Jesse Tree - Day 11

Day 11 - Ruth

Bible Ref: Book of Ruth, Ornament: Wedding Rings

Once there was a lady called Naomi, who was married and had two sons. There was a famine where they lived, so because there was no food to eat they decided to move away to another country. Now, the trouble was that the people in this country, Moab, did not love God, and the Israelites weren’t supposed to have anything to do with them.

Soon, Naomi’s husband died so Naomi told her sons to get married. The two wives, Orpah and Ruth didn’t love or worship God. After ten years in Moab, Naomi’s sons died too. Naomi didn’t know what to do. She had no man to take care of her and her daughters in law, so she decided to return to Israel, to the city they had left ten years ago. Naomi had heard that there was no longer a famine there.

On the way back home, she turned to Orpah and Ruth and said to them, “Go back, both of you should go back to your mother’s home, and may God be kind to you”. Orpah kissed Naomi goodbye and went back to her own mother.

But Ruth refused to go.  She loved Naomi and didn’t want to leave her all alone.

She said “Don’t try to make me go back, where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay and your people will be my people and your God will be my God!”

So the two women carried on until they arrived back in Bethlehem, just as the harvest started.

Now, there was living in Bethlehem a relative of Naomi’s husband. His name was Boaz. He was a very good man. Ruth started working in the fields that belonged to Boaz, picking up the left over grain. Boaz noticed Ruth and asked who she was.

When he found out that she was Naomi’s daughter in law, he discovered how kind she had been to Naomi, and how she loved God. He said, “I have been told how kind you have been to Naomi and how you left your father and mother to come and live here. May God be very good to you”.

Boaz soon married Ruth and she had a baby called Obed.  Naomi helped her care for her new baby.

Ruth was the great grandmother of King David, and many years later, Jesus was born into the same family.