v 42 For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.
We now move on over a thousand years from Ruth and people are talking about Jesus. What they saw was a man with a Galilean accent and so he couldn’t be the Messiah who was expected to be living in Bethlehem! A man with a Galilean accent was as distinctive as a Geordie might be in Brighton. Peter was recognised at Jesus trial because of his accent, as Matthew records ‘A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” The people in this story knew the old prophecies, and believed them; hadn’t the Prophet Micah been specific in saying the Messiah would be from Bethlehem?
Long in advance God was preparing a Land, a Nation, a Family and a birthplace. The Messiah’s coming was written in the annals of Heaven.