THE REDEEMER part 1 – The Lord Your God Remembers You (Ruth 1:1-7) – James Lusk
Part 1: The Lord Your God Remembers You… (Remember the Lord Your God)
The book of Ruth is a narrative story in the Old Testament. Narratives, like any genre, require their own set of interpretive tools. The book of Ruth speaks to us in very specific detail about the Heart of the Lord. Every line is filled with compact theology that helps to paint a vivid picture of the Lords intention.
In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. 7 With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.
The first 7 verses of Ruth set the stage for all that is to come giving a detailed backstory packed with information. Naomi, along with her family, in a act of disobedience left the promise land in a time of famine and married native women something that was expressly forbidden in the Law of Moses. Ruth then losses not only her husband but both of her sons, putting her in a very venerable place. Then, when the Israelites began to again see the favor of the Lord; Naomi decided to return.
Suggested Discussion Questions
What can be inferred by Naomi’s originally act of moving to Moab? What does this say of Naomi’s character?
What state was Naomi’s heart in when she, along with her daughter in laws returned to the land of her people?