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In the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, we find the names of four women: Tamar, Rahab, Bathsheba, and Ruth. All of these women are Gentiles. The story Ruth and Boaz reveals that we cannot be perfected in unity unless—like Ruth and Boaz—we are one relationally.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the same location where David was born and learned to become a shepherd. Jesus is the royal king from the family of David, born in Bethlehem to be a shepherd. Everything in David’s life as a shepherd points to Jesus and finds its fulfillment in him.