But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died… (Ruth 1:3)
That’s it. I mean, he comes in with this awesome name, meaning “My God is King,” and he’s out of the story about a verse later.
But his work-a-day life and mundane death are part of a plan of divine choices, prophetic promises and historic and eternal fulfillment in which you and I exist. Elimelech’s decision to move south to Moab and the events following his death result in… well, one of those boring Bible family trees that’s anything but boring once you understand it,
Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David. (Ruth 4:19-22)
For those who aren’t Bible nerds, the “line of David” is essential to the human birth and significance of Jesus Christ. He is hailed as “Son of David”, an heir to God’s promise that David would be the father of a kingdom without end.
Are you feeling a bit Elimilech-ish today? Like God or the universe or something is great and regal, and you are passing trivia? Just remember that if you are in Christ your name is written, spoken and anticipated in heaven. Somehow, some way, you are part of the great plan by which God is bringing that eternal kingdom to be.
Even if you don’t yet understand the significance of who you are,
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it. (Revelation 2:17)