God does not ask for our obedience to punish us but to preserve us. He always seeks what is best for those He loves.
The story of Ruth is probably my most favorite story of the bible. It reflects our condition and the work of redemption for us. I have read several historical fictions on the story of Ruth but this account gave me a different insight that Ruth is about feminism. What feminism looks like-it is courage with humility, it is loyalty with humility, and it is centered with thinking of others first with humility.
The biblical account does not share the relationship between Naomi’s family with Boaz family but this account gives a relationship that is respectful and honoring. What brought Naomi’s family to Moab and how she supported her husband even though she did not agree with him. I always appreciate that context was given because it is so important to understand the tension that was so prevalent and why it matters. The first 50% of the account was their time in Moab with the death of her husband and sons then the return to Bethlehem the last 50%.
What is most revealing is how Ruth with her relationship to her mother-in-law Naomi came to know the Lord. How the Lord prepared her heart for something greater and to walk in faith with the unseen.
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