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Ruth

The Book of Ruth is the record of the Moabitess who turned to Israel's God, married Boaz of Bethlehem and became an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The events in this beautiful little book (only 4 chapters long) took place in the time of the Judges. It forms a link between the time when "there was no king in Israel" and the time
when King David sat "on the throne of the Lord" in Jerusalem.

The story of Ruth is one of love and devotion and it begins in Moab. Naomi and her husband Elimelech had moved there to escape the famine in Judea. Elimelech died in Moab. Their two sons also died, leaving Naomi with her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. Orpah chose to stay in Moab but, when the famine was over, Ruth accompanied Naomi back to Judea.

Ruth the Moabitess learned from Naomi about the God of Israel and she came to love and trust Him.

In Naomi's hometown of Bethlehem an elderly relative named Boaz showed kindness to the two women and eventually married Ruth. They had a son whom they called Obed and who became the grandfather of King David. Some 1000 years later, Mary the mother of Jesus was born of this line.

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