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In the previous article, I said for in depth understanding of what I want to share here, there is need to explain what preceded the migration of Naomi and her family to another land. this I have started and will continue with in this article.
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The bible is full of many intriguing and interesting stories, which essentially are compiled for all believers to learn from. Let us see more points on the incident that led to the migration from the book of Ruth.
(iv) The Situation Becomes Unbearable:
It is a known fact that what some people can endure, some people cannot endure. In another word the tensile strength of individuals vary. The family of Elimelech has been enduring the situation of the famine for years, but they have gotten to a stage when their elastic limits have been exceeded and they think if they continued to live in their country, they would continue to suffer which would essentially result in death. Thus, they resolve that they need to migrate out of the country to another.
(v) Country Chosen:
The country they chose to migrate to was called Moab.
“Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
“And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.” (Rth 1:1-2)
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(vi) What Was Neglected:
Since they have been living as they seemly find right before them, ignoring the tenets of the Lord, thus, when they wanted to make the decision of where to go to, they did not put the law of god into consideration.
(vii) Equating Themselves with Others:
This family has equated themselves with some other families within their country who may have migrated to another land before them, and of equating themselves with people from other countries who have come to sojourn in their country when they saw them leaving the country in thousands to avoid the dearth that the country was passing through.
How sometimes we, believers, err like this family, we equate ourselves with unbelievers around and would want to do as they are doing. Because they have done something and escape the full wrath of the Law, we also will think we can do the same and not be punished. But this has not be true for many believers as we have been caught and punished when we do something that is not right which though others have done and escape being judged nor punished.
(viii) What the Law Says:
The law handed to them by Prophet Moses before his demise has stated that they should not form any alliance with people who worshiped other gods. However since they have not been following the laws of God before, they have overlooked this aspect and migrated to the land of Moab. (Deut. 7)
(ix) At the Inception:
When they got to the land of Moab, it is undoubtedly certain that things must have been going on well with them, this is because assuming things were not going on well with them, they would not have stayed longer and would have moved out of the country, perhaps the following year.
(x) Inter-Racial Marriage:
Having discovered that the position of things have changed with them, their children started mingling with the people of the land, and soon enough they found lovers among them whom they got married to.
“And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.” (Rth 1:4)
They again by this has gone against the will of God, marrying those who do not worship Yahweh.
I will continue with the exegesis in the next article.
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