In My Father’s house are many dwelling places (homes). I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2 Amplified).
What is it about the word ‘home' that conjures all manner of emotions? Is it an intense desire to belong—to someone, to a cause? Are we looking for significant purpose, or do we believe life really matters?
When famine came to Bethlehem, Elimelech, Naomi and their two sons moved to Moab. Naomi’s husband died and her two sons married non-Jewish women. After both sons died, three widowed women (Naomi, Ruth, and Orpah) were desperate and struggled to survive.
Naomi decided to go back home and urged her daughters-in-law to stay in Moab where they could find husbands, remarry and bear children. Orpah took her advice, but Ruth made Naomi and Naomi’s God her ‘home.’ She begged, “Don’t force me to leave you; don’t make me go home. Where you go, I go; and where you live, I’ll live…Your God is my god; where you die, I’ll die” (Ruth 1:16-17 Message). With that pledge of commitment, Ruth put their bitter darkness and bleakest days behind them.
Many waters could not quench Ruth’s love (Song of Solomon 8:7).
Ruth’s name is a contraction of ‘reuth’ that means ‘insight into something worth seeing.’ Truly, Ruth saw in Naomi something worth risking her whole life for—a brave and dire undertaking into the unknown. Bound together by a common bond of grief, the two women clung to each other with loving faithfulness and utter devotion.
“From Ruth’s outstanding qualities of unselfishness and loyalty we learn such virtues are the only foundation which true happiness can be built. Without them, abiding friendship is impossible, home ties break and the structure collapses" (All the Women of the Bible, Zondervan, Herbert Lockyer 1960).
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