“Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.”
She followed her husband as they went to sojourn in Moab due to the famine in Bethlehem. They fled their home country instead of trusting God to provide.
Just three verses into the Book of Ruth, we see Naomi’s bliss depart with the death of her husband, Elimelech.
“And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.”
Her sons married in that foreign land of Moab, giving her two daughters in law.
Jewish law forbade marriage outside of the nation of Israel.
“And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.”
She dwelt in the land of Moab for at least 10 years.
Though there was plenty to eat, she ended up feeling empty inside.
“And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.”
After her great loss, she decided to return home to Jerusalem after receiving word that the Lord was once again providing bread within the House of Bread.
“Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.”
Naomi serves as an example that even after great pain and sorrow, we arise and return to where God would have us to be.
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