Day One: What’s Hesed Got To Do, Got To Do With It?

Ruth 4:13-14 – So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!”

“Ruth is more than a story of an interesting woman. The book revolves around the central themes of God’s loving-kindness, faithfulness, and loyalty—concepts communicated by the Hebrew term hesed…

Ultimately, the power and depth of God’s hesed lies in the underlying message, woven throughout the book of Ruth, that points to the coming Messiah… The Gospel of Matthew begins with a genealogy of Jesus the Messiah in which Boaz and Ruth appear (Matt 1:5). Ruth was not just the ancestor of the great King David, but of the Messiah himself. In God’s loving-kindness and faithfulness, he sent a messiah, Jesus, to represent all the peoples of the earth…

Ultimately, there is no more epic plotline than the one we find in Ruth. Through Ruth, God prepared the way for David and ultimately Jesus the Messiah. Ruth gives us a glimpse into the extent of God’s fierce loyalty and the lengths he will go in order to save us.” [Sherilyn Grant, “An Epic Plotline”]

Let us be in wonder of our God as we sing His praises with this song, “Living Hope” (Click here).

– JP

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