From Empty to Full: An Overview of the Book of Ruth
From Empty to Full. A Walk through the Book of Ruth.
What sort of things make you feel empty & Hopeless?
Naomi Returns Empty
Ruth Refuses to Leave
When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”
Naomi’s Bitter Speech (1:20–21)
“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara [“Bitter”],
A because the Almighty [Shaddai] has made my life very bitter.
B I went away full, but the LORD [Yahweh] has brought me back empty.
Why call me Naomi?
B′ The LORD [Yahweh] has afflicted me;
A′ the Almighty [Shaddai] has brought misfortune upon me.”
So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.
Ruth Provides for Naomi
Boaz Provides for Ruth
Doing ḥesed. Few of us will be in fields harvesting the edges, and few of us will find foreign widows gleaning in our fields. Thus few of us will have an opportunity to do ḥesed in an exactly similar manner as in Ruth 2. However, the ways in which we can manifest ḥesed are all around us: at home, at work, in church, to name just a few. The ḥesed that Ruth and Boaz do is a reflection of the type of ḥesed God does. It is through the doing of ḥesed that people will know that we are Christ’s disciples, if we do ḥesed one to another (cf. John 13:35).