The Book of Ruth describes the providential guidance of God inthe life and adventures of an Israelite family. Through the death of the father and his two sons in a foreign country, the name and inheritance of this family are endangered. Man’s extremity however is God’s opportunity. Owing to the action of a kinsman with a noble view of his obligations, the hereditary line remains unbroken.
The union of Boaz the Hebrew and Ruth the Moabite becomes the avenue of Gods fulfillment of His gracious purpose. In relation to the whole message of the scripture, the Book of Ruth supplies a perspective of the history of Christmas and the event of Pentecost. The genealogy culminates inthe theocratic King David to whose linethe promise ofthe advent of the Messiah is given. This occurs with the inclusion of a Moabite ancestress whereby the Pentecostal perspective of the universal meaning of the Messiah is opened. He is not only savior of Israel but of the human race. The book of Ruth follows that of Judges since it was their time thatthe history related in ittook place.
In the Hebrew Bible it forms a part of the so called Holy writing (Hagiographa), a subdivision of the five scrolls red in the public on the great feast days of Israel. As the climax of the history of Ruth falls in harvest time, which is being read at wheat harvest feast which is later called the feast of Pentecost.
THE OUTLINE OFTHE BOOK OF RUTH GRIEVOUS VISITATION-CHAPTER 1:1-5
FAR-REACHING DECISIONS-CHAPTER 1:6-22
From a theocracy to a monarchy, and the establishment of the monarchy
A SURPRISING ENCOUNTER-CHAPTER2: 1-23 WHOLEHEARTED DEDICATION-CHAPTER 3: 1-18
COMPLETE REDEMPTION-CHAPTER 4: 1-17
SIGNIFICANT GENEALOGY-CHAPTER 4: 18-22.