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.
Some of Those Minute Lights Seen by The Ancients Continues – Ruth a Case Study
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.
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(xxvii) The Initial Response:
The initial response of the duo was that they were not in the dark that they had passed the point when they ought to return to their land, but they have resolved within them that they for no reason will leave her, because they were feeling the pains she was also feeling being the wives of her sons and without children for her sons before they left the world.
“The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.
“And they said unto her, surely we will return with thee unto thy people.” (Rth 1:9-10)
(xxviii) She Makes Them See Reasons to Return:
She appreciates them and their resolution but she has to show them the reasons why they need to return to their people.
“And Naomi said, turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?
“Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;
“Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.” (Rth 1:11-13)
Some of the reasons she showed them are as follows:
(a) Old Age Has Set In: There is time for everything so says the scripture, and she knows the day has been far spent and the night draweth nigh. She knows that old age has set in and she cannot give birth again.
(b) She Cannot Get Marry Again: In her response she let them know that husband is out of her plans and mind for that moment.
(c) On A Second Thought: She however on a second thought says that assuming she can get marry at that moment or immediately she gets to her country and gave birth to sons that same day, what about the process of growth and development? Growth and development is a process, it cannot be jumped, because God himself did not jump it she says to them.
(d) Making Them See That Age Will Also Set in With Them: This word “Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me.” (Rth 1:13) implies that as process of growth and development cannot be circumvented, it means that age would have set in on them by the time the sons she shall give birth would be old for them to be married to. Thence, when this happens it means that the children they were hoping to give birth to, they wouldn’t have, because by then they would not be able to procreate again, which would negate the essence of their waiting.
(e) How She Felt: She told them the position of her mind for them since the period of the incident. The position of her mind has been grieve and grieve for them since the incident.
(xxix) The Probable Cause of the Incidents:
She makes them know that what happened to the family happened for her cause, perhaps like the sea that has been troubled because of Jonah being in the ship. (Jon. 1:3-4)
She may have received some revelations about the trip with God sternly warning them through her not to make the trip, but because of immediate gratifications she has ignored and neglected what the Lord had spoken and the evil has happened to the family so that she will know that God is mighty and he does as he pleases in the kingdom of men. (Dan. 4:35)
I will continue withy the exegesis in the next article.
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OLUSEGUN (author) from NIGERIA on May 26, 2021:
I was making an illustration to make it clear. No one knows that God has spoken to Jonah when he was fleeing his country, but when the storm arose everyone knows that he has been spoken to and given instructions by God. But since he failed to do the will of God, he also showed him his mightiness by bringing the storm.
Jonah knows the storm arose becuase of his disobedience.
Now, marrying the above with what Ruth said that the hand of the Lord has gone against him, it thence means that she has some personal dealings with yahweh which she perhaps flouts of ignores and which she internally is rebuking herself for...I advise you read again Ruth chapter 1:13 to see what she has said there.
Patty Florence from Illinois on May 25, 2021:
I question "Why Jonah?", in this article!