God prepares Israel for the absence of their mediator by the recording of his word and the appointment of officers to administer that word.
The birth of Obed is the story of God's provision of redemption through a servant born to those upon whom he has chosen to show grace.
The townspeople make what turns out to be a prophetic blessing, wishing that a descendent of Ruth and Boaz lead his people by building a new house of Israel, thus establishing the kingdom of God.
God reveals his own intention to acquire the right to redeem his people from Adam in order that he might redeem them through a new covenant, a covenant of grace.
In the provision of barley, Boaz gives Ruth a promise of a great provision to come.
We see in Naomi and Ruth two ways of seeking God’s kingdom, the way of the flesh and the way of wisdom, but only one obtains the goal.
Naomi encounters the kindness of the Lord, which begins her on the path to repentance.
God reveals himself in Boaz, who blesses Ruth (and, therefore, Naomi) by reversing the curse of the Law, taking its cost onto himself.
God reveals himself to be the reward of those who seek him by faith and the merciful king who bears patiently with the stubborn and rebellious hearts of his people.
The Book of Ruth resumes the age old theme of two houses, two peoples, who are conflict and the reality that the lines between those two peoples are not set through family heritage.