14 And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. 15 “Look,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.” 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more. 19 So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. “Is it really Naomi?” the women asked. 20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara,[fn] for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. 21 I went away full, but the LORD has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the LORD has caused me to suffer[fn] and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?” 22 So Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Ruth, the young Moabite woman. They arrived in Bethlehem in late spring, at the beginning of the barley harvest. – Ruth 1:14-22 (NLT)
- What did the two Moabite women do, after kissing their mother-in-law good bye? (v.14)
- What did Naomi say to Ruth when she clung to her? (v.15)
- What was Ruth’s response? (v.16-17)
- How did Naomi respond to Ruth’s determination to go with her? (v.18)
- What happened after the two women arrived in Bethlehem? (v.19-22)Application Questions
- Have you, or anyone else you know, been bitter as a result of the circumstances of your lives?
- If so, how was the situation resolved?
- The Lord allows trials in our lives to grow our faith in Him.
- We must trust in the God’s goodness, no matter how dire our circumstances.
- We can trust God to cause “all things to work together for our good” and His glory!