The story of Ruth took place during the period of the judges in Israel, at a time when there was peace between the Israelites and the Moabites. Naomi and her two sons had migrated to Moab to escape a famine in Judea. Both Naomi's sons died there. She urged her two Moabitish daughters-in-law to go back to their people, perhaps to remarry, while she would return to Judea. Ruth refused to leave Naomi's side, preferring to return with her and adopt her culture and religion.
Ruth served Naomi in Judea and was perfectly obedient to every suggestion or request Naomi made to her. She dutifully gleaned in the fields for their support. Ruth married Boaz who was an Israelite of the tribe of Judah related to Naomi. Through Boaz, she was converted and was fully accepted as an Israelite. From the book of Ruth there is great knowledge to be learned of her faith as a convert to the true gospel. We can also learn the love and mercy the Lord extends to those who desire it, even if they have grown up outside of the covenant. David, king of Israel and the Lord Jesus Christ were Ruth's descendants.
The story of Ruth is a wonderful account of individual goodness and how it can survive in a wicked world. Throughout the account Ruth displays the ability to make good decisions and face challenges with courage.
One of the greatest stories ever told is the story of love and devotion Ruth expressed toward her mother-in-law, Naomi.