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Bible Passage Ruth 1: 1-9, 4:11-17
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books Matthew, Ruth.

Your God, My God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 1, 2023

(Monday, May 1, 2023)

1 Now there came a time of famine while judges were ruling in the land of Israel. A man from Bethlehem of Judah, his wife, and his two sons left to live in the country of Moab.

2 The man’s name was Elimelech, his wife’s name was Naomi, and their two sons were named Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah. They journeyed to the country of Moab and lived there for some time.

3 Then Naomi’s husband Elimelech died, and she was left with her two sons.

4 Each of her sons married Moabite women: one named Orpah and the other named Ruth. After they lived there about ten years,

5 both Mahlon and Chilion died, leaving Naomi alone with neither her husband nor her two sons.

6 She and her daughters-in-law prepared to return from the country of Moab, because she had heard while living there how the LORD had come to the aid of his people, giving them relief.

7 So she left the place where she had been, along with her two daughters-in-law, and they traveled along the return road to the land of Judah.

8 But along the way, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law, “Each of you go back home. Return to your mother’s house. May the LORD show his gracious love to you, as you have shown me and our loved ones who have died.

9 May the LORD grant each of you security in your new husbands’ households.” Then she kissed them good-bye, and they cried loudly.

11 Then all of the assembled people, including the elders who were there, said, “We are witnesses! May the LORD make this woman who enters your house like Rachel and Leah, who together established the house of Israel. May you prosper in Ephrathah, and may you excel in Bethlehem!

12 Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore for Judah, from the offspring that the LORD gives you from this young woman.”

13 So Boaz took Ruth to be his wife, and when he had marital relations with her, the LORD made her conceive, and she bore a son.

14 Then the women of Bethlehem told Naomi, “May the LORD be blessed, who has not left you today without a related redeemer. May his name become famous throughout Israel!

15 And he will restore your life for you and will support you in your old age, because your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who has borne him, is better for you than seven sons!”

16 Naomi took care of the child, taking him to her breast and becoming his nurse.

17 So her women neighbors gave the child a nickname, which is “Naomi has a son!” They named him Obed. He became the father of Jesse, who was the father of David.

The story of Ruth belongs to the period of the judges and provides a refreshing contrast with the low religious and moral condition of Israel pictured in Judges. It shows that simple trust in God and loving thought for others still existed in Israel. Here and there throughout the nation were people who tried to live their lives humbly and righteously before God. The story also shows that God was graciously caring for such people and was guiding everyday events for their good, and ultimately for the good of the nation.

When a severe famine struck Israel, Elimelech took his wife Naomi and their two sons across the Jordan and south to the land of Moab, in the hope of finding a living there. But Elimelech died, and within ten years his two sons, who had married Moabite wives, died also (Ruth 1:1-5).

Naomi saw no future for herself in Moab, so, upon hearing that the famine in Israel had passed, she decided to return home. Her daughters-in-law (Orpar and Ruth) loved her and decided to go with her to ease her burden.

Naomi made it clear that they should feel no obligation to go with her. They were free to remain with their own people and begin new lives by remarrying and having families of their own. But Ruth was determined to go on to Israel with Naomi, trusting in Naomi’s God, whatever the cost.

Back in Israel, Ruth was married to Boaz. This gave Boaz a chance to keep alive the family name of Elimelech (and Mahlon), to hold on to their family property, and to marry the woman he loved. The witnesses and onlookers at the ceremony blessed Boaz and Ruth with the wish that God would make them as fruitful and prosperous as Israel’s ancestors.
The child born to Boaz and Ruth meant a lot to Naomi, but what most enriched her life was the love and care of her daughter-in-law Ruth.

History shows that the onlookers’ good wishes for Boaz and Ruth’s child were fulfilled in a greater way than they could possibly have expected. The child not merely carried on the name of Naomi’s husband and son, but he became the grandfather of King David and an ancestor of Jesus the Messiah (Ruth 4:16-22; compare Matt 1:1,5 ).


🔷 Unity of purpose for good reasons will always bring honor to God

🔷 Christianity transcends beyond race and gender

🔷 Marriage must unite families and bring them together

💥 Pray that God will change your shame to honour
💥 Pray that you shall remain faithful to God

In-laws are not expected to fight their children’s spouses so the spouses can equally return love, respect, and care for them. God plans to use anyone who avails him/herself to achieve His mission.

In series Bright Morning Reflections