“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.”
I wonder how many times we see God’s provision and think, “This is a rescue personally designed for me. How gracious and merciful is God!” This is exactly what the women were saying to Naomi. By Obed’s birth, Naomi would now have a (grand) son to take care of her.
She could not have possibly known that her true Redeemer would come from this child: Obed the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the King, and from David’s line – Jesus. Jesus, the true Redeemer – who has purchased every person’s freedom from the power of sin and death. Gives me chills to just think of the magnitude of it all.
My other thought is about Ruth’s love for Naomi. Her loyalty and faithfulness were so extraordinary as to be noticed throughout Bethlehem. As a foreigner her attention for Naomi was probably not expected – maybe even suspect. But her actions defined her – and earned her public respect and admiration. All of Bethlehem rejoices over her ultimate good fortune.
And yet Ruth had only one motive, to care for Naomi in whatever way she could. To not desert her, in spite of her own widowhood, to place Naomi’s needs above her own and to serve her. This is the love that is “better than that of seven sons!” (Wouldn’t that be a great thing to be known for?)
Ruth’s love was demonstrated by sacrifice.
This is real love —not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10 NLT