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(T) Go back with her.”, 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you(U) or to turn back from you. There may have been others who traveled to Moab with Elimelech and his family, but the author does not make a point of telling this to his readers. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.” NAOMI AND RUTH RETURN TO BETHLEHEM (Ruth 1:19-22 ) They Arrive in Bethlehem (Ruth 1:19). Near destitute, Naomi returns to Bethlehem with one daughter-in-law, Ruth, whom she could not dissuade from accompanying her. There is no reason for you to return to Judah with me! Lot and his two daughters are now living in a cave. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the people of the town were excited to see them. When they entered Bethlehem, the whole city was stirred because of them, and the women of the city exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?” 20 “Do not call me Naomi,” she replied. She would have been very much at home in our Postmodern world. That strongly suggests that she was still a Moabite at heart, still an idolater at heart. In the cursed darkness, Ruth had seen the light of God and in the bleakest circumstances, she trusted the love of God. Both were related to Naomi in the same way. His oldest daughter concluded that their father would die without an heir. When Naomi saw that Ruth had made up her mind to go with her, she stopped trying to get Ruth to return to her own parent’s home. 3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your children will conquer nations and will resettle desolate cities (Isaiah 54:1-3). 12 The word “new” is not in the original text. 2 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the NET Bible. Second, Naomi’s words are even more forceful here,14 issuing Ruth a command to leave her. So the woman was left all alone – bereaved of her two children as well as her husband! Ruth was determined to serve and care for her mother-in-law; Orpah chose to look out for herself. Who would want Naomi for a mother-in-law? In addition, anyone who wants to share the Bible with others can print unlimited copies and give them away free to others. And in good covenant form, she pronounced a curse upon herself if she did otherwise. The Arrival in Beth-lehem. She had given up all hope. This, of course, is Naomi’s meaning. Who would want a Moabite wife, especially a widow? There Elimelech died, and the two sons married, Mahlon taking Ruth as his wife, and Chilion taking Orpah —both women of Moab, where both sons likewise died. What time of year did Ruth and Naomi return to Bethlehem? It led to a hopeless fatalism: “It doesn’t really matter what I say or do; God is against me, and there is nothing I can do about it.”. We read of the origin of the Moabites in Genesis 19,3 just after the account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Ruth 1:19-22 NRSV. I am reminded of Satan’s strategy in the Garden of Eden. Moab’s hostility and opposition to Israel continued on into the period of the Judges. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung tightly to her. 3. 16 But as it is, they aspire to a better land, that is, a heavenly one. (3) One gets the impression that those who remained in Bethlehem fared reasonably well during the famine; certainly better than Naomi and her family did. It is available on the Internet at: www.netbible.org. In the dark shadows of the days of the judges, we find two individuals whose lives are truly lights in the darkness. 2 (Now the man’s name was Elimelech, his wife was Naomi, and his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. No, it is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend” (Isaiah 55:8-11). Out of love, Naomi encourages her daughter-in-laws to return to their mothers homes. Your people will be my people(W) and your God my God. What a relief it is to leave Judges behind and come to the Book of Ruth! Towards the end of the period of the Judges, in c.1060BC, Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi returned across the River Jordan from Moab to Bethlehem. We need to bear in mind that what is at stake here is the Messianic line, the line which will ultimately bring forth Messiah. Naomi decides to travel back home to Bethlehem. But Ruth refuses to abandon Naomi and clings to her tightly. God had just destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of their great sin. Abraham put the seed at risk when he represented his wife Sarah as his sister, and she ended up (temporarily) in Pharaoh’s29 (and later Abimelech’s)30 harem. Naomi and Ruth went to the house Naomi used to live in with her husband and two sons before they moved to Moab. Naomi’s first attempt is described in verses 8-10. Put another way, the title of this book is Ruth, not Orpah. The ultimate test is the Word of God and Naomi’s counsel, while it sometimes used God’s name, did not conform to God’s Word. First 30-days on us! Naomi’s second effort13 will be less subtle and more pointed and forceful. Judah married a Canaanite woman, and two of his sons died because of their sin. 16 The expression, the Sovereign One (rendered “the Almighty” by most translations) is the term Shaddai. 10 From what we learn from the Book of Ruth, one does wonder what role Naomi played in this decision. Word had reached Naomi in Moab that God had visited His people by ending the famine and providing abundant crops back in Israel. His name was Nate Mirza. Each of you should return to your mother’s home! Other translations have “another” – another husband. The New Covenant promises that God will write the law on the hearts of those He has chosen for salvation, whether Jew or Gentile. We should learn from Naomi that if barrenness is one’s earthly fate, our heavenly fate is vastly different. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13 would you wait until they grew up? 20 It could well be that Orpah had much to say, but the author did not wish to focus on her as she is not the heroine of this story. Humanly speaking, staying with Naomi does not offer much promise of a good life for these Moabite widows. Ruth emphatically says “No” to Naomi, but with such wonderful words Naomi can hardly continue to stand in her way. Step # 2: Count the Cost. 14-17. 31 Later the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man anywhere nearby to have sexual relations with us, according to the way of all the world. She persuaded her younger sister to help her get him drunk, and then for both of them to sleep with him to produce offspring for him. Elimelech had a wife named Naomi and two sons, Mahlon and Kilion. Then you go and have sexual relations with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 35 So they made their father drunk that night as well, and the younger one came and had sexual relations with him. As they continue their journey toward Bethlehem, Naomi makes a three-fold attempt to persuade Orpah and Ruth to return to their homes, rather than to accompany her all the way back to Israel. Beware of well-meaning advice that is not rooted in Scripture and that is supportive of what you would really like to do, rather than what God commands us to do. But when she urged Ruth to return to her pagan god(s), that was the worst unkindness of all. Ruth went out to glean barley, and providentially happened into the field of Boaz, a gracious, generous businessman and relative of Elimelech. A few years later, king Saul will offer the sacrifices, even though he was instructed to wait for Samuel, all because Saul felt this was a crisis that justified setting aside obedience in faith to God’s Word.27. But it is not the essence of what our life in Christ is about. She has chosen to permanently leave her homeland and family and to embrace Israel, the Israelites, and Israel’s God as her own, forever. It’s as simple as starting the journey home. Naomi adds one final argument in favor of Orpah and Ruth returning home to Moab. It is not only Ruth and Naomi who benefit from God’s work in the Book of Ruth, for everyone who has been saved by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has been saved by the offspring of Ruth and Boaz. In the past, Naomi was always portrayed in a somewhat flattering way. Both the Benjamites’ sin and their judgment are similar to what happened in Genesis 19. I would be very reluctant to conclude that Ruth’s husband or his parents taught her the law. In Bethlehem, the Lord allowed Ruth to remarry and give birth to a son named Obed, who became grandfather to King David. (Now they arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.) 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. She views God as harsh and uncaring, doling out affliction and trouble in a way that is completely unrelated to her attitudes and actions. Like Moab’s mother, the Israelites reasoned that due to their circumstances, an Israelite line might become extinct. It was a good number of years ago that I sat in on an excellent elective class taught by my friend, Tom Wright. We know that this backfired because Balaam could not curse those whom God had blessed.5 When this approach did not work, Balaam counseled Balak how to harm Israel in a very different way – by having the Moabite women seduce the Israelite men.6 One might easily infer from this that the Moabites, like the Canaanites, were a sexually immoral people (in a way that tempted the Israelites). Naomi felt that God was against her, and every indication is that she felt God had dealt with her in a harsh and severe way. 4 So her sons married Moabite women. Where you go I will go,(V) and where you stay I will stay. Such is not the case, my friend, and seeing her as some kind of heroine will distort our understanding of the message of this wonderful book. Their ultimate blessing would have been to leave their land, their people, their false religion, and to identify with the Israelites and with their God. They would be a reminder that Naomi’s sons – their husbands – had not married Israelite wives. Chapter 1: Ruth and Naomi in Moab. No, my daughters. The only hope Naomi sees for Orpah and Ruth is the hope of finding a Moabite husband and bearing children. Naomi’s people (Israel) would be her people, and Naomi’s God would be her God. Naomi was now left without a husband, without sons, and without grandchildren. As the story of Esther unfolds, it looks as though every Jew is doomed to annihilation, but for the providence of God, whereby God’s enemies are destroyed and His people are spared. He came alongside Eve as her friend, as someone who was doing her a favor. It had been at least ten years since Naomi and her family had left them. More tears are shed. One manifestation of God’s mercy, expressed through His sovereignty, is His providential working at times when there appears to be no hope. If her daughters-in-law could snag a good (Moabite) husband, bear some children, and have a bountiful harvest they were indeed blessed, at least as Naomi viewed it. Why do you call me ‘Naomi,’ seeing that the Lord has opposed me, and the Sovereign One has caused me to suffer?” 22 So Naomi returned, accompanied by her Moabite daughter-in-law Ruth, who came back with her from the region of Moab. 15 The translations differ here. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. Naomi told her friend not to call her “Naomi” (which means “pleasant”) any longer, but rather to call her “Mara” (which means “bitter”). 38 The younger daughter also gave birth to a son and named him Ben-Ammi. It was a bad start, and sadly things didn’t get any better over time. The benchmark by which we need to compare Ruth and Naomi is the Abrahamic Covenant: 1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father's household to the land that I will show you. Naomi tended to focus only on herself, on her lack of sons to give in marriage, and on her lack of a child to carry on the family line. My impression is that Naomi had changed not only in her appearance (she may not have aged well in Moab), but also in spirit. Ruth 1:6 ESV. The oldest daughter went first, bearing a son whom she named Moab. It has been supplied by the translators. It is not Naomi’s belief in the sovereignty of God that troubles me as much as how she applies it. And one of these two – Ruth – is a Moabite, not an Israelite. One day after Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem, Ruth went to the fields and gathered all the corn which was left behind by the workers for the poor and widows to collect. The term she used to refer to Him – Shaddai – was a term that emphasized God’s great power. Naomi saw singleness (widowhood for her) and childlessness as a curse, while Paul taught that singleness could facilitate ministry to others and to God (1 Corinthians 7:32-35). And when both her sons died without bearing children, her situation seemed impossible. 8 “Indeed, my plans are not like your plans, and my deeds are not like your deeds, 9 for just as the sky is higher than the earth, so my deeds are superior to your deeds and my plans superior to your plans. See How They All Connect. True to their respective names, Bethlehem had again become "the house of bread," and Judah "the land of plenty and of praise." Naomi is not at all like Ruth or Boaz; she is, in fact, a backdrop against which Ruth and Boaz are contrasted. Perhaps one reason why the author does not make a major point out of the theme of divine judgment is because his purpose is to emphasize divine mercy, not only as God provided food for His people, but also in His providential provision of a family and a posterity for Naomi and Elimelech. And so they did. 14 For whenever the Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things required by the law, these who do not have the law are a law to themselves. If Elimelech, Naomi, Mahlon, and Kilion suffered because of their sins, they deserved it. Her God is all powerful, but not merciful and gracious. NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Biblical Theology Study Bible, Comfort Print: Follow God’s Redemptive Plan as It Unfolds throughout Scripture. where did these children come from?’” (Isaiah 49:20-21). 21 I left here full, but the Lord has caused me to return empty-handed. Not even death would separate them. Naomi instructs us to beware of Calvinism run amuck. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law(P) goodbye,(Q) but Ruth clung to her. 6 So she decided to return home from the region of Moab, accompanied by her daughters-in-law, because while she was living in Moab she had heard that the Lord had shown concern for his people, reversing the famine by providing abundant crops. Such people are in misery, and honestly, they make those around them miserable as well. 12 For all who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. It must have been on Naomi’s watch that these two sons married their Moabite wives – Orpah and Ruth. I’ll attempt to support my conclusions as we proceed in our study of this book. Thus, we cannot say with certainty that the story of Ruth occurs late in the period of the judges, though this seems likely. They were of the clan of Ephrath from Bethlehem in Judah.) This is the origin of the Moabites and the Ammonites. Lot’s daughters, the Israelites (on behalf of the Benjamites), and Naomi are inclined to resort to a pragmatic solution, rather than one that is faith-based and rooted in principle. And so they, like Lot’s daughters (the oldest one in particular), devised a scheme whereby the line would be preserved, albeit apart from faith and obedience to God’s Word. 4 The LORD said to Moses, “Arrest all the leaders of the people, and hang them up before the LORD in broad daylight, so that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.” 5 So Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you must execute those of his men who were joined to Baal-peor” (Numbers 25:1-5). 3 Sometime later Naomi’s husband Elimelech died, so she and her two sons were left alone. “You must not bow down to their gods; you must not serve them or do according to their practices. Naomi’s husband Elimelech has died and her two sons, including Ruth’s husband, have also died in Moab where they had lived. 6 When Naomi heard in Moab(A) that the Lord had come to the aid of his people(B) by providing food(C) for them, she and her daughters-in-law(D) prepared to return home from there. No wonder they didn’t have a great reputation. And yet as the story of Ruth unfolded this time, it suddenly became obvious to me that Naomi was no role model. Orpah and Ruth accompany her part of the way. Wouldn’t it be better for the two of them to travel together? They would be a reminder that Elimelech and Naomi had left Bethlehem when the going got tough. (8) All of this leads me to conclude that Naomi is not an example of faith, but an excellent example of Israel’s poor spiritual health. For my intense suffering is too much for you to bear. We will return with you to your people.”, 11 But Naomi replied, “Go back home, my daughters! These are the times of darkness when godliness should shine forth as a brilliant light. What Naomi does mention pertains to marriage and child bearing. It took two attempts to convince Orpah to turn back and three attempts to convince Naomi that her efforts to turn Ruth away were futile. At the beginning of the barley harvest (Ruth 1:22) Fill in the blank: "Let her _____ even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her." Surely you would not remain unmarried all that time! We certainly are reminded of the sovereignty of God by our text, but unfortunately most of the emphasis on God’s sovereignty in chapter 1 comes from Naomi, and she is not seeing things as she should. Many tears were shed, but in the end both women refused to leave Naomi and return to their mother’s home. The best thing for her to do was to return to Bethlehem and live out the rest of her days, dying “empty” (i.e., childless). This is a text that has always puzzled me. All rights reserved worldwide. Ruth and Naomi Return to Bethlehem. Her other daughter-in-law, Orpah, remains in Moab. Both women initially refused to heed Naomi’s exhortation to leave her and return to Moab. Deut. The crises of life are God’s pop quizzes, times when He puts our faith to the test, times when He gives us an opportunity to put our faith on display. (R), 15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law(S) is going back to her people and her gods. It certainly would be safer for the two women to travel together, but it is Orpah who will travel alone, not Ruth. She believes in a God who is all powerful, but who is not merciful and compassionate. She seems to have little or no conviction regarding her sins, the sins of her husband, or of the sins of the nation. Naomi decides to return to her home town of Bethlehem where there is promise of provision and urges her two daughters-in-law to return to their Moabite families. Naomi and her daughters-in-law heard there was food again in Bethlehem, and Naomi decided to go back home. But he by no means leaves the guilty unpunished, responding to the transgression of fathers by dealing with children and children’s children, to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6-7, emphasis mine). Lot fled with his daughters and was living in a cave. This time it is Orpah who kisses Naomi goodbye. Why would you come with me? (X) 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. At this point in time, one would not think that Naomi would be at the top of the list in the hall of faith: 13 These all died in faith without receiving the things promised, but they saw them in the distance and welcomed them and acknowledged that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth. When we met, I had no idea who he was, but he introduced himself something like this, “Hi, Bob, I’m Nate Mirza. The women of the village said, “Can this be Naomi?” 20 But she replied to them, “Don’t call me ‘Naomi’! 20 Yet the children born during your time of bereavement will say within your hearing. But she concluded that God was using His power against her, rather than for her. How unsearchable are his judgments and how fathomless his ways! Eventually Naomi and Ruth arrive in Bethlehem. Her commitment is not just to Naomi; it is a lifetime commitment to Israel and to her God. What a difference it makes to believe in a God who is in absolute control and who is also merciful and gracious, causing all things to work together for our good and for His glory, if we believe in Him. The city is moved. Ruth Goes Out to Glean. To do it any other way was to disobey God. They insisted on going on to Israel with Naomi. This is completely secular thinking. Take note of the fact that Ruth’s covenant is not a short-term commitment; it is a lifetime commitment. It will take time and effort, but you don’t have to stay in Moab. 14 In her first attempt, Naomi issues a parting blessing, punctuated by a farewell kiss (verse 9). Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. 35 Or who has first given to God, that God needs to repay him? Ruth went to a neighbor’s farm and started doing the same. The two women, now forever bound together by Ruth’s covenant, continued on their way until they reached Bethlehem. 1-3. 26 The way they acquired the 400 wives by wiping out Jabesh Gilead is no more noble. 3 When Israel joined themselves to Baal-peor, the anger of the LORD flared up against Israel. Many are the times when friends counsel others to act in their own best interests, and all too seldom do they point their friends to the difficult principles and commands of Scripture. The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide an electronic version of a modern translation for electronic distribution over the Internet and on CD (compact disk). They no longer have their “old” or former husbands because they have died. 25 Translations differ here, but I think that this daughter’s choice of words is very important to consider. Call me ‘Mara’ because the Sovereign One has treated me very harshly. 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Many, including me, are troubled by the times in which we live, but this is no excuse for ungodly behavior. Ruth focused on Naomi and her need and on Naomi’s people and their God. She has been convinced and turns back to her own country. Orpah seems to have no great spiritual interest in Israel or in the God of Israel. 17 Wherever you die, I will die – and there I will be buried. (6) Most (if not all) of Naomi’s actions, attitudes, and advice were misguided and downright wrong. When I realized this, I blurted out, “What a witch!”, much to the surprise of the rest of the class. 1 “Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth! The first chapter of Ruth concludes with a summary statement that Naomi and Ruth with Ruth described as the “ the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. The same is true for Naomi. Both were traveling with Naomi as she made her way toward Israel. But here is where the similarity ends. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. We know from the Book of Ruth that they took this trip 2 times. My problem with the text in Romans 2 was that I couldn’t think of an example of what Paul was saying. I am no longer capable of giving birth to sons who might become your husbands! Study Bible The Return to Bethlehem 19 So Naomi and Ruth traveled until they came to Bethlehem. (One was named Orpah and the other Ruth.) So Naomi returned to Bethlehem from the country of Moab, along with her daughter-in-law Ruth the Moabite woman. They came “empty” (at least according to Naomi’s assessment – see verse 21), but God would not let them go hungry (or childless). (L) Would you remain unmarried for them? It is more bitter(M) for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me! Mahlon was her husband. The contrast between Ruth and Orpah. Not only is Naomi unable to provide these women with husbands (and thus with children), God is also dealing harshly with her. The “security in the home of a new husband” referred to earlier is now spelled out in plainer terms. One would have to begin by saying that these two women have a fair bit in common. 4. If our text tells us anything about God, it is that His ways are not our ways. This is entirely consistent with Old Testament history and with the warnings recorded in Leviticus 26:18-20 and Deuteronomy 28:23-24. 14 Again they wept loudly. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. A famine plagued Israel in the days of the judges. What a mighty, magnificent, merciful, awesome God we serve! The more Naomi protests her miserable state, the more we are being prepared for a great work of God. As Orpah kisses Naomi goodbye and turns back toward home, Ruth clings all the more tightly to her mother-in-law. But what she fails to see is that God is only increasing her problems to the level of human impossibility, so that He can demonstrate His power and grace through her weakness. Heartbroken, Naomi prepared to move back to Bethlehem and told Ruth to return to her own family. So Naomi returned together with Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, who came back with her from the country of Moab. (AF) Why call me Naomi? Here is a story that not only warms our hearts, it encourages our faith by unveiling the providential hand of God in bringing salvation and blessing during one of the darkest periods in history. 32 Come, let’s make our father drunk with wine so we can have sexual relations with him and preserve our family line through our father.” 33 So that night they made their father drunk with wine, and the older daughter came and had sexual relations with her father. The final chapters of the Book of Judges are certainly “the worst of times,” and yet the Book of Ruth describes the “best of times.” This suggests to me that godly character is not only evident in the good times, but even more dramatically in the bad times. They would be (or so it may have seemed to Naomi) a liability to her when she returned. Ruth has an uncanny grasp of Israel’s religion and has chosen to embrace it as her own. How could Naomi encourage Ruth (and, by inference, Orpah) to return to their god(s), when doing so would condemn them eternally? Some years ago I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely Christian in a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. 12 Go back home, my daughters! In Naomi’s mind, it probably was in their best interest, but it also appeared to benefit her. In the midst of her affliction and hopeless despair, God is at work preparing for the gracious things He is about to reveal to her – and to the reader. Naomi’s sons then die as well. Naomi doesn’t mention that these women would likely not find an Israelite husband. 1. (9) What we know (and Naomi does not) is that God is about to do a wonderful thing for her, solely on the basis of His grace. That is precisely what Naomi did with Orpah and Ruth. 10 But they said to her, “No! 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