Do you have a special place? Perhaps a certain restaurant, maybe a park or flower garden, a path along a meandering stream, but a place that pulls you back to a time and a memory and your soul says "this was good"? Today I knew I had returned to such a good place. I've been here several times before but as I began to re-read my study guide for our Ruth study, once again it was that "special place".
Ruth, a small four-chapter narrative nestled into the Old Testament. Many see it only as a beautiful love story and many a college and university has taught it as an eloquent literature piece. Many has used it's few verses, chapter 1:16-17 for wedding vows.
You've heard it said "Dynamite comes in small packages", well, Ruth may be a small book but it is filled with it's own, unique "dynamite". The ancient Jewish scriptures often included Ruth with the book of the prophets. Huh? A prophetic book? Well, stay with us and you will see the prophecy unfold in the story of Ruth.
We will slowly unpack the revealing "real story" behind the story and discover revelations that are woven through out her story.