FAITH OF RUTH

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RUTH 1:6**(NIV) WHEN SHE HEARD IN MOAB (NOW JORDAN) THAT THE LORD HAD COME TO THE AID OF HIS PEOPLE BY PROVIDING FOOD FOR THEM, NAOMI AND HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAWS (MOABINITES) PREPARED TO RETURN HOME (JUDAH) FROM THERE.**VERSE 8**THEN NAOMI SAID TO HER TWO DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, "GO BACK, EACH OF YOU, TO YOUR MOTHERíS HOME. MAY THE LORD SHOW KINDNESS TO YOU, AS YOU HAVE SHOWN TO YOUR DEAD AND TO ME"?

RUTH 1:16**(RUT-JNTP)**BUT RUT (RUTH) SAID," DONíT PRESS ME TO LEAVE YOU AND STOP FOLLOWING YOU; FOR WHEREVER YOU GO, I WILL GO; AND WHEREVER YOU STAY, I WILL STAY. YOUR PEOPLE WILL BE MY PEOPLE AND YOUR GOD WILL BE MY GOD. WHERE YOU DIE, I WILL DIE; AND THERE I WILL BE BURIED. MAY ADONAI (GOD) BRING TERRIBLE CURSES ON ME, AND WORSE ONES AS WELL, IF ANYTHING BUT DEATH SEPARATES YOU AND ME."

AFTER THE LOSS OF HER HUSBAND AND TWO SONS IN MOAB, NAOMI DID NOT WISH FURTHER LOSS OR HARDSHIP TO HER REMAINING FAMILY. NAOMIíS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, RUTH, DEMONSTRATES THE TRUTH THAT PARTICIPATION IN THE FAMILY OF GOD ISNíT BASED ON BIRTH OR NATIONALITY, BUT ON FAITH AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD. NAOMIíS OTHER DAUTHTER-IN-LAW RETURNED TO HER MOAB FAMILY TO WORSHIP THEIR GOD.

RUTH 1:22** (NIV) **SO NAOMI RETURNED FROM MOAB ACCOMPANIED BY RUTH THE MOABITESS, HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, ARRIVING IN BETHLEHEM AS THE BARLEY HARVEST WAS BEGINNING. ** RUTH 2:1-2** NOW NAOMI HAD A RELATIVE ON HER HUSBANDíS SIDE, FROM THE CLAN OF ELIMELECH, A MAN OF STANDING, WHOSE NAME WAS BOAZ. AND RUTH THE MOABITESS SAID TO NAOMI "LET ME GO THE FIELDS AND PICK UP LEFTOVER GRAIN BEHIND ANYONE IN WHOSE EYES I FIND FAVOR"

LEVITICUS 19:9-10**WHEN YOU REAP THE HARVEST OF THE LAND, DO NOT REAP TO THE VERY EDGES OF THE FIELD OR GATHER THE GLEANINGS OF YOUR HARVESTÖÖLEAVE THEM FOR THE POOR AND THE ALIEN. I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.

NAOMIíS TRANSFORMATION FROM A WOMAN IN DESPAIR INTO A JOYFUL PERSON THROUGH THE SELFLESS LOYALTY AND KINDNESS OF RUTH AND BOAZ REFLECT THAT GODíS PROVISION OFTEN COMES TO US THROUGH THE GOODNESS AND FAITHFULNESS OF HIS OBEDIENT PEOPLE.

RUTH 3:8-10**IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT SOMETHING STARTLED THE MAN (BOAZ), AND HE TURNED AND DISCOVERED A WOMAN LYING AT HIS FEET. "WHO ARE YOU?" HE ASKED. "I AM YOUR SERVANT RUTH," SHE SAID. "SPREAD THE CORNER OF YOUR GARMENT OVER ME, SINCE YOU ARE A KINSMAN REDEEMER." "THE LORD BLESS YOU, MY DAUGHTER," HE REPLIED. "THIS KINDNESS IS GREATER THAN THAT WHICH YOU SHOWED EARLIER; YOU HAVE NOT RUN AFTER THE YOUNGER MEN, WHETHER RICH OR POOR.

LEVITICUS 25:25**IF ONE OF YOUR COUNTRYMEN BECOMES POOR AND SELLS SOME OF HIS PROPERTY, HIS NEAREST RELATIVE IS TO COME AND REDEEM WHAT HIS COUNTRYMAN HAS SOLD.

RUTH 4:8-10**SO THE KINSMAN-REDEEMER SAID TO BOAZ, "BUY IT YOURSELF." AND HE REMOVED HIS SANDAL (WE NOW SHAKE HANDS TO CONFIRM A CONTRACT). THEN BOAZ ANNOUNCED TO THE ELDERS AND ALL THE PEOPLE, TODAY YOU ARE WITNESSES THAT I HAVE BOUGHT FROM NAOMI ALL THE PROPERTY OF ELIMELECH, KILION AND MAHLON. I HAVE ALSO ACQUIRED RUTH THE MOABITNESS, MAHLONíS WIDOW, AS MY WIFE, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THE NAME OF THE NAME OF THE DEAD WITH HIS PROPERTY, SO THAT HIS NAME WILL NOT DISAPPEAR FROM AMONG HIS FAMILY OR FROM THE TOWN RECORDS. TODAY YOU ARE WITNESSES!" ** VERSE 13**SO BOAZ TOOK RUTH AND SHE BECAME HIS WIFE. THEN HE WENT TO HER, AND THE LORD ENABLED HER TO CONCEIVE, AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO A SON. VERSE16**THEN NAOMI TOOK THE CHILD, LAID HIM IN HER LAP AND CARED FOR HIM. THE WOMEN LIVING THERE SAID, "NAOMI HAS A SON." AND THEY NAMED HIM OBED. HE WAS THE FATHER OF JESSE, THE FATHER OF DAVID. **AND THE LINE OF DAVID BROUGHT FORTH YESHUA, THE MESSIAH CHRIST JESUS, THE SON OF GOD (ADONAI ELOHIM), WHO SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO REDEEM OUR SOULS FROM HELL.