Ruth 1–Better to Live Together

Happy New Year! We are going to spend some time looking at the lives of some critical Bible heroes.  During the time of the judges, things grew steadily more difficult for the people of Israel. Elimillek and Naomi were a couple that had to leave Isreal to find a way to make a living.  They moved to Moab with their sons and started over. During the time in Moab, the sons married Moabite women, Oprah, and Ruth.  The sons died and Elimilek died and Naomi was left with her Moabite daughters-in-law.  Naomi encouraged the girls to return to their families as she returned to Bethlehem. Oprah sadly agreed and left, But, Ruth loved Naomi and agreed to stay with her. In one of the most beautiful statements in the Bible, Ruth tells Naomi, “Wherever you go I will go. Wherever you stay, I will stay.  Your people will be my people and Your God, my God!”
 
When the going gets tough, God’s people see amazing answers to their needs. Naomi would never know how significant Ruth’s commitment would be.  For the time, Naomi did not have to face returning to Bethlehem alone. Often, we are in difficult situations and do not have the answer to solve the problem.  God, however, in His infinite wisdom puts someone or something in our lives to bring us through.  We are, of course, grateful for His plan and intervention, but often have no idea the extent His intervention will impact our lives and the lives of others.  It is certainly exciting to see God’s hand in our lives, but the people He puts in our lives to journey with are often touch so many more lives than we could ever expect. The fun part is to step back and see Him do the work!
God Bless You

In the days when the judges ruled,[a] there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.

Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.

Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.”

Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10 and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”

14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her.

15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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