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As we come to this passage today, will you bow your head with me and quiet your heart as we slow and savor the Word of God in the midst of this busy season?

Lord, we bring to you our nothing, our weariness, our busyness. Quiet our hearts as we come before Your Word today, that we might hear from You. Amen.

Let’s dig in:

“And may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the Lord will give you by this young woman.” (Ruth 4:12)

What is this verse saying? What is important about Tamar and thereby Ruth? And what do they have in common?

Tamar was a bit of an unsavory character, with lying and pretending to be a prostitute as part of her resume. And while Ruth was an upstanding woman, she was nonetheless a despised foreigner, an outsider among God’s chosen.

Matthew tells us about Jesus’ ancestry in his Gospel. The angel told Joseph, “You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

Jesus came to rescue sinners, people like his own ancestors, people like Tamar and Ruth, people like you and me.

Ruth is a lovely character. We love to hear the story of her faithfulness to her mother-in-law Naomi {Ruth 1:14-18}, how she chose to stick by her side no matter what. Ruth is held up to us as a symbol of a faithful woman, one to be emulated and her characteristics sought after.

Ruth’s love and faithfulness to Naomi is beautiful. She left her home, her people, and risked her reputation in order to remain faithful. But this isn’t only a story of Ruth’s faithfulness, it is a story of God’s faithfulness. It is a story of God’s covenant faithfulness (hesed) to Naomi and Ruth, to Israel, and ultimately His faithfulness to us, His people. 

The love of Jesus is far greater than the love of Ruth for Naomi. He left his place in heaven, not just the security of the homeland of Moab. He didn’t merely risk his reputation for us, he became a man of no reputation, despised and rejected by men. 

God in His love and sovereignty, gave Ruth the redeemer she needed, and at the same time, prepared the way for the ultimate Redeemer!  Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may His name become famous in Israel. Ruth 4:14

What He began with Tamar, and then Ruth, he completed in Jesus. That His name might become famous. 

Take a moment today and sing the song, O Come All Ye Faithful, and as you do, remember that it is because of HIS faithfulness that we can be counted with Ruth as faithful. 

O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord!! He is forever faithful!


Adoring Him,

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Angela Perritt

Angela Perritt

Angela Perritt is the founder and director of, a nonprofit online Bible study ministry reaching thousands of women in over two hundred countries around the world with God’s Word through their translated Bible studies. She and her husband live in Dallas, Texas with their three daughters. Angela is passionate about God’s Word and believes one woman in God’s Word can change a family, community and ultimately a nation. Her greatest joy is to encourage her children and others to love God greatly with their lives one day at a time. You can connect with her on Instagram.

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