The Plight of Two Ordinary Women
The Book of Ruth is considered to be one of the "Crown Jewels" of the Old Testament.
Why? Because it encompasses the mystery of the kingdom: Jew-Gentile becoming one.
-The geneology of Jesus Christ
It was written during period of the Judges, one of the darkest times in the history of Israel, where "Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
What starts out to be a story of pain, loss, famine, death, and despair, quickly becomes a story of protection, provision, redemption, and restoration.
The characters portray the depth of loyalty, commitment, respect and servanthood that should mirror the life and walk of every dedicated Christian.
This particular story is also one of the clearest examples in scripture of how important it is to be connected with God's people.
-to develop close Christian friendships
-to be a mentor
-to impart into the lives of those around us
-to live in such a way that people are drawn to come into the kingdom of God
Friends can be very impactful in our lives.
Certain people in our circle of friendship influence our lives greatly.
The picture below is of me parasailing in Hawaii with my very best friend, something my family could never get me to do.
Friends can stretch you.
Here I am again with my friend on a Hobie Cat in Key West.
My friend said she could sail; she could not.
Two and a half hours later, after being stranded at sea; the picture on your right. That is us being towed back onto the beach.
Friends can impact us for good or they can also get us into trouble.
Proverbs 13:20 says this, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."
Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.”
The story of the Book of Ruth describes the plight of two ordinary women, Ruth and Naomi.
Naomi is an ordinary, God-fearing woman. She moved with her husband and two sons from Bethlehem to Moab
because of a famine in the land of Judah, and lived there approximately ten years.
Naomi loses her husband, then loses her two sons, both of whom were married. That left her with Orpah and Ruth: her newly widowed daughters-in-law.
She found herself in unfamiliar and frightening circumstances.
Have you ever been there?
Have you ever experienced great loss in your life?
Perhaps you are suffering from major life changes?.
As the story progresses, Ruth and Naomi develop a tremendous bond and mentoring relationship. It is a model that we can learn from even today...