What a joy to engage the book of Ruth together this week. I’m drawn to the fact that it is through mutual relationship that Naomi and Ruth experience redemption in this story. God is less of a notable character here, but God’s presence is felt through other people. So what does that mutual relationship look like? Certainly the character of Ruth is central here. And she is a Moabite, an outsider, who embraces her own vulnerability to care for her mother-in-law. She is also expansively welcomed into God’s story and is even named in the genealogy of Jesus!
- Ruth 1:1 - 17
- Ruth 4:13 - 17