This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David. Ruth 4, verses 18 through 22.
Here ends our journey through the book of Ruth. It’s fitting we should end this journey here, today, on Good Friday, talking about genealogy. The Bible spends quite a few pages listing peoples’ genealogies, both to identify legitimacy and to prove Godly origin. Knowing that, it’s a good thing to remember where Jesus came from.
- He came from forever. True, a few people can claim a biological ties to the king of Israel and the King of Kings, but that’s nothing special; really, it isn’t. Where are those people today? Not even Dan Brown can tell you. It’s for our edification that God included Jesus’ family tree in His instruction manual for life. Maybe it helps us see Jesus as both man and God. But the people listed in Scripture aren’t His only family. We are His family too because He adopted us. He is our ancestor, creator, brother, father, and descendant; wrap your noggin around that concept for awhile and let me know if you can figure it out. I’m still trying.
But all my trying inevitably leads me back to the only conclusion possible (or desirable, even). Jesus is God from forever. He Is the I AM. He didn’t descend, evolve, or simply be born in ways we can fully comprehend. We get the human part, but the rest of it is the mystery of the ages and the only mystery that matters. He proved it to Ruth. What happened today proves it forever.
The writer of Ruth recorded the lineage of Obed from Perez, Obed’s ancestor, down to King David, Obed’s grandson. He recorded the story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz as a poetic way of describing God’s relationship with us. That relationship is based on more than just family bloodlines. It is based on undeserved love, unquestioning loyalty, and unending beauty. The writer gave us this story forever because God’s love is forever…because God, the creator yet physical descendant of Ruth and Obed and David, is forever.
This story, how Jesus loves us and is loyal to us even when all else fails, also goes on forever. While one book of the Bible ends, others remain. All of them are Jesus’ gift to us in how He reveals Himself to us. He revealed Himself to a poor girl from Moab, and to a destitute family from Judea, and, in time, to us all.
Jesus, thank You for Your story of Ruth. Thank You for revealing Yourself to us, and for remaining for us forever.
Read the story of Good Friday found in the four Gospels, then read the Easter story found just after.