In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem of Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, his wife, and his two sons. But Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and so did her two sons.
In this apparent voided of happiness story there is a prophetic and beautiful end. We see in this story not only the picture of God’s love embedded in His plan for the Gentile nations, but also Ruth as a type of the gentile bride of Christ. Call me not Naomi, she said, call me Mara [bitter]. While Naomi was drained in her unhappiness, God had a beautiful future for her life; one that would make her forget all her past losses. It all started when her family moved from Bethlehem duo to a famine. There, she lost her husband and her two sons. After she had lived in Moab ten years, she decided to go back home. Apparently, she had had enough However, both her daughters-in-law showed the desire to follow her to Bethlehem, but when she persistently refused the idea, one of them left her and went back home. Ruth however, firmly said, “urge me not to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, and where you lodge will lodge. Your people shall be my people and your God my God,” Naomi finally agreed to let Ruth go with her. In her words “Your people shall be my people,” Ruth showed great faith. There was more to her words than she realized. There was a prophetic meaning by being part of the nation of Israel she could never fathom. That would be a beautiful plan God had for her life. So, what compelled a young woman to give up her family, culture, and religion to follow her Mother-in-law, whose culture and religion were different from hers? Perhaps Naomi, as her mother-in-law had a good influenced in her life, and as a result, a good relationship between them to compel Ruth to leave all behind to follow Naomi. But beyond the tangible, God was working His plan through Ruth’s life, to bring His Son into the world many years to come.
family of four fled the famine in the land in the time when the judges ruled
the country. There were four of them: husband, wife and their two sons. Theirs
was a life of tragedy and misfortune in the period of ten years while in the
country of Moab, where they made it their home for a while. They were
Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah, a place linked to prophecy concerning the
birth of the Savior of the world. But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are
small among the clans or rulers of Judah, out of you will come for me One Who
will be Ruler over Israel, whose coming forth from of old ( Micah 5:2). Nothing in God’s calendar happens by mistake.
Although circumstances pointed out tragedy, His plan of old, from eternity was
firmly established through the lives of this family, although indirectly, for
it was not going to be from them, but from a Moabitess woman and a kin of the husband,
that Bethlehem was going to be exalted above the heavens.
story of Ruth, the Moabite, does not stop with the end of the book of Ruth;
instead, it begins. It is an amazing story to read. In fact, it is the kind of
story everyone would like to read for its wonderful ending. In the days when the Judges ruled, as the
Bible tells us, a family of four from the town of Bethlehem of Judah, left
their country to sojourn in the country of Moab, due to a famine in the land.
They were Elimelech, Naomi and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. It was a
trip of about twenty to thirty miles, not far at all. Moab, is located east of
the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, South of the Arnon (Num. 21:10-15). The Moabites descendants have a questionable
history due to Lot’s daughters in their incestuous relationship with him (Gen.
19:31-35). After the judgment that came to Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s daughters
assuming they to be the only females in that region where they settled, they
took upon themselves the responsibility to solve the problem by bearing Lot’s
children to enable the line of their family to continue. In a devious and
perverse way, they caused their father to lie with them and they both bore his
children. Not an attractive story, is it? But God, as it is said, “Writes
straight on a crooked line.” As a matter
of fact, we are all crooked before Him, but His love has covered the multitude
of our sins through His Son, YAHSHUA.