Chapter Four - Desire Of Your Heart

took wives from the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They dwelt there about ten years; And Mahlon and Chilion died also, both of them, so the woman was bereft of the two sons and her husband. Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in Moab how the Lord had visited His people in giving them food.” (Ruth 1:1-6)

As hungry as she was, given the choice between staying in her own homeland, this woman would prefer to become a stranger in a foreign land in her search for food. Ruth would rather die than be without the God she saw in Naomi. “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 me from you.” (Ruth 1:17) For the bread God was ultimately calling them to was the Bread of Life. Ruth would become the great grandmother of David, the lineage of Jesus.

They had the hallmark of a strong friendship. On the same side in a struggle for survival from starvation, they supported and sympathized with each other. Naomi told Ruth, “May the Lord deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.” (Ruth 1:8)

It was the right fit. “Ruth clung to her.” (Ruth 1:14) They complemented each other and set good ground rules. Without men to protect them and where women were considered chattel, they all knew the road ahead was rough. “Go; return each of you to her mother’s house… The Lord grant that you may find a home and rest, each in the house of her husband! Then she kissed them and they wept aloud. And they said to her, No, we will return with you to your people. But Naomi said, Turn back, my daughters…” (Ruth 1:8-11) As if they were her own she called them both her daughters. As widows Naomi had nothing left to offer but the chance for a new life by letting go and encouraging them to re-marry and start over again with a new life. Orpah finally chose to return, but Ruth stayed with Naomi understanding Naomi had

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