Ruth 1:19-22

Ruth 1:19-22

[19] So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” [20] She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. [21] I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”
[22] So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest. (ESV)

 “stirred” - “to hum, groan, be agitated, panic, be in an uproar, make a noise.”

“Is this Naomi?”

Naomi had left Bethlehem as “the pleasant one,” a strong woman in her prime, but she has returned as a worn and destitute old woman.

 

[20] She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. [21] I went away full, and the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the LORD has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

 

Mara – “bitter”

 

“Everyone has pain, but God gives pain a purpose.”

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“Those who are consciously living a life of disobedience to God are not typically eager to defend and explain their faith to others! Yet isn’t it striking (and encouraging to us all) that even though at that moment she wasn’t looking out for Ruth’s spiritual interest, or even looking for God herself, Nonetheless God was still able to use her, in spite of her attitude, as a means to draw Ruth to himself? Fortunately, God’s mission to rescue sinners is not limited by our flaws, failings, and foibles! God will call to himself those whom he chooses, sometimes through the most bizarre messengers and unlikely combinations of circumstances. It is his work from beginning to end.”

 

Ruth is almost forgotten in verses 19–21 as Naomi’s bitter outburst “overwhelms and overshadows the eloquent pledge of commitment to Naomi by Ruth”

 

“God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”

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OUR FAILURES DON’T HAVE TO BE THE END OF OUR STORIES

 

“If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable. Think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us” Rom 8:18