The Book of Ruth
Wasn’t that nice! After reading through the book of Judges, this was a refreshing change of pace. A feel good story, with a fairy tale ending. Its been a long time since we’ve had anything quite so innocent and refreshing.
However, did you notice something? Much like the Book of Judges, God was missing. Don’t get me wrong, God is mentioned by Ruth, “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (1:6). However, out side of this reference, God isn’t sought after, God doesn’t speak, God doesn’t play a part. Even though God is absent, God is still very present. That’s the biggest difference between Ruth and Judges. For Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz God is the foundation of their lives. They know God. They live according to God. Their lives revolve around God. In the end, they are blessed and we get a wonderful feel good story.
Before we go, let’s check out the thoughts from TheBibleProject as they share a bit more insight on the Book of Ruth.