Well, we’ve made it to the end of the week, and today I’m bringing you another post on lessons we can learn from women in the Bible. I have to say, these are some of my favorite posts to write, and I thank the Lord for guiding me on various points to touch on.
If you’re a romantic, the story of Ruth is for you!
It begins during a famine in Bethlehem. and man named, Elimeleck, his wife, Naomi, and their two sons moved to Moab, a wicked, pagan nation, to seek refuge. His sons married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth, even though the Lord had commanded the Israelites not to marry unbelievers. Unfortunately, Elimelck and both of his sons died while there, leaving Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth as widows.
When Naomi heard that God was providing for the Israelites in her hometown, she decided to go home. At first both her daughters-in-law wanted to join her, but Ruth ended up being the only one to go.
When they returned to Bethlehem, Ruth gathered grain in a field belonging to Boaz, a relative of Elimelek. He was impressed with her faithfulness and work ethic and provided protection for her. He ended up being Ruth and Naomi’s “kinsman-redeemer,” meaning he was responsible for helping them. Ruth and Boaz eventually got married, and Jesus was one of their descendants.
Here are five concepts we can learn from Ruth’s story:
After their husbands’ deaths, Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth began the trip back to Bethlehem. While Orpah ended up going back to live with her family, Ruth “clung” to Naomi and stated, “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” (Ruth 1:16). Ruth was only related to Naomi through marriage, yet she chose to follow her rather than return to her own family.
The same holds true for us today. One doesn’t have to be related by blood to be considered family. Perhaps your family has let you down, but you have friends that have always been there for you and consider them family.
Ruth was a widow and could’ve lived a destitute life. However, since she was physically able to work, she did. In fact, part of Jewish custom was to leave some crops untouched when harvesting, so that those who needed it, and were willing to work, could make out a life.
I understand that there are situations today that prevent people from obtaining jobs. However, there are a plethora of opportunities if someone truly wants to work. Laziness has become an increasing issue in our country, and unfortunately, our government only enables that problem. If you can work, please do.
When Naomi and her family moved to Moab, a pagan nation, Ruth was an unbeliever. However, we see from her story that after witnessing Naomi’s faithfulness, she came to know the Lord, too.
Similarly, when Ruth first started working in Boaz’s field, she was unaware of him. However, he noticed her work-ethic and had heard about how she’d remained with Naomi, rather than go home to her family in Moab. He even asked some of his workers about her.
As Christians, people are always watching us. We should live such a life that people would recognize our faith just by observing us. Along the same lines, we must also be wary to live in a Christian matter so as to not lead others astray. Remember, one poor decision can ruin a testimony.
Ruth faced tragedy early in life. However, she didn’t stop living. She lived a life worthy of the Lord, and God lead her to Boaz. They ended up playing a role in Christ’s lineage.
I’m not sure what you’re going through, but I do know a Savior who can provide you comfort. Perhaps you’ve recently experienced the loss of a loved one. I can’t imagine the pain you’re going through, but I also know that things get better and that grief becomes easier to manage, with the Lord’s help.
Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman redeemer. Responsibilities of this role included avenging a murdered relative, buying someone out of slavery, re-purchasing land that might have been sold during difficult times, and marrying a widow and continuing the line if there were no children.
Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer. He wants to rescue us from the bondage of sin and gave His own life to save ours. By turning from our sins and asking Jesus to be the Lord of our life, we get to spend eternity in heaven with Him. If you’ve never asked Jesus into your heart, I encourage you to do so.
I hope you have a blessed day.
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