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This is a heart wrenching story of grief and committment, of belief and determination. In the end it tells of deliverance and hope. We need to see ourselves in this story and embrace the spirit of the characters involved, for this is our life. Life flows through thick and thin, and Ruth believed it would work out in the end. The words: “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:” are classic, and we need to identify with that spirit.
She lost her husband and found the truth. It meant she would forfeit advantages she took for granted, but what she believed compelled her, and nothing else mattered. It is a heartening story of deliverance, and she became a mother in the line of Messiah. She contrasted with the daughters of Lot (the Moabites), who grasped what they wanted, and lost everything they had.