Today Boaz and Ruth have a son named Obed, and the women all say to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Obed becomes the father of Jesse who becomes the father of King David, landing a former widow Moabite woman, Ruth, in the lineage of Jesus Christ, fulfilling what will later be prophesied by Micah – “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). This prophecy will be fulfilled when Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:4-7).
So Naomi goes from calling herself Mara back to Naomi, and the Lord continues working His plan through His people. This concludes the Judges Era.
The Kingdom Era begins with genealogies connecting the story:
- Creation Era- After the fall, we learned that the Lord is sending a Savior to restore man’s broken relationship with Him. The Savior is coming through Adam’s son Seth. Ten generations after Adam we met Noah, a descendant of Seth, who was saved by grace through faith during the flood.
- Patriarch Era – Ten generations after Noah, we met the first patriarch, Abraham who is father to Isaac and grandfather to Jacob. We learned that the Messiah will be coming through Jacob’s son Judah.
- Conquest Era – During the battle of Jericho, we met the Canaanite harlot Rahab who married Salmon, a descendant of Judah. Rahab and Salmon are parents to Boaz.
- Judges Era – Boaz married Ruth and they had a son named Obed.
In the Kingdom Era, we will meet Obed’s son, Jesse, and grandson, David. David will grow to be the mighty King David, and the Lord will continue to work His plan through David’s lineage. But first is the story of Hannah, a barren woman. Her husband, Elkanah, has another wife, Peninnah, who has borne him children. This family goes every year to worship at Shiloh. At this time in the story, Eli is the high priest and his wicked sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are priests. Peninnah, “a mean church girl”, makes Hannah miserable by tormenting her because “the Lord had closed her womb. So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.”
We have learned that the Lord is the one who opens the womb in His timing to accomplish His purposes as He did with Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel. Will He do the same for Hannah? Keep reading to find out. (Ruth 4:13-22, 1 Chronicles 2:9-55, 1 Chronicles 4:1-23, 1 Samuel 1:1-8)
Creation Era (Gen 1:1-11:26) ✔️
Patriarch Era (Gen 11:27-50:26 and Job) ✔️
Exodus Era (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) ✔️
Conquest Era (Joshua) ✔️
Judges Era (Judges, Ruth) ✔️
Kingdom Era (1,2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles 1-9, 1 Kings 1-11, various Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) is up now!
Eras to follow:
Divided Kingdom, Captivity, Return, Silent, Gospel, Church, Missions, and End Times/New Beginnings