Ancestor of the King
November 7, 2015 Year B
For many people, discovering the family’s roots is a great past-time. You soon discover that you are connected with famous or important people. If you are lucky, you discover that you are related to royalty.
In this passage, we have a glimpse of the royalty relationship that Ruth has. She is the ancestor of the king, in this case, King David (Ruth 4:22). In a way, this is revisionist history. The writer mentions this at the end of the story for dramatic effect, even the writer knows about King David. The point of this reference is to encourage the people of God that there is a king coming who will save the people of Israel, who like Naomi and Ruth have experienced hardships.
Prayer: Thank You for King David, and ultimately King Jesus. You help me keep going when times are tough because I can know for certain that I am an ancestor of the King.
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