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Friday, July 20, 2012
A Love story
Many of us I’m sure, are familiar with the story of Ruth in the
Bible. This story I believe as many others do, is a message to the
Church today. There is an application in the story that God wants us to
hear and understand. Before I come to the application, I will summarize
There was a man named Elimelech who had a wife named Naomi and two
sons. They left the promised land because a famine had come upon it.
They did not seek the Lord, as many did in the times of the Judges, but
they went out of the land and settled in Moab. As time passed by,
Elimilech died and Naomi was left with her two sons Mahlon and Chilion.
These two sons married Moabite women, named Orpah and Ruth. After
some time both of their husbands died. Naomi was heartbroken about the
loss of her sons. She lost her faith and joy and decided to return to
the promised land.
So the three went out towards Israel, the promised land. But when
they came to a bend in the road, Naomi told her two daughters in law to
stay in the land of Moab and their gods. She said, I have no more sons
to give you, return to your homes. Orpah turned around and went back to
her land and her gods, but Ruth clung to Naomi.
She was not going home and she was determined to go with her Mother
in law into the land of Israel, to the hometown of Naomi which was
Bethlehem, Ephrathah in Judea. So she petitioned Naomi and said some of
the most beautiful words written in the Bible.
“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.” When she saw
that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her.”
Ruth had fallen in love with Naomi and the God of Israel, the God of
Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Both of them set their eyes towards the
promised land and went on their way to Bethlehem.
One day Ruth was gleaning the fields and she met Boaz who was very
kind to her because he had already learned about her and how she was a
good daughter in law to Naomi who was a relative of Boaz. As Ruth was
coming home, Naomi was amazed at how much Ruth had gleaned. She asked
her which field she was gleaning in and she told her that it was the
field of Boaz.Naomi was beside herself and thanked the God of Israel who
had shown favor on her.
Long story, short, Naomi became the match maker and Boaz married
Ruth. They had a child together who’s name was Obed, who was the father
of Jesse, who was the father of the future King of Israel, David.
What can we as the church learn from this story? How is it relevant
for us as believers who believe in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob?
What is the application for us today?
In the ancient Jewish culture the names of people had meanings. The
name Elimilech means “God is King” and Naomi means “pleasant.” Ruth
means “friend or friendly” in the Hebrew and Orpah means “to turn the
back of the neck.”
That is what Orpah did, she turned her back of the neck towards
Naomi and went back to Moab and her gods. Not so with Ruth, she embraced
the Jewish people and the true and living God of Israel and God blessed
her beyond her wildest imagination. She became the great-grandmother of
King David. From the line of King David came Jesus the promised Messiah
i.e Yashuah which means “salvation.”
Just as Orpah turned her back on Israel, so today many of the
churches have turned their backs on Israel. They teach a replacement
theology and that all the blessings and promises that God gave to Israel
are now belonging to the church. At a time that Israel needs us most,
many have turned their backs.
But there are some within the body of Christ that want to bless and
support Israel. The Land of Israel is God’s land. It belongs to Him and
no one else. It is the Land where He gave His only begotten Son and it
is the Land where Jesus will return to rule as King from Jerusalem. It
is the Land where God will reveal His Son to the Jewish people.
Just as Ruth loved the Jewish people, so we as the church need to
love and support them. We need to pray for them and help them to return
to the land given to them so long ago by God through a promise to
God is fulfilling the Abrahamic covenant today and all the
unconditional blessings that come with this covenant. He wants to bring
back His people to the covenant of faith, not of the law. The law was
given to Israel 430 years after Abraham because they had left the faith
and went after other gods and everybody did what was right in their own
The law was a Tudor, showing people that they can never live up to
the righteousness and Holiness of God. Now that God has brought them
back into the land, in unbelief as prophesied in Ezekiel 36 and 37, He
will one day open their eyes and they will see Yashua. The will believe,
just as Abraham believed and it was accounted to him as righteousness.
We as true biblical believers are not sons of Moses and the law, we
are the sons and daughters of Abraham by the grace of God through
We need to bless Israel and the people of Israel and worship the
LORD in spirit and truth. Israel is not out of the picture and God has
not cast them aside. Israel is the apple of His eye. We as the church
have a role to play in these last days. If we want to be blessed by God,
we need to stand with His chosen people.
Ruth chose to go with Naomi to the land and she loved the God of
Israel and He blessed her there. This is what God wanted all along, the
Jew and the Gentiles coming together as one, which was and is part of
the unconditional covenant with Abraham in Genesis chapter 15.
“I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who
curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be
“…just as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
righteousness. Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons
of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying,
“In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of
faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” Galatians 3:6-9.