Ruth 1 Outline
– Ruth clang on to Naomi and refused to go back (Ruth 1:1-22)
Ruth 1 Summary
Elimelech, a man from the Bethlehem, decided to take his family and move to Moab temporarily because their crops had failed. Elimelech had a wife called Naomi and two sons including Mahlon and Chilion. While at Moab, Elimelech died. After the death of Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion married Moabites women. Mahlon married Orpah and Chilion married Ruth. After 10 years, both Mahlon and Chilion also died. They did not have children after marrying the Moabites women. Now, Naomi was left with her two daughters in laws.
Naomi planned to send her two daughters in laws back to their hometowns because she did not want to burden them any longer. At first, Orpah and Ruth refused to go home. After listening to Naomi’s persuasion, Orpah decided to return home. Ruth was stubborn to follow Naomi. She was willing to go where Naomi goes; die where she died; accept Naomi’s people as her own people; and accept Naomi’s God as her God. Ruth called down curses on herself that if she were to part with Naomi, God will punish her.
Naomi stopped asking Ruth to return home after she begged to stay with her. When the people in Bethlehem saw that Naomi has returned, they rejoiced. Naomi told the people to not call her by the name but call her Mara because she felt that her life is bitter. She was bitter because she had everything when she left the city but God had taken away all her possessions when she returned. When Naomi and her daughter in law arrived in Bethlehem, the people were beginning to harvest the barley crops.
Ruth 1 Bible Study
1. Ruth Trusts in God’s Provision
Ruth was loyal to her mother in law even though she had a choice to return home. Ruth was so loyal to her mother in law that she made a commitment to go wherever Naomi goes. Ruth’s serious commitment is exactly what God requires of us. Jesus Christ had already committed himself by dying on the cross while we are still sinners on earth. Therefore, we should look to God when facing a problem. In Psalm 37:5, it says ‘Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass’. When faced with a problem, you should commit your burden to God and let him help you.
2. Seeking God’s Will in All Your Plans
God is an almighty God. He has the power to determine whether your plan will succeed or fail. You should seek God’s help in every part of your plan. God knows the best way to go about a plan and he can make it succeed if you seek his help. It is very important that we commit ourselves to God consistently. If you commit your plan to God, he will surely make it succeed. (Proverbs 16:3) God has a perfect plan for each one of us. He can guide you to fulfill the divine plan if you commit your life to him. When you are in God’s plan, you will find peace and be assured that God is leading you. You should pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit can speak to you and help you to stay in God’s plan.