Ruth 4:15 NKJV - "And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him."
The mother I wish to highlight is Ruth. Yes, certainly some good things could be said about Naomi and her ultimate witness to her daughter-in-law, Ruth. But we rarely look at Ruth as a mother, but she most certainly was to the point of being listed in the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:5 where she is noted. She was the great-grandmother to King David!
The book of Ruth presents her as a Moabite who married into Naomi's family. After Ruth's husband died she was determined to go to Israel with Naomi particularly because of her love for her mother-in-law but, perhaps even more, her desire to know Naomi's God! That says a lot about this woman who would have a strategic role in the ultimate birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.
When we finally read of Ruth's joy of being a mother, Ruth 4:13-16, we don't really hear her own words but the words of the women who attended to the birth of her child. They were joyful for Naomi! They saw in Ruth's child, Obed, the fulfillment of God's blessing on Naomi by bringing a male child into her family. The point I see that is so great is that there's no objection from Ruth that she has been used of God for this purpose. I believe she was thrilled with the privilege to give her mother-in-law a precious grandchild she could call her own, note verse 16.
Ruth's role as a mother was to bless her family whom she loved so much. Note our Daily Verse that she was spoken of as having the value of seven sons!! Ruth was an exceptional woman who loved with an amazing sacrificial love; who looked at others as far more important than herself; who came to trust God to provide His best for her, which she not only found in Naomi, but even more in Boaz. Noting the quality of Boaz as he is described in this book and the quality of Ruth's character, we can see what a tremendous influence they had on the generations to follow them!
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