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Read Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17


Tuesday

Read Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17

3  Some time later Naomi said to Ruth, “I must find a husband for you, so that you will have a home of your own. 2Remember that this man Boaz, whose women you have been working with, is our relative. Now listen. This evening he will be threshing the barley. 3So wash yourself, put on some perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go where he is threshing, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. 4Be sure to notice where he lies down, and after he falls asleep, go and lift the covers and lie down at his feet. He will tell you what to do.”
5 Ruth answered, “I will do everything you say.”

13 So Boaz took Ruth home as his wife. The Lord blessed her, and she became pregnant and had a son. 14The women said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord! He has given you a grandson today to take care of you. May the boy become famous in Israel! 15Your daughter-in-law loves you, and has done more for you than seven sons. And now she has given you a grandson, who will bring new life to you and give you security in your old age.” 16Naomi took the child, held him close,i and took care of him.
17 The women of the neighbourhood named the boy Obed. They told everyone, “A son has been born to Naomi!”
Obed became the father of Jesse, who was the father of David.

Think

Ruth the foreigner marries Boaz.  She has been married before.  She has no wealth - she is basically a beggar.
Boaz marries her - she has a child, who will become the grandfather of King David.  A reminder to the royalty of Israel of their humble origins.

Pray

Sometimes I feel like I have no hope and nothing to give - yet you are a God who takes what I have left and you use it to bless the world.
So use me today I pray.

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