Ruth 1:1-22, “Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her”
When I talk about the goodness of the Lord and His work, I am reminded of the book of Ruth. If you carefully read this book, you will see how God skillfully patterns two women’s lives by causing them to go through different stages of life with an aim to bring them to a level where they can truly understand who God is. Through one of the women we will talk about, her lineage became the line by which David came and through that line Christ comes to us. When God begins to do something in a life, He will not only look at the present but more so the future. He is making something that will last for a long time.
The story of Ruth took place sometime during the rule of the judges. Those were dark days for Israel for everyone did as they saw fit in their own eyes. During those times Elimelech and his wife Naomi )interpreted as “My pleasant one”) left Bethlehem which is also interpreted as “House of bread” to go to Moab a land full of idols. The main reason for the relocation was because of famine in the land of Bethlehem. Elimelech and Naomi had two sons Mahlon and Chilion. These two young men were given names that typifies some kind of dysfunction in their lives. Remember names were not just given in the olden times, names were carefully picked and most of the time it had something to do with the current or future. When Naomi’s husband died and so were her two sons married to Moabite women Orpah and Ruth, an here we are told of three widows. One widow is getting old and is losing hope, the other two are still much capable of rebuilding their lives. They only have one mentor, their only friend and they are loyal to each other, their friendship is strong and their commitment to each other is solid. They all have lost something but they still have each other to help them deal with the grief, pain, the fiercest storms. We need friends the most when we are dealing with tough times, when fear is knocking at the door and all the hope and strength has left the door, a friend who will stick closer is what you need, who will hear you out, who will encourage and strength you. Proverbs 18:24, “A man that has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. A friend that lets you know that it will be alright, a friend to boost your faith, a friend that will pray for and with you, and who is a better friend than JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, Mathew 28:20, “…lo, I am with you, even unto the end of the world”.
Ruth and Orpah had nothing to tie them to Naomi, they were free by the law to remarry, they had a chance to abandon Naomi who was getting old. They were stuck in the middle for where they came from was not pleasant and where they were was not pleasant either. Naomi was about to make a drastic change of going back to her home land empty handed. She left with much trying to run away from the house of bread during tough time but now she is coming back empty handed and of age. Ruth 1:6, “Then she rose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people (Israel) by giving them bread”. A very tough decision to make, one part is to face her situation head on the other part is to break a bond that she already made.
Part 1 is lay a ground work for us to understand that there are and will be times when we are caught in the middle of situations, and the choices we make during those times can change the course of our lives either for a short time or forever. Going back is not an option when have invested so much into your tough situation. God will let you know that there is bread in His house (Bethlehem) and you have to make a choice to fight all the fears, doubts, pride and the thought of what people will think of you when you make the move and take a stand. We are not destined to spend the rest of our lives in Moab when there is bread in Bethlehem. Blessings Ev