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Family Trees - Powered by 4 - August 6

  • 2019 Aug 06

Tuesday, August 6

Family Trees

Today's reading: Ruth 1:1-5; Ruth 4:13-22; Matthew 1:1-17

After hanging out for the past several weeks in the New Testament reading through and considering Philippians, today we're turning to the Old Testament, specifically the book of Ruth. This book is a beautiful, real life account of the love story between Ruth, a widowed Moabite woman and Boaz, a Hebrew man. It's a short book (four chapters) full of lessons and illustrations of God's love and grace. The book of Ruth takes place during the time of the book of Judges and gives us the account of a particular family (the family of Elimelech) who is distressed because they've experienced death and are now facing famine.

Before we jump into the actual story of Ruth, I thought it would be good to look at the family history of the two main characters in this account, Ruth and Boaz, and their family tree going forward. Boaz is a descendent of Rahab, the prostitute from Jericho who helped the Israelite spies (see Joshua 2 and 6), and Ruth is a Moabite (a Gentile). Obed is the son of Boaz and Ruth (see Ruth 4) and the great-grandfather of King David. So, the book of Ruth puts before us the family roots and ancestry of Jesus.

What do these accounts reveal about how God chooses to work through all sorts of individuals? What do these genealogies reveal about God's salvation being for all people? How do you see God working in and through your unique family tree and life situation? Tami

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