- And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. The LORD makes the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in
- May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the LORD will give you from this young woman.”
The Bride (Ruth 4:11-12). The people prayed that Ruth would be fruitful in bearing children, for in Israel, children were considered a blessing and not a burden.
Wiersbe writes, “It was important that the Jewish wives bear children, not only to perpetuate the nation, but also because it would be through Israel that God send the Messiah to the earth.”
What wonderful changes came into Ruth’s life because she trusted Boaz and let him work on her behalf.
One of the many images of the church in the Bible is “the bride of Christ.” In Eph. 5:22-33, the emphasis is on Christ’s love for the church. There is a three-fold blessing in this for us.
- He died for the church (past),
- He cleanses and nourishes the church through the Word (present),
- And He will one day present the church in glory(future). Christ is preparing a beautiful home for His bride and one day will celebrate His wedding (Rev. 19:1-10; 21-22).