Prepare for Marriage with the Book of Ruth.
How did Ruth go from devastating loss and heartbreak to the unforgettable and irresistible bride of Boaz?
This love story from The Book of Ruth is loaded with crucial ancient biblical wisdom that every modern Christian woman can be inspired and guided by.
Especially if you’re single and looking to get married.
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Before I got married, I struggled to attract the right kind of man. My relationships were formed around immediate gratification and littered with self sabotage, manipulations and crazy drama of every kind.
The saddest part, I didn’t even know that there was another way.
This was normal. It’s what I saw all around me. And I honestly believed that despite all the chaos and pain, that everything was fine.
Only after I accepted Jesus, and began the process of working out my salvation did I realized how corrupt my life had been.
And, when I started seriously considering the idea of getting married, a wise woman directed me to the book of Ruth. Today, that’s where I’m leading you.
Let’s examine how Ruth, this ordinary unimpressive widow, won the heart of Boaz and claimed her place in the Bible as a
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The Book Of Ruth
The biggest challenge we face in any relationship is understanding when to commit and when to let go.
When do you jump in with both feet and say no matter what, I’m with you. And how do you know if a relationship is toxic and it’s time to move on.
In Chapter 1 of The Book of Ruth, 3 women have to make this important choice. They have a lot in common. All three are widows, they have all been through numerous disasters, and they all want a second chance at life.
I love the book of Ruth, because the women in the story are so raw and real. These ladies are not young naive virgins who are blissfully optimistic because they’ve never had a problem.
On the contrary, they have known and lost love. They’ve had their dreams crushed, they have been outcasts and have felt the sting of rejection, and yet they still have a sense of hope.
Naomi left everything
The story starts with Naomi and her husband Elimelech leaving Bethlehem due to a sever famine in the land.
“Now it came to pass, in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem, Judah, went to ]dwell in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2The name of the man was Elimelech, the name of his wife was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion—Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to the country of Moab and remained there.”Ruth 1: 1-2
Here’s the thing; the name Bethlehem means “House of Bread”.
The reason that matters is that sometimes we make decisions based on what we see instead of Biblical truth from God. The word Ephrathites means “Fruitful”, but they didn’t feel fruitful and so they left.
This family was destined to be fruitful and live in abundance, but since they couldn’t see it, they got scared and walked away from the provisions God had planned for them. They thought the had nothing and so they packed up and headed to Moab.
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Now, Moab is an interesting place.
The citizens of Moab are the descendants of Lot and his incestuous relationship with his eldest daughter (The one who thought it was a good idea for her and her sister to get their dad drunk and get pregnant by him).
Everything in Moab is a little bit off.
They try to be like the children of Israel but without God. So they sacrifice their children like Abraham and Issac but, to other gods.
In fact, even the name Moab, roughly translated, means: Who’s your Father. Hinting back to that corrupt beginning.
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Now, Naomi realizes the deadly mistake at the end upon return to Bethlehem.
“But she said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for theRuth 1: 20-21
Almightyhas dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty.”
But in that tragic mistake God chooses to do a beautiful and merciful mystery. He takes Ruth, a woman damned by circumstances outside of her control and brings her into the direct linage of The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Book Of Ruth
Ruth, A Childless Widow
Ruth, whose name means friend, is the widow of Naomi’s eldest son
She could go back to her mother’s house and hope for the best…
…Or, she could fulfill her commitment to her marriage by staying with her mother in law, Naomi.
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Naomi & Ruth
Eventually, after losing everything, Naomi comes to her senses.
She remembers that she is a child of God. And, she has heard rumors that there’s food in Bethlehem once more.
Since there’s nothing left for her in Moab except painful memories, she packs up to go home. And her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah plan to go with her.
Ruth 1: 7
Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.
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The Road Home
On the road, Naomi pushes the girls away.
Sometimes when we are hurt, we push away those we need most. And we justify it using common sense.
And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”Ruth 1: 8-9
Look at this; Naomi is praying that they will go back to Moab and find peace and love with someone new. But, at the same time, she is identifying that they will get that in the house of her husband.
That sounds nice, But her husband’s house is back in BETHLEHEM!
And she is encouraging them to give that up because she has lost hope of them being able to find husbands.
Here’s the problem; Naomi believes that she is the one who is going to have to provide the solution.
Ruth 1: 11-13
Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, would you wait for them till they were grown?
Don’t make this mistake.
Hope isn’t found in ourselves, it’s found in God alone.
So, Orpah, whose name means neck and symbolizes beauty, listens to Naomi and decides that she’s right. Orpah focuses on the vanities of life and realizes that she will probably have better luck and a better life if she stays in Moab. And so after some tears and a heartbreaking kiss good-bye, Orpah goes home.
The Bible never tells us what happened to Orpah after that. But guess what, if you read ahead, you find out there were TWO KINSMEN REDEEMERS.
[Boaz to Ruth] “Now it is true that I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.”Ruth 3:12
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But the voice of fear and so called “reason” kept her from enjoying the blessings of Jehovah.
The Book of Ruth:
Ruth 1: 16-17
“Entreat me not to leave you,
Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go;
And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.”
Ruth won’t leave.
Something about the way Naomi her family use to talk about Bethlehem and their God, Jehovah, has gripped her heart.
She decides that it is better to be without a husband in the promised land, then married in the world of Moab. She overcomes all of Naomi’s rejections with that beautiful statement of faithfulness and commitment.
And in that declaration, she prophecies her own future.
“Your people shall be my people”. If there is a husband to be had, she will find him in Bethlehem among Naomi’s people.
And, that’s exactly what she does.
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