Ruth 4:15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”
The Word of God is full of subtle, hidden meaning. The Old Testament story of Ruth is like that. Ruth, who was a foreigner, was married to one of Naomi’s sons. After the death of Naomi’s husband and son, Ruth remained loyal and faithful to Naomi. Through a series of events she was married to Boaz, an elder in the nation of Israel. The prophesy in today’s verse comes from that story, speaking of the child of Boaz and Ruth. This child became a type of Christ and the father of Jesse and the grandfather of King David. This was the messianic line which in this case came from a Moabite young woman. Today’s word is an incredible prophesy about the prophetic significance of this child. Obviously these titles are speaking of one greater than even David. Who else but Christ Himself could be the RESTORER and NOURISHER of our souls. Here are the meanings of these two titles from Zodhiates Old Testament word book.
1. RESTORER OF LIFE – SHUB- come back; to turn around (figuratively); to turn to Jehovah (i.e., a spiritual return to the Lord; to be converted to God
THIS IS THE WORK OF THE LORD – REPENTANCE AND RENEWAL
2. NOURISHER – KUHL – contain, hold, abide, bear, nourish, provide
This is a great description of the present day ministry of our Lord. First, He is the great Restorer of life. All of us were once hopelessly lost in our transgressions and sinfulness. Jesus came to each of us through the power of the Holy Spirit and convicted us of our sin and converted us to this new life. Strangely, the sway of all of our past habits and addictions lost their attraction to us. We were drastically and permanently changed. Christ restored us to our destiny as sons and daughters of God.
Secondly, the ministry of Jesus continues for us as a Nourisher. After our new birth, He nursed us and sustained us as a mother cares for her new born child. He has supported us and kept us alive by His constant work of renewal. We are daily nourished and renewed by the work of the Holy Spirit and the power of His word.