Naomi’s Family in Moab
1 During the time[a] of the judges, there was a famine in the land. A man left Bethlehem[b] in Judah with his wife and two sons to stay in the territory of Moab for a while. 2 The man’s name was Elimelech,[c] and his wife’s name was Naomi.[d] The names of his two sons were Mahlon[e] and Chilion.[f] They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They entered the fields of Moab and settled there. 3 Naomi’s husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 Her sons took Moabite women as their wives: one was named Orpah and the second was named Ruth. After they lived in Moab about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two children and without her husband.
Ruth’s Loyalty to Naomi
6 She and her daughters-in-law set out to return from the territory of Moab, because she had heard in Moab that the Lord had paid attention to his people’s need by providing them food. 7 She left the place where she had been living, accompanied by her two daughters-in-law, and traveled along the road leading back to the land of Judah.
8 Naomi said to them, “Each of you go back to your mother’s home. May the Lord show kindness to you as you have shown to the dead and to me. 9 May the Lord grant each of you rest in the house of a new husband.” She kissed them, and they wept loudly.
10 They said to her, “We insist on returning with you to your people.”
11 But Naomi replied, “Return home, my daughters. Why do you want to go with me? Am I able to have any more sons who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters. Go on, for I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me to have a husband tonight and to bear sons, 13 would you be willing to wait for them to grow up? Would you restrain yourselves from remarrying?[g]No, my daughters, my life is much too bitter for you to share,[h] because the Lord’s hand has turned against me.” 14 Again they wept loudly, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 Naomi said, “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods.Follow your sister-in-law.”
16 But Ruth replied:
Don’t plead with me to abandon you
or to return and not follow you.
For wherever you go, I will go,
and wherever you live, I will live;
your people will be my people,
and your God will be my God.
17 Where you die, I will die,
and there I will be buried.
May the Lord punish me,[i]
and do so severely,
if anything but death separates you and me.
18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped talking to her.
19 The two of them traveled until they came to Bethlehem. When they entered Bethlehem, the whole town was excited about their arrival[j] and the local women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”
20 “Don’t call me Naomi. Call me Mara,”[k] she answered, “for the Almighty has made me very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has opposed[l] me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
22 So Naomi came back from the territory of Moab with her daughter-in-law Ruth the Moabitess. They arrived in Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
A Glimmer of Hope
This is absolute in insanity
This is beating any scene from a soap opera that you have ever seen.
Takes place during Judges.
They left the “city of bread” to find bread. (Leaving Bethlehem)
Instead of crying for Gods mercy, they decided to leave.
They looked for provision from the hand of man, instead of the hand of God.
We see there are consequences to sin.
Naomi loses everything both her sons and her husband.
God loves you even in the mist of the struggle.
God uses difficult times to point us back to God.
If God is a God of love the best thing He can give you is himself.
We live in a fallen world that is plagued by sin.
Our world is broken.
In the background of this sin, we find hope, we find a king who is calling us back to him.
Our world is in Chaos.
2nd Corinthians 1:3
There will be a day when there is no more brokenness.
Naomi went back to the God who provided the bread.
When things get bad, look to Jesus.
In the midst of her brokenness she hears God has provided for Israel.
In the midst of the struggle God provides people to show us His love and compassion.
Thankful that God has provided us the church to comfort and love us.
Be people that love each other unconditionally.
This is not a place where we have to put on fake plastic faces, when we are dying inside.
Recognize the almighty hand of God.
Through the background of this brokenness, and through this situation he used a pagan women to bring Jesus. See Jesus’s family line in Matthew.