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September 6, 2011 / Daniel

Ruth, a story of loyal love

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For Sunday School this fall, my plan is to teach on the book of Ruth.  One of the main themes in Ruth is hesed.  This word is frequently translated “love.”  However, the Hebrew word conveys more than that.  The NASB translates it “loving-kindness.”

Hesed is God’s loyal covenant love.  It’s the kind of love that Ruth expresses when she tells Naomi,

“Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

This is the kind of love that Boaz shows Ruth when he gives her extra grain when she gleans in the fields (2:20).

It’s the kind of love that Ruth shows Boaz when she seeks him out of a kinsman redeemer instead of a younger man (3:10).

Most of all, it is the kind of love that YHWH shows Israel.  God is faithful to his covenant promises.  He shows loyal love for his people.  How?  By providing for widows.  By providing a wife for Boaz and a kinsman-redeemer for Naomi and Ruth.

Yet in the bigger picture, the book of Ruth is about how God shows loyal love by providing King David for Israel and King Jesus for the world.



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  1. thewomanatthewell / Sep 21 2011 11:27 pm

    Thank you for this post, I liked when you related GOD and His promises to the example we have in Naomi,Ruth and Boaz.-watw

  2. Daniel / Sep 22 2011 4:45 pm

    Thanks for commenting. The story of Ruth is a great reminder that God is faithful to his people. He shows us loyal love.


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