The book of Judges was disgusting. Horrible. Crazy. The book of Ruth can’t be as bad, right? Let’s find out.
“At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her (Naomi).” – Ruth 1:14
Ruth is the daughter-in-law to Naomi. The verse preceding this one tell the story of Naomi losing her husband and sons, one of who was Ruth’s husband. Naomi wants her two daughters-in-law to return to the Israelites, but Ruth is hesitant.
“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t 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 deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.’” – Ruth 1:16-17
This is very un-Jesus like of Ruth. Granted, this is before the time of the supposed Jesus in the Bible, but Christianity teaches people to love God first, family second. I commend Ruth for choosing family first.
“So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.” – Ruth 1:22
And that concludes the first chapter of Ruth. Not too much to report. This is more background information than anything else. This chapter is FAR better in kindness than any chapter in Judges, that’s for sure!
Coming Soon: Ruth – Chapter 2: Ruth Meets Boaz in the Grain Field