Jan. 1. RUTH—A Love Story
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
As usual each new year, we look forward with hope and optimism. We continue our Bible study appropriately with the love story of Ruth. Join us this first day of 2017 as we look in on a man with his wife, sons and their wives struggling with life.
There were many turbulent times in the lives of God’s people. Within those times however, peaceful events also occurred. The story of Ruth is a perfect example of peace, love and harmony.
During a period of famine, Elimelech moved from Bethlehem, Judah with his wife, Naomi and two sons, Mahlon and Chilion to the land of Moab. He was able to escape the famine, but soon died in that foreign land. Mahlon and Chilion married Moabitish women, Ruth and Orpah. Within about ten years they both had died leaving their wives as young widows.
The famine in Bethlehem had ended. Naomi determined to leave her daughters-in-law and return home. After first refusing to stay, Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye. However, Ruth in a now classic quote replied, “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. 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 you and me.”