In our reading we have just finished reading about the violence and unfaithfulness that existed in Israel during the time of the Judges. In fact, the book ends with the words of Judges 21:25 “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” It was a time of self-centered, sinful indulgence.
And now we come to the short book of Ruth. As we discussed during our Thursday night “walk through the Old Testament” it is as if the Holy Spirit decided that it was time for a “break” and guided the writing of Ruth, a love story worthy of the “Hallmark Channel.” And in the very first chapter we see an example of the attitude we should have towards one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord. Read these words and reflect on your relationship within the Body:
Ruth 1: 15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” 16 But 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. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”