Introduction: The book of Ruth is one of two books in the Old Testament or Tanakh written about women. The book of Esther is the other one. Many writers have expressed their interpretations of the Biblical importance of these two women; and so I add my interpretation in this prophetic timeline of today. This is my heart and vision for today. I have had a Ruth heart since I was 18 years old, 1971. It is that heart and vision that has led me to my people in Israel. A journey with bitter memories of physical loss, spiritual famine, lost in the land of idols but meeting many Ruths like me along the way searching for God's truth. This lesson may be abrasive to some, thought provoking to others, and a call to repentance to others. I ask that each reader seeks counsel with the Holy God of Israel and His Son, Yeshua. Ask Him to show the truth, as you read the book of Ruth.
1. Who is Ruth?
The story of Ruth starts in a Gentile land, Moab. Elimelech and his wife Naomi have left Bethlehem in Judah because of a great famine in the land. Ruth a Moabitess marries one of Naomi's sons. While in Moab, Elimelech and the two sons, Mahlon and Chilion die. Naomi is left with no one to support her and starts her journey back Bethlehem where her family lives. On the road back to Israel, Naomi tells her two daughter-in-laws to return to Moab. Oprah returns but Ruth makes a vow to Naomi, Ruth 1:16:
Boaz knows what to do according to the instructions of the Torah. In the end, he purchases Naomi’s inheritance which includes the rights to redeem Ruth and to give her a son. The son was Obed the father of Jesse who fathered David.