Words of Life With Pastor Barry Fraser Print E-mail
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Written by By Barry Fraser   
Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

This week, we look at a special mother: Naomi, the mother-in-law who shared her faith.

Naomi and her family fled to the country of Moab because of a famine in their land. Her husband died, and her two sons married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. After 10 years both of Naomi’s sons passed away, and Naomi heard that the Lord Yahweh had blessed the land of her people with food again. She told her daughters-in-law that they could return home to find new husbands. Although they both wept at her leaving, one refused to leave Naomi’s side.

Orpah returned to her people and her gods, but Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord Yahweh deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

Ruth was already learning from Naomi’s faith even during a time of bitterness. Naomi continued to watch out for Ruth and instruct her wisely in her dealings with Boaz, who became her kinsman redeemer. The Lord God blessed Naomi, and she gained a son when Boaz married Ruth.

Ruth and Boaz had a child, and the women of the land said to Naomi, “Praise be to the Lord Yahweh, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

The child was named Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David who would be king. - Ruth 4:17

Read the book of Ruth in the Old Testament. Use a Study Bible, or Life Application Bible if possible. It is a story of God’s love, shining through Naomi, an example of a mother of faith.

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