, teach us as Your followers to see all people like You do, with grace, mercy, peace and love. Help us build bridges of welcome, not walls of exclusion.