April 19
Ruth 4:1-10, 13

A branch of the tree

During the night, Ruth had gone to lie at the feet of Boaz and had asked him to marry her. Boaz loved Ruth very much and wanted to marry her, but there was a problem. Ruth had a relative who was closer to her than he was. So Boaz said to her, “Stay here for the night and in the morning we will find out whether he will look after you.”

In the morning, Boaz sent Ruth home with a huge amount of barley. Then Boaz went to the meeting place in town where he waited for the other relative. When he came, Boaz said to him, “Naomi wants to sell her field, and you have the first option to buy it. However, if you buy the field, you must take Ruth too, so that her children will inherit the field.” When the relative, who had children of his own, heard that the deal included any children Ruth would have, he said, “No, I don’t want to buy it.”

So Boaz was able to buy the field and marry Ruth. The Lord blessed her, and she had a son named Obed. Obed became the father of Jesse; and Jesse became the father of David—the greatest king of Israel.

What is a genealogy (family tree)?

Do you know who your grandfather is? Do you know who your grandfather’s grandfather was? Every person has a family tree, which is a way of writing down the names of each person’s parents, going back many generations.

Imagine that you are a twig joined to a thin branch, which is attached to a thicker branch that grows from the stem of a huge tree.

The genealogy (family tree) of Jesus is written in Matthew chapter one. In Matthew 1:5, you will see the name of Ruth. Isn’t it great that someone who was hardly known during her lifetime would be part of the earthly genealogy of Jesus, the King of kings?

Verse for today

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1


If you would like to make a little activity booklet to remind you of the story of Ruth, click here to get to the page where you can download the template.