Ruth 4:17 (HCSB)

The neighbor women said, “A son has been born to Naomi,” and they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

     The son had been born to Ruth, but the blessing of having the child fell upon especially Naomi.  Her sons had died, but God had given her another son (Obed) through Ruth.  Naomi’s mara (bitterness) had turned out to be a blessing.  God had dealt very kindly with her.  Indeed, we remember her now for this story and for the reason it is a story—Naomi was the great-great grandmother of David the king!  
     This is the story of a desperate family who felt it necessary to flee famine and lost (apparently) everything.  Of a foreign woman who gave up country, culture, and (apparently) any chance at love.  Of an older man who was well off, except in regards to relationship, wife, and children.  Of God who brought three people together and gave them a great blessing. They are in the line of King David, quintessential servant of God.
     It is a great story.
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