The Book of Ruth is more than a footnote to the Book of Judges. It is a key to understanding Judges, which ends on a note that is as perplexing as it is tragic: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21.25). The question cries out: When will God provide a king for His people?
The Book of Ruth is His answer. Out of the spiritual cesspool that Israel had become, He was working to accomplish His purposes through the life of a young Moabite girl named Ruth. Her story is filled with irony and seeming coincidences, trouble and sorrow, and finally love and a family. In the end she marries a man named Boaz, and they have a son whom they name Obed who has a son named Jesse who has a son named David – the shepherd king God provided for His people.