Ruth The Immigrant

Ruth 2:1-10

I think you know the history of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth was so determined to follow Naomi when she went back from Moab to Bethlehem. Her words to her mother-in-law were fantastic:  “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”

As both arrived in Bethlehem, they were deeply needy. Ruth decided to go to the field to get some leftover grain. She went to the field that belonged to a man named Boaz, who was very benevolent to her.

Some things I want to focalize in this story:

  1. As an immigrant, Ruth had to survive gathering whatever the workers had left behind. V. 7a
  2. She was a hard worker, allowing herself to have a small time for rest. V. 7b
  3. Boaz supported her because he realized she was a very good person
  4. Boaz supported her because God orders generosity towards immigrants.

What happen next? As the law prescribed, one of Naomi’s relative should marry Ruth. Boaz was Naomi’s relative. Therefore, he married Ruth and they had a child named Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse who was father of David. In other words, an immigrant, perfectly integrated to the God’s people, was part of the God’s everlasting redemption plan.

Does it teach you something?

3 thoughts on “Ruth The Immigrant

  1. Muito boa a meditacao, uma visao do amor e do cuidado de Deus para com todos que esperam nele, mesmo sendo estrangeiro em terras distantes.
    Deus continue a abencoa-lo. pr.Gerson que seu ministerio prospere grandemente.

  2. Rev. Gerson, palavras de conforto em situações que nos incomodam sempre são bem vindas, mas quando sentimos que o amor de Deus conosco é tão intenso e terno, somos mais que confortados.
    Que Deus continue a abençoa-lo nesse novo ministério!

  3. Gerson … great to see your blog! I really like the last sentence: “an immigrant, perfectly integrated to the God’s people, was part of the God’s everlasting redemption plan”
    I pray that is how we in the Presbytery might see and experience all people, especially the immigrants in our midst.

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