While on a US Army troop ship from New York to Germany. I heard an announcement that there was a protestant service in one of the lower compartments of the ship. My first reaction was, who would want to go to some kind of a religious service on a beautiful day like this? However, in a few more … More
Ruth was not from the children of Israel but from one of the heathen nations, the Moabites. God had commanded His people to have nothing to do with this nation because of their sinfulness (Deut. 7:3, 23:3). Ruth grew up in Moab and she knew nothing about living for God, instead she worshiped idols. One day a new family moved into her village (vv. 1-2). The father and mother of this family have 2 sons (Mahlon and Chilion). Ruth learned that they had come from Bethlehem in the land of Canaan. She learned that this family had come because there was a famine in their land. Perhaps Naomi, the mother, had told Ruth why they did not worship their gods but the true and living God.
One day, Elimelech, the father in the home died and Naomi was very sad (v. 3). Later Ruth married one of the boys in the family and the other son also married a girl from Moab whose name was Orpah (v. 4). Ten years later, both of Naomi’s sons died (v. 5). Naomi began to think about her old home and how she’d like to go back to Bethlehem (vv. 6-7). She told Orpah and Ruth her plans. When the day came for her to start back Ruth and Orpah went with her a little way (vv. 8-9). Their hearts must have been sad for they loved her very much (vv. 10-13). Then Naomi told them “It is time for you to go back. You are young and you will marry again. Go back to your people.” Orpah kissed Naomi and started back to her home but Ruth clung to her mother-in-law (v. 14).
Ruth makes a choice. She gave up her family, her home and even her country. Because of her choice she will reap results from it. Am I making selfish choices or choices that put God first in my life?
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Ruth 1:1-14Choices we make in life
Ruth 1:15-22Ruth is committed to Naomi
Ruth 2:1-13Ruth meets Boaz
Ruth 2:14-23Boaz invites Ruth to lunch
Ruth 3:1-18Ruth’s redemption is assured
Ruth 4:1-6Sacrifice is necessary
Ruth 4:7-12Boaz marries Ruth
Ruth 4:13-22Grandfather of David is born to Ruth