The book of Ruth takes place during the time of the Judges in Israel. It is a true story about a Jewish woman named Naomi and a Moabite woman named Ruth, great-grandmother of King David. The narrative begins with Naomi, her husband and two sons leaving Israel to go to the land of Moab to avoid a famine. Over the course of time, Naomi’s husband and her two sons die, leaving Naomi and her two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth, widows. In her grief and disappointment, Naomi tries to get Orpah and Ruth to return to their own families, since she believes that there is no future she can offer them. While all three women struggle with the idea of leaving one another, Orpah reluctantly agrees, but Ruth will not hear of it. Ruth vows to take care of her mother-in-law that nothing but death would part them, and together they return to Bethlehem. Ruth stands as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and love for all people, even for the Gentiles during the Old Testament times, and sets an example for us.
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