"Amech Ami"

“Amech Ami” means “your people are my people” these famous words were spoken by Ruth the Moabites, the same Ruth who is mentioned in the genealogy of the One who is born to redeem the nation of Israel, as one of the mothers of the King Messiah. The contrast between her past stigma and future legacy captured my heart. Her initiative, motives and strength of character moved the heart of God.

The Nation of Moab is the offspring of the incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughter. Ruth was a Moabites and her nation was ostracized by Israel (Deuteronomy 23:4). Knowing this she still chose to cling to Naomi in her time of great pain, and by doing so she gained a new reputation “…for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.” (Ruth 3:11).

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.Boaz’ words to Ruth draw a parallel to the iconic father of our faith….“All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.” (Ruth 2:11). Was it not Abraham who began his walk of faith following the Lord with a very similar call? “Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you” (Genesis 12:1).

Abraham obeyed the direct command of the Lord but Ruth obeyed her own conscience even though she was repeatedly asked by Naomi to do just the opposite (Ruth 1:8,11,15).

Ruth was unwilling to leave Naomi in her grief without any help and no one to care for her. She was, however, willing to remain a widow and even be looked down on as a foreigner in order to care for Naomi. It is this selfless and sacrificial act which commends her in the sight of the Lord.

Ruth’s reply to Naomi became so famous that people wear it on t-shirts in the years 2023, and it is inspirational to “foreigners” world-wide who love and support Israel since they chose to follow her God.

I am talking about Christians who were grafted in to the household of Israel by following Yeshua. Unfortunately the Christian-Jewish history is full of blood shed and persecutions. This gave Christians a certain stigma in the eyes of many Israelis, and even worse, it gave a bad reputation to Yeshua. I believe this stigma will be broken off when the people of Israel see the same admirable conviction that Ruth had, coming from followers of Yeshua who love and support Israel.

Boaz whose mother Rahab was a foreigner who attached herself to the people of the God of Israel encourages Ruth with these words: “May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” (Ruth 2:12)

Ruth cared for Naomi and the Lord cared for Ruth evidenced by the fact she did not remain a widow, on the contrary she gave birth to the very seed of Messiah, the Redeemer of Israel.

It is indeed as the women in the story declare to Naomi:

“Blessed is the Lord who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel.” (Ruth 4:14)

 

The Lord has shown grace and mercy to us all, Israelites and foreigners alike, since He indeed did not leave us without a redeemer. May His name, the name of Yeshua become famous in Israel again!