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Week 13 Day 1
Naomi thought she was empty
because she had no husband
and no sons
She overlooked the person closest to her, Ruth
and blamed God because she had
nothing left in life
Naomi was so focused on her losses
she could not see
the wonderful treasure
she had in her daughter-in-law.
Ruth bound herself in love and faithfulness
to one empty
with nothing to give
Ruth reflects God's love so clearly
Like Abraham and Sarah,
Ruth went on a journey
to a strange land
One was bitter and empty; the other was full of faith and love.
1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the
land. A certain man of Bethlehem in Judah, went to dwell in the
country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. 2The man
was Elimelech, his wife was Naomi, and his two sons were
Mahlon and Chilion. 3Then Elimelech died, and she was left;
her two sons 4took wives of the women of Moab: the one was Orpah, and the other Ruth. They dwelt there about ten years. 5Then both Mahon and Chilion also died.
7Therefore Naomi 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. 8Naomi 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. 9The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the
house of her husband." So she kissed them, and they wept.
10They said to her, "Surely we will return with you to your
people." 11But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters; why
will you go with me? 12Turn back, my daughters, go--for it
grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the
Lord has gone out against me!"
14Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and
Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
15Naomi said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to
her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
16But Ruth said: "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. 12Where 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." 18She
was determined to go with her.
19When they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was excited because of them; the women said, "Is this Naomi?'' 20But she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?" 22So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess with her. They came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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