“Trending now” is a popular saying.
Googling it resulted in about 945,000,000 results!
Are there that many topics trending?
Sadly “Godly topics trending now” resulted in only 5,410,000 hits.
Number 4 was the Facebook page for “Godly Woman Daily”. How cool is that? I had never seen this page before, but there are 697,883 people that like it with 1,196,922 talking about it…make that 1,196,923+ now.
How do you define a Godly Woman?
We have many examples in the Bible.
Mary Mother of Jesus
Over the next several posts we will look at some of these women and what we can learn from them.
Overview of the Book of Ruth
- Famine in Israel
- Hebrew family moves to Moab
- Hebrew family – Elimelech and his wife Naomi
- Family’s sons, Mahlon and Chilion
- Sons marry women from Moab
- Ten years later, all three women are widows
- Widows – Naomi, Orpah, Ruth
After Naomi’s husband died, she determined she was returning to her homeland, Israel, to the town of Bethlehem since the famine had ended. As they set out on the road, Naomi told them to return to their mothers’ homes. Tearfully Orpah said goodbye and left; however, Naomi clung to her beloved mother-in-law and refused to leave her.
Ruth showed she was dependable and faithful.
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16b NIV)
The barley harvest was in progress when they arrived in Moab. Ruth gleaned wheat from Boaz’s land. Gleaning (also called scrounging) was the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest.
Ruth was a hard worker.
Boaz found favor with Ruth…he heard how Ruth had cared for Naomi.
Hebrew law allowed Ruth to demand that a near relative of her late husband take her for his wife. Ruth discovered that Boaz was related to her husband. Soon she asked him to be the kinsman-redeemer for both women.
Boaz wanted to take responsibility for both women, but he needed to first negotiate for the privilege with a closer relative who legally could claim her in marriage by buying Naomi’s land.
When the man chose not to buy land or care for the women, Boaz and Ruth were married and became the great-grandparents of King David.
The Book of Ruth exhibits that even though Ruth was not Jewish, those who profess their faith in the God of Israel can become a part of Jewish society.
This is such good news!! Ruth was not an Israelite, but she was in the lineage of Christ. The Book of Ruth shows us that the Messiah would liberate all of humankind, not just the Jews.
Ruth did not turn her back on her duty to Naomi.
Have you met a Ruth? A woman that commits herself to loving obedience to The Lord and her family?
Lord, I pray that each of us pass down to our children the legacy of commitment, godly obedience and a loving devotion to God.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.
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