Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Story of Ruth - Part 1

The story of Ruth 1
Elimelek and his wife Naomi had two sons, Mahlon and Kilion, and lived in the town of Bethlehem in Judah. When the area was hit with famine they decided to leave to find food.
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Some time later Elimelek died. The two sons grew up and married local Moabite women, Ruth and Orpah.
The story of Ruth 4
Sadly tragedy struck again. Ten years after the two sons had settled in Moab Mahlon and Kilion both died.It left three widows, Naomi and her two young Moabite daughter-in-laws, Ruth and Orpah.

The story of Ruth 5
When Naomi heard that the Lord had provided food for the people back in Bethlehem she decided to return. The three widows packed up their belongings.
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Naomi then told her two daughter-in-laws, ‘Go back to your own mothers’ homes. May the Lord show you the same kindness you have show to your dead husbands and to me. May God help you find new husbands.’
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Naomi kissed them both goodbye and they wept aloud. ‘We will go back with you to your people,’ they replied. ‘No you must return home,’ Naomi insisted. ‘You can marry again.’ Naomi felt embittered and that God was against her.

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Orpah and Ruth wept again. Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye and returned home to her mother’s house. Ruth however clung hold of Naomi and would not let go.
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‘Orpah has returned to her people and their gods,’ said Naomi. ‘Go back with her.’
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‘Don’t urge me to leave you,’ Ruth replied. ‘Where you go I will go, 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.’

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They arrived back in Bethlehem just as the barley harvest was beginning. Their arrival caused quite a stir. Naomi’s grief and suffering had changed her appearance so much that many did not recognise her. ‘Can this be Naomi?’ people asked.
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‘Don’t call me Naomi,’ she insisted. ‘Call me Mara (which means bitter) because God has made my life bitter. I went away full but the Lord has brought me back empty. The Lord has brought misfortune on me.’

The story of Ruth - part 1
When famine hits Bethlehem, Elimelek and Naomi take their two sons, Mahlon and Kilion to live in Moab. One of the sons marries Ruth, a Moabite.
Ruth 1

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