The Book of Ruth is part of the third section of the Old Testament called the writings. It is also sometimes considered a book of Wisdom, and this is as it should be for it has within some hidden wisdom or truth often overlooked.
The story opens with a famine in Judah so Elimelech and his wife Naomi remove themselves to Moab which was something they were not suppose to do but people will often move to where they figure they will be better off. By and by, Elimelech passes away and Naomi's two sons marry Moabite women. Sadly her sons pass away too. These deaths must have been devastating to the ageing widow Naomi, but she was comforted by a loving daughter in law, named Ruth.
Because the land of Judah had became fertile once again Naomi decides to go back among her people near Bethlehem, and Ruth decides to come with her for she loves Naomi as her own mother. Naomi and Ruth settle near a prosperous farmer named Boaz, a kinsmen of Naomi. (Ruth 2:20). Most people overlook the fact that Boaz is a "kinsmen-Redeemer" (Goel) who is somewhat obligated to take as wife the widow of his near relative or brother. Naomi pushed Ruth in the direction of Boaz because she knew Boaz was such a Goel. Boaz had sometimes observed Ruth and Naomi gleaning in the fields and was attracted to Ruth but was at first a little stand offish toward Ruth because he was not the nearest relative. He did give much grace and kindness toward Ruth and offered Ruth both Bread and Wine. After several appeals from Naomi Boaz decides to take Ruth as his wife. Good things often come out of unfortunate situations. Ruth and Boaz are part of the genealogy of the ultimate redeemer: Jesus Christ.
Some probably read the story many times and overlook a few things in the story. Note how the Goel or Kinsman Redeemer is heaping grace upon grace on Ruth as she gleans in the fields and he gives both Bread & Wine to the widow Ruth. He asks her to dip the bread in the wine and in this way she shares communion with Boaz and his servants... Does this not bring to mind the fact that Yeshua called himself the "Bread of Life" (John 6) and also the last supper where the bread represents his flesh and the wine his Blood? Does this not remind us how the believers are the bride of the redeemer? And does it not remind us of the ultimate harvest at the end of the age?