Introduction To Simply Ruth
There are those who say the Bible is God’s love story, written in blood. This is a true statement.
The book of Ruth is a love story. Even in secular writing, this book is considered a great love story.
This is an introduction to Simply Ruth.
Ruth was written in the days of the Judges. This was a dark time in the history of Israel. This was a time when; there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25, NKJV)
Place In Scripture
In the Bible, Ruth is found in the history section (Joshua – Esther). However, in the Hebrew Scriptures, Ruth is found in the prophets. Why is that you say? Ruth is a book of prophecy!
We see prophetic utterances in terms of prophecy and fulfillment. This is what God prophesied, and this is when it happened. This is a western (Greco-Roman) way of viewing it. To our minds, it makes sense.
In the Jewish mind, prophecy is also seen in terms of types. One of the best examples is when Abraham is told by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac:
Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”
And he said, “Here I am, my son.”
Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
So he said, “Here I am.”
And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.
From the name he gives to that place, it seems he had some understanding that this was a sign (type).
In this sense, there is a great deal of prophecy being played out in this special love story. In our study, we will examine this in-depth.
I invite you to study along with me in this special little love story. I think you will find it is about God’s love for you!