Ruth 1:16b (NLT) – “Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.”
Yesterday’s post in response to the reading selection for December 11th in Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift, talked about God coming for Rahab the prostitute. Later in Scripture we find out that Rahab marries a man from the tribe of Judah named Salmon, a leader of the tribe. To me one of the interesting things about Rahab and Salmon is their son, Boaz.
In the story of Ruth, Boaz becomes Ruth’s redeemer and husband. This son of a former Jericho-ite and prostitute has mercy on a Moabite woman and saves her from a life of poverty, loneliness, abuse, slavery and even potentially death in a land of strangers. Rahab the former prostitute became the mother-in-law of Ruth, the Moabitess.
And in that one act of mercy and love, the Sovereign God of all creation beckoned a daughter, an alien and a stranger, into His own family. Love welcomed her in, enveloped her and transformed the life of this young widow. She left behind a past of despair and death and entered the genealogy of the Redeemer who was still to come.
The genealogy of Jesus Christ was no accident. The people, men and women, in his lineage were all humans (in every sense of the word) chosen at their specific points in time to carry forth the seed of the Christ, the coming Messiah. And in every generation, in every life, in every moment God was proclaiming, “Jesus is Coming, Jesus is Coming!”
Can you hear it echoing in your heart even now? He’s coming for you. All of you – the good, the bad and the ugly. In the middle of your own messy, painful Rahab or Ruth story, He sees, and He’s coming for you. Absolutely nothing, not any person nor any circumstance, is beyond His reach. Don’t give up, He’s still coming.