The Book of Ruth
Naomi’s husband, Elimelech had passed away and she was left with their two sons. They took Moabite wives, Orpah and Ruth, and lived there 10 years before the men died. All three women were left without their husbands. Naomi went on her way to return home. She told her daughter-in-laws to go back to their mothers home. The girls told her no they would return with her. But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me“ As they cried, “Orpah kissed her mother-in-law but Ruth clung to her.” Naomi once again told Ruth to go home to her people like her sister-in-law. Ruth said, “do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.“ So Ruth and Naomi went until they got to Bethlehem.
Ruth asked Naomi if she could go work in the field gathering ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find favor. Naomi told her to go. As Ruth was gathering she came to a field of Boaz, kinsmen to her father-in-law. Boaz asked the servant in charge “whose young woman is this?” and he went on to tell him about Ruth. Then Boaz said to Ruth, not to gather from this field or another but to watch after them with his young women. He told the young men not to touch her and if she got thirsty to drink from their water. Ruth bowed and asked why did he favored her and toke notice to her. He replied, because of how Ruth treated her mother-in-law since her husbands death. He told his young men to leave some corn behind for her to gather and not to criticize her. After the day was over she went back home and showed Naomi what she had gathered. Naomi was very thankful for the man that took notice and was kind to Ruth.
Naomi had a plan for Ruth. So she went to the threshing floor and waited for Boaz to lie down. Once he did she went and uncovered his feet and laid down. When he woke up during the night asking who was there Ruth told him. He said, “May you be blessed by the Lord,” do not fear I will do what you ask. He went on to say I was a redeemer but there is one closes, I will go to him in the morning. She stayed until morning and he told her not to let it be known she came there and gave her some barley. She went home and told her mother-in-law everything.
Boaz got the other redeemer and elders of the city together and told them about Naomi selling her husbands land. He told them that if he redeems it then he is also to take Ruth in order to her husbands name in his inheritance. The first redeemers said he could not buy it but told Boaz to buy it. Boaz took Ruth as his wife. They had a son and Naomi became his nurse.
After Ruth husband died she stayed by her mother-in-laws side not leaving for anything. We see what true loyalty is here. She does everything that Naomi ask except for leaving her. Think if you were in this time.. What would you do? Go back to your parents home or stay with your mother-in-law? It would of been really hard to not go back home. And it would also be very hard to leave my mother-in-law since she was dealing with much more pain then myself. She also teaches us strength. I cannot imagine losing my husband at all let alone very early in our lives. With all the pain she would of been going through she keeps going and even goes on to work by gathering corn from the field. By being so kind to everyone she finds favor in Boaz’s eyes. Until Ruth and Boaz had a child and made Naomi his nurse she was empty. She thought that the Lord had dealt her a band hand because she lost her husband and her two sons.
Your words and kindness can go a long way. How does the way you act and talk about others reflect on you? Would Jesus tell you have been a good servant? No one is perfect! But I want my words and acts to be pleasing to our Savior.