The Dramatic Book of Ruth

Are you tired of turning on the television, checking 150 stations, and nothing is on?  Can’t wait for the new episodes to get started this fall?  I recommend that you turn the television off and flip your Bible open to the book of Ruth.  It reads better than most dramas.

Ruth is one of only two books in the Bible with a woman’s name; the other being Esther.  Both are in the Old Testament.  Ruth is a story of resilience and selflessness.

Naomi and Elimelech have two sons, Mahlon and Kilion.  After Elimelech died, Naomi was taken care of by her sons and their wives.  Eventually, Mahlon and Kilion die; both childless.  Widows during this time period did not have many rights.  Kilion’s widow returned to her homeland.  Naomi urged Ruth, Mahlon’s widow, to do the same.  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.  Ruth 1:16-17

Naomi and Ruth travel together to Bethlehem, arriving as the barley harvest was beginning.  Naomi’s grief and desolation surfaced as she cried out to the women in Bethlehem,

                  “’Don’t call me Naomi,’ she told them. ‘Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.’”  Ruth 1:20     

Harvest was in full swing.  The Law of Moses was that landowners were to leave what the harvesters missed to allow the poor an opportunity to scrape together some earnings.  Ruth worked as one of the poor that followed the harvesters, gathering the dropped and missed remains of the crop.  As it turned out, Ruth was working in a field of a relative from Elimelech’s family, Boaz.  Keep in mind, this was not exactly a safe place to be as the harvest crew tended to be full of rough men.  However, Boaz kindly looked out for Ruth.

Naomi guided and counseled Ruth about approaching Boaz.  If he were to marry Ruth, as a relative of Ruth’s father-in-law, the land would stay in the family and Naomi and Ruth would not be desolate widows.  (I can’t say I like the way the law read, but it was what it was.)

As the book of Ruth ends, we learn that Ruth and Boaz do marry and have a son named Obed.

                  “The women said to Naomi: ‘Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-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.’”  Ruth 4:14-15

  Naomi has now had her bitterness lifted through Boaz and Ruth’s kindness and generosity.  In fact, it is suggested that possibly Naomi “adopts” Obed.

                  “Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him.  The women living there said, ‘Naomi has a son.’ And they named him Obed.”  Ruth 4:16-17 

I think, possibly, my jaw dropped a couple of times while I read this book of Ruth.  I know that I consulted the study notes that accompanies my Bible several times.  “Movie,” I thought, “this should be a movie!”  So, I consulted Amazon.com.  Sure enough, there is a 1960 movie and a new, 2015 version.  That may be some tv worth viewing. 

My challenge to you is to pick up your Bible and see what your impression of the book of Ruth is!

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