Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus, come bring us gifts to of grace and love to share with others as we remember your birthday. Amen.
A divine plan
He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (v. 17)
Even the great king of Israel, David, had a father and a grandfather. And a mother and a father. Famous and powerful leaders have parents and grandparents who were not so famous and powerful. God’s plans span generations and we often do not hear about the parents and grandparents in between, but they play an important part in fulfillment.
It is interesting that God chose Ruth, a non-Jew to give birth to Obed the grandfather of David. He did not choose a princess of a Jewish king or the daughter of a Jewish priest, but a non-Jew. Jewish men were discouraged from intermarriages so what is the deal here? Who is in charge? Well God is. He doesn’t live by our rules.
In addition, Jesus was also descended from David. So God’s plans include not just “holy” people, but the people God chooses. He makes great those who are small and small those who would be great. It is as He wills it. So if your children are not great leaders, maybe your grandchildren or great, great grandchildren will be. So you are important in God’s plans. You may never know why, but you play a part in someone’s life other than your own.
More important in this story is the faith of Ruth and Naomi. Ruth took Naomi’s God to be her God. God blessed them both and rewarded their faith.
Prayer: “God of hope, give us the love and wisdom to accept the gift and potential of each child. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New International Version (NIV)
Naomi Gains a Son
13 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. 14 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! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.