The Gospel of Ruth
Definition of names is vital in understanding the
spiritual lesson found in this incredible book.
Elimelech - God is king
Naomi - beautiful
Mara - bitter
Mahlon - sickly
Chilion - wasting away
Orpah - back of neck, mane
Ruth - companion
Boaz - strength
Obed - a servant who worships
1. RUNNING AWAY FROM GOD - Sinful Lifestyle
Elimelech is a hypocrite, his name means, 'God is king'
but his actions show the opposite, he does not trust God to
help him through the famine so he flees Israel and lives in
Moab, with the enemies of God's people.
Like father like son, his sons become spiritually sick just like
their father and all three die.
2. RETURNING TO GOD - Repent
Naomi being the faithful wife had to follow her husband, leaving the
land and God whom she loves, to stay with her family. She must
be the most incredible mother-in-law in the world because after
the men in her life die, as she leaves to return to Israel, both
daughter-in-laws want to remain by her side, probably because
of her spiritual strength Ro.10:15;
Not wishing for the girls to follow her she sets them free to return,
Orpah (back of neck) turns and stays in Moab. Ruth (companion)
wants to make Naomi's God her God and returns to take care of
Naomi who changed her name to Mara (bitter) for her family has died.
3. REWARDED WITH RELATIONSHIPS
As Ruth gleans the fields and cares for Naomi, Boaz recognizes
Ruth's dedication to Naomi, Boaz gives her protection and blesses
her well with produce of the field. When asked by Ruth to be their
redeemer, Boaz agrees and marries Ruth, buys the land back and
they are blessed by God with a boy Obed.
THE GOSPEL OF RUTH
Boaz represents the Christ like figure, the strength, able to deliver us all.
Naomi represents the Jews, Ruth, the Gentiles, both are united together
in the family of Boaz, as one family, one body. The outcome is Obed,
a servant who worships, Christians!
Get out of your sinful ways, you've been gone from God too long!
Repent before you die and those around perish as well. Come back
to God, He will redeem you and place you in His family, the body of Christ,
through the waters of baptism and your reward will be all the relationships
the church has to offer.
Lk.18:29,30; Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife
or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God who w
ill not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come,
eternal life. (1Jn.5:13)