Theme: God’s Plan of Redemption
- The book of Ruth is the only instance in Scripture in which an entire book is devoted to the history of one woman.
- Ruth is the second of four Old Testament books with an unknown author (see also Judges, Esther, and Job).
- Ruth is the first of only two books in the Bible named after a woman (see also Esther).
- Ruth is one of only four women referred to by name in the genealogy of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 1.
- Ruth contains the second recorded conversion of a Gentile in Scripture (the first was Rahab’s; see Josh. 2).
- The book of Ruth gives us an illustration of the family marriage duty/custom of that day (Deut. 25:5–10).
- The book of Ruth begins with a series of funerals and ends with a wedding. It opens with a famine and closes with a family.
- The name of David is mentioned for the first time in Scripture, in Ruth 4:17.
- The Hebrew word ga’al, translated “redeem” and “redeemer,” is found thirteen times in this book.
- The book of Ruth is read annually by orthodox Jews on the Feast of Pentecost, because Ruth’s betrothal took place during harvest season when Pentecost is observed.
After reading Judges . . . Ruth is like a lily in a stagnant pond. Here, instead of unfaithfulness, is loyalty; and instead of immorality, is purity. Here, instead of battlefields are harvest fields, and instead of the warrior’s shout is the harvester’s song. —W. Graham Scroggie
What Venus is to statuary and the Mona Lisa is to paintings, Ruth is to literature. —John MacArthur Jr.
It seems incredible that this beautiful love story could occur during the dark days of the judges, but such is the grace of God. We are living in trying days today; yet God is at work in His world, getting a bride for His Son and accomplishing His eternal purposes. Never permit the bad news of man’s sin to rob you of the good news of God’s love and grace. —Warren W. Wiersbe
Dr. Samuel Johnson, the great literary authority of the eighteenth century, once read the story of Ruth to his friends in a London club. After he had finished reading it, his listeners thought it had just recently been written and they were loud in their praises for its simple beauty. Dr. Johnson then informed his listeners, to their surprise, that he had just read the book of Ruth, taken from the book that they all despised: the Bible!
Christ can be found in Ruth as:
Lasseigne, Jeff. Unlocking the Scriptures: What the Bible Is, How We Got It, and Why We Can Trust It (Kindle Locations 2402-2429). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.