Read: Ruth 1-4
Marked: Ruth 2:14, Now Boaz said to her at mealtime, “Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed parched [grain] to her; and she ate and was satisfied, and kept some back.
Ruth was a Moabite and descended from Lot the nephew of Abraham. Due to the incestuous relationship the daughters of Lot had with their father Moab became an enemy of Israel.
God had forbidden Moabites from entering the assembly of the Lord even to the tenth generation (Deuteronomy 23:3). Yet, here is Ruth in which we see, despite her past and heritage, an example of a humble servant.
Ruth was faithful (C1:16), hard working (V17), kind and loving, even giving Naomi what she had left over after she had eaten (V18), and teachable; willing to learn new things.
Like Ruth we are to be humble, faithful, hard working, kind and loving, putting the needs of others before ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4), and to be teachable (Psalm 1:1-6).
Boaz says in verse 12, “The Lord repay your work.” We see how remarkable the words of Boaz are in Matthew 1:5 as Ruth, the Moabite, is listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
We are truly new creations in Jesus. Despite heritage, hardships, or circumstances, when we trust in God He makes the old pass away and in Him all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)