[I’m assuming that you have just read the texts linked above – otherwise this may be hard to follow.]
All of us who use computers know about hyperlinks — they are the words which, when you click on them, link you to another location. Often a table of contents will be hyperlinked so if you, for example, click on the title of chapter 5 it will take you to chapter 5. Well, some have called the Bible the most hyperlinked text in the world. Not in a literal sense, but in the sense that the stories are so interconnected to each other that reading one automatically brings up many others, and that this is intentional and part of the meaning.
We are going to see this happening today, as we bring to a conclusion our series on the book of Ruth that I have called, “Stories that nurtured Jesus.” Jesus never referred directly to the book of Ruth, at least in the written records we have of his teaching, but Jesus’ central theme, that the Kingdom of God was actually at hand, to be lived and experienced as a present reality, in spite of all indications to the contrary, is what the book of Ruth is all about. There is no doubt in my mind that the characters in this story formed part of the mental furniture of Jesus’ mind.