Day Three: Home Is with God’s Family

Ruth 2:12 – “…May the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.

“In his varying use of identification terms…the narrator is illustrating who Ruth was and what she was entering into by faith: a new community and a new life. The narrator begins by clearly identifying Ruth as a Moabite (Ruth 1:4)… after Boaz testifies to her character and faith, she refers to herself as his servant (Ruth 2:10-13). Her Moabite status is mentioned only twice after Ruth 2:22… This transition mirrors Ruth’s changing status: Through her faithfulness to God, she is elevated from her position as a foreigner and outsider to receive a new identity as a ‘daughter,’ ‘servant,’ ‘wife,’ and ‘worthy woman’ (Ruth 3:11)—a member of an Israelite family and the family of God.” [David Witthoff, “What’s in a Name?”]

“…[I]t’s a real declaration of identity… once we’ve been brought into the family, we receive this identity as part of God’s family… I picture people singing this who are free, reminding themselves…to live free. But then I imagine people who are hearing this song and are not feeling free… they feel they’re on the outside, that there’s no place for them… they may feel marginalized or even disenfranchised. And this is a confession that God is for them, that God has made a way for them.” (Ben Fielding)

Let’s continue to be transformed… let’s confess and declare through the song “Who You Say I Am” (Click here) by Bethel Music Worship.

– JP