The book of Ruth displays God’s everlasting love, redemption and grace, His extravagant redeeming power.
by VANESSA WHITE
“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.”Ruth 1:14
READ Ruth 1:11-18
Ruth’s character is one of loyalty and nobility. Ruth is a native of Moab east of Jordan River. The wife of Mahlon, daughter-in-law to Naomi and Elimelech. Her husband Mahlon died before they could have any children.
Ruth is the definition of biblical womanhood; she was committed to her family. Her commitment to her family was noted by others, she provided nourishment and support. She willingly worked with her hands. She gave attention to her appearance v. 3:3-5, inwardly and outwardly. She lived a selfless lifestyle; v.2:11, 3:10, 4:15. She committed herself to Yahweh as GOD.
Ruth was a virtuous woman, selfless, hard-working, and submissive. She was concerned for the needs of others. She received and followed counsel from an older, godly woman. She is known for her noble character and devotion to God.
Ruth Spoke the noblest words, such gracious speech, truly honorable in every way!
But Ruth said:Ruth 1:16-17
“Entreat[a] me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you;
For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me.”
Side note: I love doing word studies because the root has powerful meaning, I love to dig deeper and pray to the LORD with all my heart with a deeper understanding of who He is and how I can live to be His redeemed daughter who makes choices that glorify Him. I’m in desperate need of His grace and sanctification. Meaning, I want to flourish in godliness. Ruth 1:14 says,
And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.”Ruth 1:14 (Emphasis mine)
HEBREW Word study
H1692, dabaq: to cling, cleave, keep close
Original Word: דָּבַק
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (daw-bak’)
Definition: to cling, cleave, clung, keep close, to catch by pursuit, follow hard, follow had after, overtake, fasten its grip, remained steadfast.
Oprah was the leaving widow who chose the easiest path and most convenient.
Ruth was the cleaving widow who chose a new life; she turned away from false gods, and worldly pleasures. She chose the difficult path (narrow-road) of hard-work, the unknown, uncertainties but she found new faith in the God of Naomi, Yahweh of Israel. She was committed to the True God.
Dear Heavenly Father, You are precious in every way, words can’t even explain the vastness of Your love. Please forgive us of all of our sins, teach us how to live for You and in complete surrender to You and Your perfect will. Let us be the women of God that You have called us to be, whole heartily devoted to You, clear our minds and purify our hearts so that we may make clear distinctions on what honors You. Let Your truth LORD, echo in our hearts and minds. Keep us hidden in the shadow of Your winds, where we find shelter, protection and rest. Make us Your precious daughters who honor You with grace-filled lives and display Your nobility, the beauty of the Gospel of our salvation. Jesus Saves.
You are God of my salvation.
Ruth — Women’s Bible Study
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