One day as Ruth worked in the fields Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters with the words, “The Lord be with you.” “The Lord bless you,” they answered. Seeing Ruth hard at work, Boaz asked the overseer of his workers, “Who does that young woman belong to?” The overseer replied, “She is the … Continue reading A standout performance
Naomi’s deceased husband Elimelech had a relative who was very wealthy; his name was Boaz. So Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field, and glean heads of grain after him in whose sight I may find favour.” Naomi said to her, “Go, my daughter.” Then Ruth left, and went … Continue reading Finding favour
Naomi and Ruth made the long journey home. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?” “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD … Continue reading Eyes to His purpose
Naomi was determined to return to Bethlehem alone. Therefore, she urged her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab and start life again with a new husband. The daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, both cried at the idea of leaving Naomi, but eventually, “Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law … Continue reading Get clingy
Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the LORD show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Then she kissed them … Continue reading Hopeless yet hopeful
In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. Therefore, a man from Ephratah in Bethlehem, a region of Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelech, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the … Continue reading In search of greener pastures?
The Israelites vowed that they would never allow their daughters to marry men from the tribe of Benjamin. After the carnage of the civil war, the people went to Bethel and sat in the presence of God until evening, weeping loudly and bitterly. “Oh Lord God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel? One … Continue reading Are you missing something?