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Learn More. Both of them kept insisting: “No, but with you we shall return to your people.”​—Ruth 1:8-10. 4, 5. So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. PRIVACY POLICY,,, Share Only death could separate them. I will do for you all you ask. Salem Media Group. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”. These women were not only God’s provision to each other but also a way for Him to make Himself known through their lives. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. Unlike Orpah, Ruth could wholeheartedly say that she wanted Naomi’s God, Jehovah, to be her own God as well. But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. (Gen. 24:3, 4) Later, the Mosaic Law warned the Israelites not to let their sons and daughters marry foreigners, for fear that God’s people would be led into idolatry.​—Deut. Ze bleven ongeveer tien jaar in Moab wonen. Warren Wiersbe, Darrell Bock & David Chadwick, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Sermon on the Mount - Bible Story Verses & Meaning, The Prodigal Son Parable - Bible Story Verses & Meaning, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. She decided to go back to Bethlehem in Judah and told Orpah and Ruth to stay in Moab and find new husbands. (Read Deuteronomy 6:5.) It must have been heartbreaking for her to start the return journey without those she had come with. Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David. 9 Naomi, for her part, was eager for news of her homeland. Women in the Bible​—What Can We Learn From Them. One day she heard, perhaps from a traveling merchant, that the famine in Israel was over. both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. Ruth’s relationship with God started the same way most relationships with Him do. Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. (Ruth 1:7) They had grown close to Naomi through their shared ordeal. (Read Ruth 2:8, 9, 14.) Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. At Ruth & Naomi, we offer your Tween & Teen apparel that is both trendy and age appropriate. Instead of returning to a place where physical rest and security was likely awaiting her, Ruth placed her faith in the unknown, in a people she did not know and a God she did not know. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. Naomi voiced her grief over the death of her husband and sons but never stopped trusting Him to do something about her situation. 22 To those kinswomen and neighbors of years past, Naomi revealed how bitter her life had become to her. But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. 12 As the miles stretched out behind the three widows, another concern began weighing on Naomi. 20 It is, of course, one thing to put loyal love into words; it is quite another to prove the quality in action. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. (a) Why did Naomi’s family move to Moab? After the harvest, Naomi encouraged Ruth to meet Boaz on the threshing floor and to lie down at his feet when he was done working. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.” “I will redeem it,” he said. She had family there in Moab, a mother, and a home that was waiting for her. The Moabites worshipped many gods, the chief among them being Chemosh. What did Ruth do when she chanced upon the fields of Boaz, and what was the gleaning work like? They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. The reasonable response for a widowed and destitute Ruth would have been to return to her family’s home, where she could be protected and perhaps even remarry. Much like Job before her, she believed that Jehovah God had brought her hardships on her.​—Ruth 1:20, 21; Job 2:10; 13:24-26. Naomi was convinced Ruth was serious: “When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her” (Ruth 1:18). What kind of a person was Boaz, and how did he treat Ruth? Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. ”, Then Ruth the Moabite said, “He even said to me, ‘Stay with my workers until they finish harvesting all my grain.’ ”, Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It will be good for you, my daughter, to go with the women who work for him, because in someone else’s field you might be harmed.”. And he filled it with a lot of grain and placed it on her shoulder. 114 were here. Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz. Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. of This, then, is the family line of Perez: Perez was the father of Hezron. (a) How had Naomi’s life in Moab affected her? The book of Ruth has been described as a small gem, a masterpiece in miniature. Scheffer’s paintings are currently out of favor because they are seen as too ‘sentimental’ and old-fashioned – and in fact they do remind the viewer of Victorian-era holy cards. Notes one reference work: “After her husband’s death, normally a widow had to rely on her sons for support; if she had none, she might have to sell herself into slavery, resort to prostitution, or die.”. (a) What kind of reputation did Ruth have? The Interpreter’s Bible comments: “The writer thus emphasizes that this foreigner is a follower of the true God.”, ^ par. In Ruth 1:14 "And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her" Ruth 1:14 KJV., the ancient Hebrew word dâbaq, translated as "clave." Would you like to read this article in %%? The region consisted mostly of high, sparsely  wooded tablelands cut through by deep ravines. Without a source of livelihood, they relied on Ruth to bring in leftovers from a plantation nearby. When Naomi hears this, she tells Ruth to go lay down at Boaz’s feet when he’s asleep after winnowing barley. (b) Why was Naomi’s treatment of her daughters-in-law commendable? And they went to Moab and lived there. Would you remain unmarried for them? They were allowed to go into the fields at harvesttime and follow the reapers, gleaning what was left behind as well as what grew at the edges and corners of the fields. “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. She even felt that her name should be changed from Naomi, which means “My Pleasantness,” to Mara, which means “Bitter.” Poor Naomi! Salmon the father of Boaz, Boaz the father of Obed. 1 Naomi had a relative named Boaz, a rich and influential man who belonged to the family of her husband Elimelech. . RUTH walked beside Naomi on a road that stretched across the high, windswept plains of Moab. He tells Ruth not to go to other fields because she’ll be safe and well stocked in his field. (a) To what did Orpah return? As they cut through the barley with their flint sickles, she stooped to pick up what they dropped or left behind, bundled the stalks into sheaves, and carried them off to a spot where she could beat out the grain later. * Being a good friend takes a long time to learn. Enjoy this wonderful animated Bible story for all children. Though the Law gave her the right to glean, she did not take it for granted; she asked the young man in charge of the harvesters for permission to work. Naomi points away to the west, directing Ruth back to her original family, but Ruth covers Naomi’s other hand, signaling that she will hold onto the older woman, come what may. May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud, and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”. How, though, did Jehovah provide for Ruth and Naomi? Zo bleef Naomi alleen achter, zonder zonen en zonder man. Here’s a quick recap of the book of Ruth: Having moved to Moab and lost everything there, including her husband and two sons, Naomi decided it was time to return home to Judah. 7 With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah. We need it in marriage, we need it in family relations, we need it in friendships, we need it in the Christian congregation. 12, 13. 14, 15. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers. Aug 2, 2020 - Explore Jeanne M's board "Ruth and Naomi", followed by 137 people on Pinterest. 15 What about Ruth? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!” Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. How did Ruth express her faith in Jehovah God? Boaz was now able to marry Ruth. In selecting Ruth, God chose one of the “least of these” as the basis for the lineage of not only the future king of Israel, but for the Messiah who would save the world. Why would you come with me? May the LORD repay you for what you have done. 115 were here. Published in: The Bible Today, 32 [March 1994], 68-73. 14 Naomi was not so easily persuaded, though. When Boaz woke and noticed Ruth he blessed her for her kindness and noble character. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. 9-11. 27 Calling her “my daughter,” Boaz advised Ruth to keep coming to his fields to glean and to stay near the young women of his household to avoid being harassed by any of the workmen. Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. She felt no shame in working long and hard to care for one she loved, even though it was humble work. So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. No, my daughters. Boaz was a landowner where Ruth came to find grain. May the LORD show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. Boaz even ordered his workers to drop extra barley so Ruth could have more for herself. Your people will be my people, and your God my God. “The fields of Moab” often proved to be fertile farmland, even when famine stalked Israel. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah. The answers to what questions will help us to imitate the faith of Ruth? When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her. 2 One day Ruth said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields to gather the grain that the harvest workers I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. Naomi had been a widow for years now, but she was mourning more recent losses​—the deaths of her two sons, Chilion and Mahlon. When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. (a) How did Ruth demonstrate loyal love? As we cultivate that kind of love, we are imitating the outstanding example of Ruth. (b) How did Ruth’s journey differ from that of Naomi? Was that how Ruth felt? She loved Naomi dearly and would do all she could to care for her. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”. “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. Ruth’s faith defies human logic and wisdom.”[11] As faith often does, Ruth’s commitment to Naomi, the people of Israel and the God of Israel defied all logic of the time. 20-22. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. 30 Ruth’s faith in action is an excellent example for all of us today who struggle in these difficult economic times. At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Ruth and Naomi. Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. All rights reserved. Ruth worked behind the harvesters in a field that belonged to a man named Boaz who was a relative of her father-in-law Elimelek. To that end, we give a portion of each and every purchase to The Dream Center in Phoenix, Arizona. At Ruth & Naomi, we offer your Tween & Teen apparel that is both trendy and age appropriate. God loved Ruth and Naomi. Imitate Their Faith, Share Ruth Works in the Field of Boaz. So, with a heavy heart, she kissed Naomi good-bye and turned away.​—Ruth 1:11-14. Lie here until morning.”, So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”. Ruth worked very hard in the fields to provide enough barley to sell and to keep some for her and Naomi. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”. After they had lived there about ten years. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.”. Naomi explained that there was virtually no hope of a family future for them in her homeland. *. A remarkable man of faith, Boaz greeted his workers​—some of whom may have been day laborers or even foreigners—​with the words: “Jehovah be with you.” And they responded in kind. As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. Naomi heard that the Lord helped the people of Israel and food had been provided back home. Glenna S. Jackson . This is a summary of the Biblical account of the lives of Ruth and Naomi. Both sons also passed away leaving Naomi with her two foreign daughters-in-law. One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Yet, Ruth kept at it, stopping only to wipe the sweat from her brow and to eat a simple lunch in “the house”​—likely a shelter set up to provide shade for the workers. Ruth was willing to do hard, humble work to provide for herself and Naomi. “I am your servant Ruth,” she said. 3 What would move a young woman to make such a drastic change? They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The LORD be with you!” “The LORD bless you!” they answered. 7 Nevertheless, Mahlon and Chilion married Moabite women. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. He knew, too, that Ruth had turned to the worship of Jehovah, for he said: “May Jehovah reward the way you act, and may there come to be a perfect wage for you from Jehovah the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”​—Ruth 2:12. That someone was Naomi. Still, she was grief-stricken when her husband died.​—Ruth 1:2, 3. (a) Describe the journey of Ruth and Naomi and the burden of grief they carried. Naomi’s son, Ruth’s husband, had died. The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”. It is hard to see how it could have. And she lived with her mother-in-law. She had, indeed, decided to take refuge under the wings of Jehovah God, like a young bird securely nestled against a protective parent. When one looks to the Bible for ideal relationships between friends, one often thinks of the story of Ruth and Naomi. 26, 27. 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.

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