Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
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 about the incident recorded in the bible.
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(xi) God Was Not Happy with This:
When parents or lovers are not happy with the steps there children (or spouse) want to take there are various ways by which a partner could show this to his spouse that the step she or he is taken he does not like it. It is the same with the Lord, as we could find from this book that the step which the family of Elimelech took God was not pleased with it, and he could not refrain himself from showing his displeasure to the step taken. Some of the things God did to show his unfeigned displeasure were:
(a) Shutting Their Wombs: God shut the wombs of the wives their sons married, to show his displeasure to the step taken by them in going to the land of those who do not believe in Yahweh to sojourn there.
(b) Killing the Man: God did another terrible thing in righteousness and it was killing the head of the family.
“By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:” (Psa_65:5)
One would have thought that God will spare the man and the family after all they must have passed through in their land before the relocation but he did not do that.
(c) Why God Killed the Head of the Family: The reason for God killing the head of the family was not stated, but I perceived that he must have been slain by God because being the head of the family God expects that he knows better, knows what his tenets were and be able to instruct his family in the ways of the Lord, telling them even if he was being pushed by the wife and the children that they need to relocate to another land as others were doing that the commandments of the Lord has not instructed them to do so.
However having failed to put his family through, telling them that they were many in that situation, making them see the will of God, God decidedly decides to punish him, as the head of the family, he allows for death to enter and snatch away the ghead of the family.
“And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.” (Rth 1:3)
We all know that when a town, country, business is progressing, often the people will talk about the leaderships of the company and would not talk about those who wert servants there.
This Jesus also did when the apostles dispersed when he was apprehended, he sought out Peter and talked to him to bring back the other apostles to their feet in the way of the Lord. (John 21)
Today this kind of thing equally happens to us when our families are not doing the right thing before the Lord, it may be the head of the family who would be dealt with by God while he leaves others out for a latter time.
(d) Killing the Children: Perhaps what God wants them to see they did not see, therefore, he has decided to take an additional step which was killing the sons of the woman.
“And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.” (Rth 1:5)
The bible says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Heb. 10:31)
(e) Not So Lucky as Balaam: The family was not so lucky like prophet Balaam that the Lord warns severally and would not kill for transgressing his laws and specific words of instructions.
Therefore it is important that we do not imitate anyone, because we may not be lucky when God is dealing with us for what we have done that he does not like.
(f) Why They Probably Were Not Lucky: They probably were not lucky because much has been committed into their hands as the bible says,
“…. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” (Luk. 12:48)
I shall continue with the exegesis in the next article.
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