God Welcomes U Turns.

So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and when he went into her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative (Hebrew Goel, redeemer), and may his name be famous in Israel.”
“And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher (sustainer) of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. Ruth 4:13ruth turnsRestorer, shub; Strong’s # 7725: To turn back; turn, return, restore, bring back, retrieve, reverse. Shub is used over 1000 times in the OT. In the KJV, shub was translated in more than 60 different ways. The word is used more in the sense of “return” (Ex. 4:19), meaning to go back to a point of departure.

It can mean to “turn away” from God (Num.14:43) in a spiritual sense; or to “repent,” to turn away from one’s sin and toward God (Hos. 3:5).
Ruth and Boaz’s son Obed is the ancestor of King David, from whose line the Messiah-Redeemer would come.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 21:19:26

    I am very familiar with U Turns, my friend. It is not a surprise to me that shub is used so often as I know a bit about the condition of the human heart.

    I am glad that you covered both sides of shub. The grace of God allows us the opportunity to repent and turn from our wicked ways.

    What a great God we have!

    God’s blessings…


    • Mannyr
      Mar 29, 2013 @ 19:53:58

      I for one am very grateful for U turns. I always try to remember: God’s mercy leads us to repentance. They only life to live is a repentant life.


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