Ruth 1 Devotional Commentary

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Ruth 1:1

In the period of the Judges, “everyone did what was right in their own eyes'.. and so in a time of spiritual, social, governmental and moral decline in the nation of Israel, a certain man and his family took matters into their own hands and instead of trusting God to protect and guide them through the Nation's deterioration and mounting difficulties.. they went their own way - and moved outside of God's plan for their lives.


Ruth 1:5

The book of Ruth opens with the sad story of Naomi, who lived during the time of the Judges when everyone started to do what was right in their own eyes. Having wandered for 40 years in the wilderness, the nation of Israel crossed the River Jordan into the Promised Land, but time and again God's people did evil in the sight of the Lord, who punished them for their ungodly ways and broken covenant.


Ruth 1:6

Because of the spiritual poverty throughout the land of Israel, God sent a famine to admonish His people... so they would turn to God and call for help. Instead of repenting and returning to the Lord, one man named Elimelech left his home in Bethlehem and took his family in search of a better life in the pagan land of Moab.

Elimelech's death should have prompted his wife Naomi and his two sons to return to the land which God had read more...

Ruth 1:16

Despite the discouraging words of her mother-in-law who was blaming God for her misfortune and wanted to change her name from Naomi (which means pleasant) to Mara (which means bitter), the young widow Ruth, who had experienced the self-same difficult problems and tragic loss, clung fast to Naomi and her people. Ruth remained devoted to the God of Israel in Whom this young Gentile woman had placed her eternal trust.

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Ruth 1:19

Ruth is a story that turns from tragedy and disaster to triumph and delight. Elimelech and his wife, Naomi, chose to leave their homeland, which was ravaged by famine, and settle in foreign parts. They set out on their journey at a time in Israel's history when everyone did what was right in their own eyes, with little consideration for the will of God, and less desire to carry out His plans and purposes.

As the story unfolds, we