The book of Ruth is like a jewel sparkling brightly against dark velvet. The time of the judges was marked by violence. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes "because there was no king in Israel." There seemed to be no faith and no faithfulness left in Israel. At this time of moral anarchy, God's eyes turned toward a Gentile woman, Ruth. God was not bound by Jewish nationalism--even though he chose Israel as his covenant people. God looks for men and women of faith in every age and in every nation. Ruth is one of the 5 women whom Matthew includes in Jesus' genealogy (Mt 1:5). The book of Ruth is a beautiful story of woman's love but it is also the story of God's love. Boaz falls in love with Ruth and accepts the role of kinsman-redeemer. Boaz reflects God's redemptive love for Israel and for all humanity.
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