I'm finding that the women that I seem to feel led to talk about....are the ones who aren't the most "well-known"....but still had such an impact on history. Doesn't that give each of us HOPE that God can use us, too?!?!
This week....let's learn a bit about Naomi!!!
Famine had driven Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and his two sons from their home in Bethlehem to the land of Moab. Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth, who was married to one of her sons. Within a short time, all three men died leaving Naomi and Ruth and Orpah, the other daughter-in-law, widows. Naomi decided to return home to Bethlehem and might be able to get some help. Orpah went back to her own people, but Ruth declared her loyalty and devotion to her mother-in-law and went with her to Bethlehem.
Naomi urged Ruth to gather in the field of Boaz, a kinsman of Naomi.....and before long, Boaz noticed Ruth. He learned about her devotion to her mother-in-law.....and was impressed by all he heard. Eventually, they were married and Ruth gave birth to Obed....the grandfather of King David....
....a descendant of JESUS!!!
(The definition of a "kinsman redeemer" was a male relative who had the privilege or responsibility to act for a relative who was in trouble, danger, or need of vindication.)
Naomi must have been such a special lady to have made such an impression on her daughter-in-law that she would want to stay with her instead of returning to her own family.
Just as Boaz served as a kinsman redeemer of Naomi and Ruth....
....the ULTIMATE REDEEMER is JESUS!!!
I love how everything.....
....points to JESUS!!!
Until next week!!!
In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!