Ruth & Naomi: A Story of Redemption

ruth & naomi

The stories of several people in the Bible are woven together so closely that they are almost inseparable. We know more about their relationship than we know about them as individuals. And in an age that worships individualism, their stories become helpful models of good relationships. Ruth & Naomi are beautiful examples of this blending of lives. Their cultures, family, backgrounds, and the ages were very different. As a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, they probably had as many opportunities for tension as for tenderness. And yet they were bound to each other.

They shared a deep sorrow, great affection for each other, and an overriding commitment to the God of Israel. And yet as much as they depended on each other, they also gave each other freedom in their commitment to one another. Naomi was willing to let Ruth return to her family. Ruth was willing to leave her homeland to go to Israel. Naomi even helped arrange Ruth’s marriage to Boaz although it would change their relationship.

God was at the center of their intimate communication. Ruth came to know the God of Israel through Naomi. The older woman allowed Ruth to see, hear, and feel all the joy and anguish of her relationship to God. How often do you feel that your thoughts and questions about God should be left out of a close relationship? How often do you share your unedited thoughts about God with your spouse and friends? Sharing openly about our relationship with God can bring depth and intimacy to our relationships with others.

Strength and Accomplishments

  • A relationship where the greatest bond was faith in God
  • A relationship of strong mutual commitment
  • A relationship in which each person tried to do what was best for the other

Lesson From Their Lives

  • God’s living presence in a relationship overcomes differences that might otherwise create division and disharmony

Vital Statistics for Ruth & Naomi

  • Where: Moab, Bethlehem
  • Occupation: Wives, widows
  • Relatives: Elimelech, Mahlon, Kilion, Orpah, Boaz

Key Verses for Ruth & Naomi

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 will be my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me’” (Ruth 1:16, 17)

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Their story is told in the book of Ruth, Ruth is also mentioned in Matthew 1:5.

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