Ruth 4:22
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22  Oved begot Yishai, and Yishai begot David.

v’-o-VAYD ho-LEED et yi-SHAI v’-yi-SHAI ho-LEED et da-VID

כב  וְעֹבֵד הוֹלִיד אֶת־יִשָׁי וְיִשַׁי הוֹלִיד אֶת־דָּוִד׃

 4:22   And Yishai begot David

Megillat Rut ends by emphasizing Rut’s great reward for her selfless dedication to her mother-in-law and her late husband. She gives birth to a child who becomes the grandfather of King David, making Rut the ancestress of the Davidic dynasty as well as its future descendant, the Mashiach. Most other nations would have chosen a king with a perfect pedigree and impeccable lineage, yet King David descends from a Moabite convert. The lesson of King David’s humble origins is a powerful one. Rut teaches us that salvation and redemption can come from unlikely sources. No matter what our background is, we all have the ability to play a great role in history and make a difference in the world if we align ourselves with the God of Israel, the People of Israel and the Land of Israel.

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  • What really excites me about Jesse, is his lineage, Ruth who was the Moabite daughter-in-law of Naomi. What an amazing witness Naomi and Mahlon must have been, enough so that Ruth changed from the faith that she grew up with to that of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. What this should tell us is that our lives need to match up with our words and visa versa. I can imagine Naomi telling Ruth why they, as Jews do things differently, explaining the reason for the feasts and how G-d was watching over them, Ruth would have seen the provision G-d made for the family. Not forgetting that Ruth trusted Naomi, to the point of taking instruction from her.

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