Ruth 1:8-19

8 “So she set out from [the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law], and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where 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. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. 19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.”

 

Ruth experienced a love than binds and a love that transforms.

 

Why does Naomi not want her daughters-in-law to follow her to Judea? Israel just repented from sin; will their men take Moabite women as wives?

 

Does fifty miles really make a difference? Moselfränkisch v. Saarländisch

 

Phil 3:3–11, “worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church (i.e., sin: lying, throwing people into jail, and murdering Christians); as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him (i.e., salvation: faith in Christ’s work alone), not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”

 

Phil 3:13–14, “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

Ruth 1:7, “So she (Naomi) set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.”

 

Ruth 1:8–10, “But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.”

 

The sadness of loss and separation is overshadowed by love and devotion

 

Ruth 1:11–14a, “But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14a Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law…”

 

“Logic dictates that the women ought to go back to maximally increase their odds to live long and prosper.”

 

Placing faith in our logic and emotion discounts our sin nature and that God’s perfect logic is inaccessible to us

 

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).”

 

“unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).”

 

Ruth experienced love that transforms

 

“Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 And she said, ‘See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.’ 16 But Ruth said, ‘Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where 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. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.’ 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.”

 

First, God’s love is seen in Ruth’s actions

 

Ruth was the better “Hebrew" than Elimelech because she placed her faith in God rather than take matters into her own hands!

 

Second, God’s love is seen in what has already taken place.

 

Heb. “kindly” = hesed

 

Paul Miller, “Hesed is a one-way love. Love without an exit strategy. When you love with hesed love, you bind yourself to the object of your love, no matter what the response is. Hesed is a stubborn love”

 

Exo 15:13, “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.”

 

Third, God’s love is seen in his hesed that transforms.

 

Have you been transformed by God’s hesed love?