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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Ruth 4:17

And the women her neighbors gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

For further study - Ruth 4:7-17

The book of Ruth is a love story, the story of the Kinsman Redeemer. It is the story of a Jewish man taking a Gentile woman to be his wife and thus to fulfill his responsibility as the family member next in line.

This generous act of Boaz would set in place the lineage from Abraham to David through a Gentile woman who would also be in the lineage to Christ, Matthew 1:1-17.

Ruth's son Obed, verse 17, would be the father of Jesse - the father of David, verse 22. David would be the one to whom would be given the promise of the Messiah to be in his linage, a “family member”.

Jesus Christ, is the one who will sit on His (David's) throne forever, II Samuel 7:16. The “Davidic Covenant” is the promise that God gave King David, a forever covenant, that must be fulfilled, and will be fulfilled when Jesus sets up His kingdom at the time of His return to Earth.

This love story is also the background for the prophecy found in Isaiah 59:20, of a Kinsman Redeemer who would come to Zion - to Jerusalem one day to remove the transgression of His people, the Jewish people.

As Christians, we can also look forward to our marriage to the “Kinsman Redeemer”, Jesus Christ, Revelation 19:7-9. Notice that in Revelation 19:7 it speaks of the “marriage” and in verse 9 it talks about the “marriage supper of the Lamb”. These are two different events. In fact, there are three parts to a “Jewish Wedding”, the “engagement”, the “marriage ceremony” and the “marriage celebration”.

We, as Christians are now “engaged” to Jesus and He has gone back to “His Father’s house” to prepare a place for us to live once we’re married, John 14:1-3. At the Rapture Jesus comes to get us and takes us to heaven for the “marriage ceremony” and then the “celebration” begins and last for seven years. 

With the world events happening as they are today it seems that Jesus is about to shout for us to join Him in the air at the Rapture, then we will be “married” to Him. Right now we are waiting for our “Bridegroom” to come. It could be at any time, even today. Make sure your “wedding garment’s”, “our righteous acts”, Revelation 19:8, are ready, the wedding could get under way very soon. 

PRAYER THOUGHT: Thank you Lord for the promise of our “marriage” to you. Help us, to be prepared for our “wedding day”.