When He delivers us from sickness. And Ruth’s Spirit-born commitment to trust in the Lord also led her now to remain committed to her poor mother-in-law Naomi. Outdoor activities, music, sports, and learning are some of my favorite things to do. It’s the kind of promise that maybe we wouldn’t expect Ruth to make. Even though Naomi knew that a new marriage for Ruth would change their relationship, she still played an important part in arranging the marriage of Boaz and Ruth. We give glory and thanksgiving to God—not just for taking us to be with Him someday in heaven, but for all the little everyday deliverances that He brings into our lives. NKJV Ruth 1:1-19a (esp. When we remember Ruth’s commitment to her mother-in-law, we also remember that it’s a commitment made possible by: This promise Ruth makes to remain with Naomi and care for her is really an oath. If we fail to recognize the darkness, the power of Ruth’s commitment is lost. law, Ruth and Orpah. A baby named Jesus. She would abandon the gods of Moab, and Ruth and Naomi would both be committed to the one true God of Israel. Ruth made a commitment to follow Naomi’s God as well (Ruth 1:16). 1:18). Your people will be my people, and your God my God. Published in: The Bible Today, 32 [March 1994], 68-73. However, this commitment took Ruth on a journey away from her people, through the wilderness, and into a strange land. In other words, the context of these … Continue reading "Commentary on Ruth 1:1-18" In Ruth’s decision to follow Naomi, we see God’s sovereign grace to save Ruth and bring her into the family of Yahweh. Ruth’s faithfulness to God brought her many blessings. 1. Not only did she continue on with Naomi, but she determined to follow her God. Ruth not only promises—she swears by the name of the LORD that she will stay with her mother-in-law and live with her and even be buried where she is buried. Boaz, the leader of the Jewish people and a kinsman of Naomi’s late husband Elimelech, has just noticed Ruth, the proselyte, gleaning in his fields. Share Via. Her story of faithfulness and loyalty whilst walking through difficult circumstances into a life unknown is still inspiring generations even in our day. Ruth went to work. And in His death on the cross Jesus brought deliverance to the whole world—deliverance from sin, death, and the devil’s power. Ruth set off to the field of Boaz, a kinsmen of Naomi’s husband, to pick grain. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. Naomi gave in to Ruth … (:14b-18) The Bravery of Ruth’s Loyal Commitment. Relationships are covenants, not contracts. This was a commitment even to death. Her commitment is not just to Naomi; it is a lifetime commitment to Israel and to her God. [6] Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the LORD had visited his people and given them food. True commitment to others is reflected in every aspect of life. When it comes to these people, the world says, “You get to choose!”  You get to choose whether to stay or go. God be thanked for your love to me. There would be no area of separation. He saw to it that the people who are in your life are in your life! Different backgrounds, different hometowns. Others were a little older. I made a decision to follow Jesus at a very early age while my mom made cookies and I ate cookie doe. I’ve thought about this often. Ruth was from Moab. Ask someone in your small group to pray for you specifically as needed and hold you accountable for your commitment. They had a son they named Obed. When famine hit Bethlehem, Naomi and her husband moved to the land of Moab, where eventually their two sons met and married two women:  Orpah and Ruth. Kids, maybe it’s your parents. She and Naomi went from being impoverished widows to a secure life. Naomi’s darkness alludes to our Advent darkness. Ruth’s commitment echoes Christ’s incarnation. And from David’s line, about 1,000 years later another baby would be born. In His life He delivered those ten men suffering from leprosy in our gospel lesson for today. Have a volunteer read Ruth 1:19-22. After all, it was an emotional moment. Your email address will not be published. A little about me. The LORD do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.". Ruth’s commitment to her God. I have an awesome family my wife and I have three amazing kids. But why? Ruth and Naomi both characterized loyalty. Answer: In Ruth 1, we read that the husband of Naomi died in the land of Moab. “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. In Bethlehem Ruth would work as a gleaner in the fields, bringing home enough grain for Naomi and herself to survive. As we noted in the previous section, Naomi’s family appeared to be a prodigal family running away from God’s will … She and her husband moved there with their two sons, who eventually took wives while living in Moab. Naomi gave Ruth the reasons she should stay in Moab. Go get married. 4:7-12 Ruth becomes wife to Boaz. By Dr. John Yingling | Published: June 11, 2015. Because of Ruth’s commitment and love for Naomi, and her refusal to turn back from what she knew was the path she should take, God blessed her tremendously. Ruth chose to follow the LORD and to accompany Naomi back to Bethlehem. The love of Ruth for her mother-in-law parallels the love God has for humanity. One writer says that Naomi was a grieving widow, Orpah was a leaving widow, and Ruth was a cleaving widow. In taking such an oath, Ruth defies all conventions and takes … In a lot of ways we couldn’t have been more different from each other. After all you weren’t just “thrown together” with these people. So Ruth spoke: “Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from accompanying you; for where you go I shall go, and where you spend the night I shall spend the night. Ruth, however, burst forth in a heartfelt statement of commitment and loyalty and chose to go along and live in Israel with Naomi. From v19, what was the result of Ruth’s commitment?? When He delivers us from worry. Ruth says, "Let me go to the field, and glean along the ears of grain." Boaz was aware of Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi and he asked the Lord to reward her for her deeds. Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried” (v. 16-17). The Rabbinic sages also provide a motive for it: Naomi’s piety was so impressive that Ruth longed to follow her and learn from her. As we noted in the previous section, Naomi’s family appeared to be a prodigal family running away from God’s will … 1:17). God uses our suffering to accomplish His purpose. You didn’t choose your parents. Ruth’s Commitment 15 November 2020 PM – Ruth 1:14-18 – Ru20 – Scott Childs Introduction: God has kept silent many of the details of Naomi’s character.We only see a glimpse here and there. Ruth is an example of loyal love not only in her decision to leave her family and her country to … Naomi gave Ruth the reasons she should stay in Moab. She honored her commitment to Naomi, instead of thinking of her own needs and chances for marriage. Instead these words are an affirmation of Ruth’s commitment to her mother-in-law, Naomi, after a series of losses devastated their family. Ruth and Naomi teach us that sacred relationships have God at the center. The LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. But Ruth’s commitment to Naomi went even further when she said what? Ruth and Orpah accompany their widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, into the desert on the way back to Bethlehem (the house of bread). The Book of Ruth is the story of a woman whose devotion and loyalty provide an inspiring picture of faith and resilience. Lesson #4 – Sharing Openly About Our Relationship with God Brings Intimacy to Relationships. God provides for His people even in the midst of famine. Because of this, she was willing to leave behind everything she ever knew. 4:13 Ruth has a child ... – A free PowerPoint PPT presentation (displayed as a Flash slide show) on PowerShow.com - id: 55f4bb-ODAzM She swears that she will join the Israelites rather than the Moabites and will even follow the God of Israel. Ruth’s Covenant With Naomi - Ruth replied, “Do not plead with me to abandon you, to turn back from following you. Ruth is a foreigner with no cultural obligation to Naomi, Naomi’s people, or Naomi’s God. It swelled with love for Naomi —and for the God whom Naomi served. Were Ruth and Orpah going to wait for those theoretical sons to grow up? Jesus was God’s ultimate gift of deliverance. The Point: Christ-centered living chooses commitment, not convenience. Required fields are marked *. Why was Ruth so eager to make this oath and go with Naomi and not return home to her people and her gods? Ruth not only promises—she swears by the name of the LORD that she will stay with her mother-in-law and live with her and even be buried where she is buried. The only real choice you have is to do the right thing, the God-pleasing thing, and to be faithfully committed to the people you’ve thrown together—and been thrown together—with in your life. Some of us were even older than that. Despite knowing that she will outlive Naomi by many years and will be alone in a foreign land after Naomi passes on, Ruth makes an irrevocable lifetime commitment to remain in Bethlehem, sealing it with an oath in the name of ″the Lord″ (YHWH or Yahweh in Hebrew), the covenantal name of God (1:17). The story of Naomi and Ruth are woven together closely that their stories are nearly inseparable. The very David from whose lineage Jesus was born (Matthew 1:1-17). A contract is self-centered but a covenant … But the story doesn’t end there. In this world where we human beings are seemingly thrown together, we hold up her example of commitment as something to recall and hold onto each and every day. Naomi then chose to return to Israel and encouraged her daughters-in-law to … Just think about everything happens because God brings this foreigner named Ruth to come with Naomi and live in Bethlehem. 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