The Moabite Status


I hope that you have read Ruth over this past week and I hope that you have enjoyed it.  I want to conclude my thoughts on this book by thinking of Ruth herself.  She has obviously been through much difficulty and also been greatly blessed by God.  Boaz has lover her.  He loved her so much that he redeemed her so that she could live in a love relationship with him and experience everything he had for her.  She would be the great grandmother of King David.  She would also be in the lineage of Christ.

The reason I think this is worth noting is because Ruth not an Israelite. Remember she was a Moabite.  So what?  Let’s consider the status of the Moabites for just a minute.  Remember their origin?  According to Genesis 19, Moab who was the father of the Moabites, was born as the result of an incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughter.  Their origins were evil from the beginning.  According to Deuteronomy 23:3 a Moabite or an Ammonite (the other incestuous child of lot and another daughter) were not allowed into the congregation of the Lord to the tenth generation!  That’s some serious uncleanness.  In Psalm 60:8 and Psalm 108:9 God calls Moab His washpot. Let’s just say that Moabites were not on the top rung of the ladder.

Yet, Boaz loved her.  He loved her enough to redeem her.  God also loved her.  He loved her enough to bless her and to put her directly in the lineage of Christ!  Despite her Moabite status.  That is grace my friends. I really cannot over emphasize this enough.  She was dirty, unclean and totally separated from God yet He would bring her into His family.

So I simply close with this.  What is your Moabite Status?  What is the secret evil part of you? What is it that makes you too unclean for God and for His grace.  You are His enemy? You are completely unclean inside?  Unworthy? Even from the beginning you have been evil an against God?  Trust me on this.  If God has offered grace, forgiveness and relationship to Ruth with her Moabite status then He is definitely offering it to you.  You are invited, you welcome to come, you can be part of the family too.


But as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to become the children of God, to those who believe on His name,   John 1:12

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2 Responses to The Moabite Status

  1. Cristal says:

    This still amazes me. From washpot to worthy. From dirty to desirable. From unclean to upright. As I prayed to God, I thanked Him for this story of Ruth. Just this morning, I asked Him to teach me to be like Ruth and to create a new awareness of the redemption she experienced. Thank you for sparking this desire with the challenge to read Ruth.

  2. Sue Honeycutt says:

    Thank you for sharing the book of Ruth. We have truly been blessed.

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