In some ways, the book of Ruth is an unlikely book. Elimelech, an Israelite, leaves Israel during a famine occurring during the time of the Judges. Of all places he settles his wife, Naomi, and their two sons in the land of Moab. Violating God's Law, Mahlon and Chilion take for themselves Moabite wives. Then tragedy strikes. Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion all die, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land; a Godless land.
She returns to Israel. Orpah, one of her daughters-in-law leaves at Naomi's urging. But Ruth gave an unlikely response, wherever you go, I will go; your people will be my people and your God my God. She must have seen something in Naomi's life, along with her words, to convince her that the Moabite gods were no gods at all.
Join us for this week's lesson from the book of Ruth to see how God's mercy and grace transform the individual into a person He can use for His purposes and glory.
Thank you for listening. May you be blessed through the teaching of God's Word.