Read Matthew 1:1-6

v 5Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).
Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth), Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David.

Matthew was a Jew, and doubtless he would have read and known the story of Ruth. He was in a position to see the purposes of God being fulfilled at last. He wanted his fellow-Jews to see the foundations of faith in Jesus were rooted in their own history. What is more, that history included some very ordinary people, even some with very dubious backgrounds. Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho; Ruth was a Moabite woman and not a Jew by birth, and David’s line was continued through Bathsheba. (She had pretty torrid time too!) Human history is about people with flaws or tragedies to live with – and God included them all in His purposes of redemption through Jesus.

I am amazed that this little story of Ruth found its way into the Bible and was preserved intact through hundreds of years of Jewish history. It serves to reveal to us the extraordinary activity of God in the lives of ordinary people – who had no idea where it was all going to end.

You probably think of yourself as an ordinary person; perhaps you have special gifts and abilities for which you are thankful, but nevertheless, well, you live in a small village in Sussex, far removed from the hurly-burly of national power-politics, and you say to yourself ‘What’s special about me?’  The story of Ruth comes as a reminder that even little people have a part to play in the grander purposes of God.

And His purposes have allocated you a part in them!

Wednesday 26th May Daily Notes from The Hub