6 While Naomi was in Moab, she heard that the Lord had helped his people. He had begun to provide food for them again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to go from Moab back to her home. 7 She left the place where she had been living. Her two daughters-in-law went with her. They started out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah. 8 Naomi spoke to her two daughters-in-law. “Both of you go back,” she said. “Each of you go to your own mother’s home. You were kind to your husbands, who have died. You have also been kind to me. So may the Lord be just as kind to you. 9 May he help each of you find a secure place in the home of another husband. May he give you peace and rest.” Then she kissed them good-by. They broke down and sobbed loudly. 10 They said to her, “We’ll go back to your people with you.” 11 But Naomi said, “Go home, my daughters. Why would you want to come with me? Am I going to have any more sons who could become your husbands? 12 “Go home, my daughters. I’m too old to have another husband. Suppose I thought there was still some hope for me. Suppose I got married to a man tonight. And later I had sons by him. 13 Would you wait until they grew up? Would you stay single until you could get married to them? No, my daughters. My life is more bitter than yours. The Lord’s powerful hand has been against me!” 14 When they heard that, they broke down and sobbed again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by. But Ruth held on to her.
After the death of husband and two sons, Naomi decided to return back to Bethlehem where they were came from about ten years ago.
One of the reasons to have Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem was what she heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them which was the reason pushed they moved from Bethlehem to Moab.
Now, while she set out on the road with her two daughters-in-law, she said to them “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me…….”. But these two daughters-in-law were crying aloud and said no, they wanted to go back with Naomi to her people. Naomi did not agree and insisted they had to go because she could not make them to have husbands again (according to Hebrews custom). Then, Orpah kissed-and-good-by, but Ruth would not be parted from Naomi.
Imagine what a tragedy of this. An old woman and two young women/lady were crying there for separating as they lose 3 family members (husbands).
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I move/escape from the difficult circumstance without asking God’s direction?
- Do I keeping listing/caring about what God has done to my home town?
- Will I pray the Lord show the kindness to people who are leaving for any reason?
Dear Lord, thank you for your love and mercy—you always care about your people and never leave me alone. Because “man’s extremity but god’s opportunity” is always true. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu