What is a good romance story without a rags to riches tale? In The Notebook we see Allie and Noah; a rich uptown girl and a working class boy. They should never have crossed paths, they were told they would never make it yet their love surpassed surpassed the doubters. They chose each other.
Ruth and Boaz should never have crossed paths, and indeed, we read that there is an age gap which suggests it should ever have worked. But God.
During this series, we have looked at the choices of the people in the story of Ruth, but today I want to look at the choices of God.
God chose Ruth & Boaz
Why would God choose a moabitess – not an Israelite woman – to begin the line that led to an ancestor of Jesus? Why would God choose Boaz – a man who was not a Jew, was the son of Rahab the prostitue? Both were unlikely choices to build a Royal bloodline, but God saw beyond their circumstances and looked straight at their hearts. Ruth and Boaz were faithful, loyal and generous.
God chooses broken people
Time and time again we see God use ‘broken people’ inthe Bible. Paul the persecutor of Christians, David the adulterer, Moses the murderer, these are just a few examples of men who did great things becuase of their great God. These people lied, stole, hurt, betrayed, yet they all gave their hearts to God and sat with Jesus.
Jesus is the greatest love story. He is the kinsman redeemer, like Boaz, and we the bride, like Ruth, He is coming to redeem. Boaz wanted the lady not the land – Jesus wants you not the prestige of position. Lets look at the comparisons:
Ruth returned with Naomi to Bethlehem – Jesus returned to Earth
Ruth reached out to Boaz – Jesus reached out to us and for us on the cross
Boaz redeemed Ruth – Jesus redeemed us by paying the price for our sin
Boaz restored Elimelech’s name – Jesus restored our relationship with God
Jesus chooses you
Despite being the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus lowered Himself to a baby born in a filthy stable, growing up as a tradesman’s son. He died the most ugly, cruel and despicable death, even though He could have commanded the angels to rescue Him at anytime. e did that for you, and He would do it again even if you were the only person on earth. That baby that was born in stable and wrapped in dirty rags is now clothed in glory, as the King of Heaven.
Now that is a rags to riches story for the ages.