A Child is Born
“So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
The book of Ruth ends with the equivalent of “happily ever after.” Ruth, a foreign widow who traveled to the land of Bethlehem with her widowed mother-in-law Naomi has seen their stories change from bitter to sweet. Ruth meets her prince in Boaz a man who is not only classy and able to end the sadness of Ruth’s widowhood but also a redeemer who is able to save the legacy of Naomi, who has lost both her husband and her children.
The book closes out with this picture- Boaz and Ruth have had a son and Naomi, the woman who has lost everything, becomes a grandmother. If you have seen a grandmother around a new grand baby you know the sort of joy Naomi must have experienced. Here is this woman who was too old to have another child who was about to see her family name wiped from existence when out of nowhere, her hope is restored.
A child is born. As son is given.
Think about it. The book could have easily ended with “Ruth and Boaz were married and lived happily ever after” but it doesn’t. Instead it ends with the image of a grandmother holding her grandson. I don’t doubt that in that moment Naomi wanted for nothing in life but to smile and hold that new baby, but this was not just your average baby. We go on to read that this baby would go on to be David, the future king of God’s people.
Listen to what the other women have to say to Naomi- “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel!” God has given Ruth hope in life and all that hope is tied to this baby which, although she probably didn’t know it, would become a king.
Where is your hope? One thing we are reminded from the book of Ruth is that God can bring hope from the most unlikely of places. No situations is so dire that He cannot redeem. Blessed be the Lord!
Today let this be your prayer:
Father, thank you for providing a redeemer in Jesus. Thank you that no situation is truly hopeless in you. Help us to be quick to look to you for redemption. Turn our bitterness into joy. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.