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Ruth: A Story of Redemption A Study of the Book of Ruth Lesson 1 Ruth 1 Return to Bethlehem January 10 , 2010 . Introduction to Ruth, Lesson 1 “What a witch!” What a breath of fresh air (after Gibeah)! What an encouragement in dark days! The setting: the period of the judges (1:1).

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Ruth: A Story of RedemptionA Study of the Book of RuthLesson 1Ruth 1Return to BethlehemJanuary 10, 2010
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Introduction to Ruth, Lesson 1
    • “What a witch!”
    • What a breath of fresh air (after Gibeah)!
    • What an encouragement in dark days!
    • The setting: the period of the judges (1:1).
    • Israel and the Moabites
      • Their origin (Genesis 19:30-38)
      • Their opposition to Israel (Numbers 22-24)
      • Their seduction of Israelites (Numbers 25:1-9)
      • Forbidden from the assembly (Deuteronomy 23:3-6)
      • Eglon and Moab (Judges 3:15-30)
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The Story Re-told (1:1-22)
    • Sojourn in Moab (1:1-5)
      • The famine and a family’s flight
      • Elimelech’s death
      • Marriage to Moabites
      • Death of two sons
      • Naomi’s “hopeless” plight
    • Return to Bethlehem (1:6-7)
    • Naomi’s appeal – go home (1:8-15)
      • First effort (1:8-10) – both women stay
      • Second effort (1:11-14) – Orpah leaves
      • Final effort and Ruth’s response (1:15-17)
    • Naomi’s acceptance (1:18)
    • The response in Bethlehem (1:19-22)
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Observations
    • There is no clear link to a particular time or events in Judges.
    • There is no statement that any others fled Israel for Moab.
    • Those who stayed in Bethlehem seemed to fare well.
    • Naomi’s sufferings (famine, death, no children) seem to be divine discipline.
    • Moab is not the place of blessing.
    • Ruth’s barrenness was divinely caused, & divinely reversed (4:13).
    • Much emphasis on marriage and family.
    • Naomi’s chances between “slim” and “none.”
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Contrasts
    • Ruth and Orpah
      • Both set out for Bethlehem with Naomi.
      • Both initially refused to heed Naomi’s advice and leave her.
      • Orpah chose the path which seemed in her best interest (marriage and children).
      • Ruth chose the path which seemed against her best interest, in favor of serving Naomi.
    • Ruth and Naomi
      • Verse 9 – God bless you with security through a new (Moabite) husband.

Orpah & Naomi stay.

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There is no way you will be blessed by staying with me, for I cannot produce a husband for you. Since I am cursed, how can you be blessed (vss. 11-13)?

Orpah leaves, Ruth remains.

  • You should do as Orpah did: Return to your people and your gods (vs. 15).
    • I will remain with you.
    • I will become a part of your people.
    • I will trust your God.
    • I am with you till you die.
    • And when I die, I’ll die in Israel, so help me God.
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Conclusion
    • It was the worst of times, the best of times.
    • Hope in earthly things (marriage, family, bread).
    • Doing what is right in your own eyes (appearances) vs. faith.
    • The Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3).
    • Sovereignty gone south – blaming God for our sin and resulting suffering.
    • God is bringing about our salvation when appearances are all to the contrary.
    • Naomi is more a Moabite than Ruth, and Ruth is more an Israelite than Naomi (compare Genesis 19:30-38).
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Copyright © 2010 by Robert L. Deffinbaugh. This is the edited PowerPoint

presentation of Lesson 1 in the series, Ruth: A Story of Redemption,

prepared by Robert L. Deffinbaugh for January 10, 2010. Anyone is at

liberty to use this lesson for educational purposes only, with or without credit.