“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. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.”
A famine breaks out in Israel, and a man and wife travel with their two sons to Moab. The sons marry there and after some time the three men all die, leaving their wives widows.
Some time later, Naomi hears that the famine has ended and decides to return to her home town of Bethlehem. She urges her two daughters-in-la to stay in Moab and remarry. However Ruth is determined to stay with Naomi.
Ruth and Naomi arrive in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
Naomi’s life has not turned out as she had hoped. All the men in her life have been taken away, and she has no real prospect for financial security. But Ruth is determined to stand with her and to journey back to Bethlehem with her.
Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi and her pledge to follow Naomi’s God stand out as the positives in this bleak picture. Ruth willingly sacrifices her own self-interest for the sake of Naomi.
We see in this a picture of Christ who laid down His life to redeem us and His total faithfulness to His people.
Thank you Lord for the example of Ruth who risked her own security and future for the sake of another. Please help me to have this kind of faithfulness to the people around me. Amen.