This is a story of two people coming together in a series of unlikely circumstances to become the ancestors of King David who formed part of the ancestry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This story began with a family suffering much hardship through death and financial lack. Naomi, an Israelite, returned to her land after many years of staying in Moab with her inseparable companion and daughter-in-law, Ruth. Due to Ruth’s noble character, she found herself working in the field of Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech. Elimelech and his two sons had died in Moab.
God’s hesed (Heb: loving kindness) providentially brought Ruth to the field of Boaz to glean in his land. In this way, she was able to look after Naomi. God’s hesed provided Ruth a husband by marrying Boaz. Boaz, a man of standing, was willing to buy Naomi’s land in order for her to retain her husband’s lineage and ancestry. God’s hesed brought joy and consolation to Naomi by blessing the marriage of Ruth and Boaz with a son, Obed. God’s hesed provided a noble wife in Ruth for Boaz who entered the lineage of King David and the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Another incredible story which displays the hesed of God is found in the book of Hosea. The prophet was asked to reconcile with his wife, Gomer, as she had forsaken their marriage by becoming a prostitute. Hosea did that to prophetically declare to Israel that even though Israel had broken the covenant with God through spiritual prostitution, He was willing to restore her relationship with Him after a period of judgment. This is an incredible display of an Almighty God who did not forsake His people but who was willing to redeem them and love them again.
How can we really understand God in His great love for us all…we have sinned against Him and yet he chose us to love and restore and promise us a home in heaven with Him eternally.