Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The root of Ruth's blessing

The Book of Ruth is a short account that chronicles the life of a young woman who’s was struck with a series of misfortunes, and finally blessings. In just a matter of versus, Ruth looses her husband, her father-in-law, and her brother-in -law. The once normal home of Ruth was now a house of laments and widows. 
      Ruth's mother-in-law, Naomi, decided that she would return to Bethlehem where she was originally from. Before making the trip however, she decided to tell Ruth and Orpah (her daughter-in-laws) to go back to their parents home being that their husbands were now dead. Orpah, agreed and kissed Naomi and Ruth goodbye. 
      Ruth, on the other hand felt compelled to cleave to Naomi, and say to her “Wherever you go, I will go with you, and your God will be my God.” Ruth was a Moabite, and the Moabites didn't worship the God of Naomi. In fact, it’s likely that they were entrenched in paganism. Nevertheless, Ruth followed Naomi home, and accepted all the adjustments that would come as a result of it. 
      Ruth's commitment to cleave to her mother-in-law and the God that she 
served eventually paid off. When Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem, Naomi's relative, a man named Boaz, allowed Ruth to work in his fields and collect food for Naomi and herself. Eventually these two grew fond of each other and were married. This happy ending was not the result of romance, but of choices and commitments. Both on the part of Ruth and Boaz. 
 Kisses may be viewed as passionate forms of affection here in the U.S. but not so in the ancient world. It goes without saying, that within the cultural frame work of the Bible, kisses were not as strong as commitments. Stop and consider that even in our day, the vows that are exchanged before a couple kisses are far more important than the kiss itself. Affectionate relationships without commitments will NOT last, and if they do, they are often colored in pain and frustrations.
In spite of popular opinion, it’s normal for people to feel hurt because of the commitments they make. Needless to say, we have nothing to fear when it comes to making commitments. God sees commitments as investments worth fighting for, the key however, is for us to see them in the same light.

Be strong, be committed, and most of all, be blessed!


Carol Connell said...

Great post, Bro. Prado! It reminded me of a tract my husband had me read years ago before we were even married. The main thrust of it was that love is a committment. I remember not wanting to read the tract, because it had in captial letters DIVORCE written across the front of it, but I sure am glad I did. The Lord has brought it back to my memory at times when I needed it. Here is a link to it, if you'd care to see it.


Say hi to your sweet wife for me.

Sis. Connell

The Prados said...

Thank you sister Connell.
The strange thing about your comments is that my post actually touched on the issues of relationships etc. I just took it out for "blogging" sake. I will take a look at the link.
Thank you,
Ari Prado