Friday, March 26, 2010

Ruth 1:16

But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

During the time of the Judges in Israel there was a famine that caused people to leave Israel and travel to get food. Naomi traveled to what we now call Jordan with her husband and two son’s. Her boys married Moabite women (A big no-no for Jews). Her husband died and so did her two sons.

Deciding to return to Israel she sends her now widowed daughter-in-law on their way. But Ruth will not go. She wants to return to Israel with Naomi. Ruth saw that the God Naomi served, even in hard times, was the real God of the universe.

They are hungry, Naomi lost her two boys and her husband in a country not her own, and now she has another mouth to feed. It was not easy, but God provided.

The rest of the book is powerful. Ruth, through her humbly listening to Naomi eventually gets married. Who is her great-grandson? King David, whom we know to eventually be in the lineage of Jesus the Messiah.

Peter tells us to humble ourselves before God, and He will exalt us (1Peter 5:6). We will not be in the lineage of the Messiah, but we are his children, and glorious things happen when we humbly believe and serve God like Ruth did.


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