Ruth 1:16 (KJV)
And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:
Ruth and Orpah appear to have both been very nice young ladies. I’ve come to believe Elimech was of better character than he is usually given credit and it seems to me that one of the evidences of that is the character of the girls his sons chose as wives.
That being said, Ruth stands out, and I believe that is the intention of the account as of exceptional quality.
Consider the many temptations to return to her old life
- Her husband had died
- Her mother-in-law had decided to go to BethlehemJudah
- Naomi urged them to go back
- Naomi explained to them the price of remaining
- Orpah did turn back
- Naomi used Orpah as reason for Ruth to do the same
Still, Ruth begged her mother-in-law to allow her to follow after her.
Ruth clave to Naomi and became the blood from which our Saviour came forth.
Our world has many good people. Goodness is not the same as godliness. Ruth embraced not only Naomi but:
- Naomi’s home
- Naomi’s family
- Naomi’s culture
- Naomi’s God and
- Naomi’s eternity
Ultimately, she gave the world
- Naomi’s Messiah
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