Jesse Tree Advent Devotional – Day 11

Day 11: Ruth and Boaz

Picture / Ornament: Sheaf of Wheat

Scripture: Ruth 1:1-5; 15-16; Ruth 2:1-3, 11-12; Ruth 4:9-10, 13, 17; John 1:9-13

Song: Silent Night

Some years after the Israelites arrived in the Promised Land, there was a famine in the land. Some of the Israelites went to the nearby country called Moab. Naomi and her husband, Elimelech, and their two sons were among the Israelites who went to Moab. While they were in Moab, Naomi’s two sons married Moabite women. Eventually, Naomi’s husband and both of her sons died.

One of Naomi’s son’s wives was named Ruth. Even though Ruth was a Moabite, she loved God and she wanted to stay with Naomi even when she returned to Israel.

God’s love is available to people from every nation. Anyone who trusts in Jesus, the only Son of God, can become a child of God, whether they are an Israelite, a Moabite, an American or a Russian. God judges us by our heart of faith, not by the color of our skin or what language we speak.

God led Ruth to work in the fields of one of Naomi’s relatives named Boaz. Ruth worked diligently in Boaz’s fields. Boaz saw that Ruth was a kind, loving, hard-working woman. He wanted to marry Ruth and save the land of Naomi’s family.

God blessed Boaz and Ruth with a son, Obed, who became the father of Jesse, who became the father of David. David grew up to be the King of Israel and the ancestor of the King of Kings, Jesus. We will read more about King David in tomorrow’s story.

God always has a purpose and a plan. Even when life looks hard, we can trust that God is working to bring about good.

Today is a perfect day to trust in Jesus, the King of Kings, the promised child of God.

Remember … Christmas is all about Jesus.

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