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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 about the incident Elimelech’s family as recorded in the bible.
(xi) Teaching All Lesson:
By what happened, God was teaching all of us lesson, showing the world that as gentle as he is, he is also very terrible in judgment.
It is therefore for this that Naomi when she returns her country says,
“So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?
“And she said unto them, call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.
“I went out full, and the LORD hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the LORD hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?” (Rth 1:19-21)
(xii) The Decision of the Remnant - Naomi:
After all those incidents have happened, the remnant of the family, Naomi, who thought their lives will change by migrating to the land of Moab, decide to return to her country, because there is nothing given her joy and happiness in the country she has migrated to, this she divulged to her daughters in-law who abinitio had been keeping her company, trying their best to bring happiness to her face,
I want to believe that it was on the immediate that she decides to return to her country home that she sets out. She would have thought this over and over within her with her daughters in-law noticing this and asking her what it was the problem with her.
(xiii) Depression Sets in:
After she has lost all, it is very likely that depression (depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.) sets in.
(xiv) Tried to Be There for Her:
During the period of her depression her daughters in law would have tried their best to be there for her. They would have briefed their parents and of people about the condition of their mother in-law and those would have told them that they need to be there for her at that crucial moment in her life. Thence, they have stood by her during those trying moments, as could be noticed that they did not left her alone.
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(xv) She Told Them of Her Decision:
After a while, she decides to tell them what she has decided to do and it was returning to her country.
Her daughters in-law would have persuaded her not to leave for her country that they will do her bidding, they will give her all loyalty, and perhaps as the husband of Hannah has said they may have said similar thing that “were they not more than ten grandchildren unto her?”
“Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?” (1 Sam. 1:8)
Someone that one loves, one would not want the person to leave for anything, and we shall keep on promising heavens on earth for the person even when we cannot do what would make the person happy.
This perhaps was the position of the woman, Naomi, she continues to receive persuasions from her daughters in-law, people of her daughters in-law that she should continue to live with them.
(xvii) She Has Endured for a While:
She would have ruminated this over and over in her heart and has been trying to continue to live with them, changing her decision of leaving for her country home momentarily. It is possible that her mien would have changed on some instances and her daughters in-law would have been happy that their mother in-law has reconsidered her position.
(xviii) She Couldn’t Endure Again:
However despite trying to control and contain herself, she discovers that she cannot hold it any longer thence, she decides to tell them that she has to leave for her country home irrespective of what happens to her at home.
(xix) Final Decision:
After making known this her final decision, her daughters in-law would have been sad. But there is nothing they could do about the decision she has made again. It is when one is still dilly-dallying that persuasion works, but when the heart has been made up on what one wants to do, persuasion is of minimal effect if it has effects at all.
I will continue with the exegesis in the next article.
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