Ruth the Moabite
Ruth the Moabite played a significant role in the coming of Jesus.
After her husband died, she followed her mother-in-law Naomi to her homeland in Israel, where she met Boaz. They would become the great grandparents of King David and eventually propagate the lineage of the messiah.
Ruth faced great tribulation as a woman in an ancient context with no protection.
But she boldly followed Naomi to the land of Israel, devoted herself to the Lord, and played a critical role in the victory of God over sin and death through her everyday faithfulness in the face of impossible circumstances.
The most popular Bible verse from the Book of Ruth:
“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).