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Ruth and Naomi – Faithful Moabite

Bible Study Lessons — Ruth 1:1-27

Ruth and NaomiDespair. That’s what Naomi must have felt with no husband and no visible means of support.

As we start this new Bible study from the Book of Ruth, we’ll have sympathy, and later undeniable respect for this strong woman named Ruth, the Moabite. She faithfully followed Naomi into the land of Israel, to become great grandmother of a king – in more ways than one.

Let’s get started with the loyalty of Ruth to Naomi.

Ruth and Naomi – A Story of Faithfulness

And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge.

Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”

When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.  – Ruth 1:14-18 NASB

Ruth the Moabite – Worshiper of God

The story of Ruth and her faith is something the people of Israel didn’t understand. They thought of themselves as the only worshipers of God.

But, as we see here, Ruth the Moabite worshiped the God of Abraham too. God accepted her worship just as He did the Jewish people.

As Christians, we have the privilege of talking to God through Christ. When Jesus died and arose from the cross He broke down all barriers so that anyone could receive salvation.

Grandmother Ruth

Another result of Ruth’s faithfulness is that she was blessed by God through her heirs. She was a great grandmother of none other than David.

And we know that through the line of David came the Savior of the world.

We will learn more about this strong woman from the Bible in future study. For now, this is a good way to begin the Book of Ruth.

I look forward to seeing how this story unfolds.

Love in Christ

– Bob

Find how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment and go to John 3:16 for more information.

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