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Using the Dimmed Light Seen #22

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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 Elimelech’s family as recorded in the bible.

(xxx) They Were Moved by Her Words:

Naomi’s daughters in-law were moved by all that she has said unto them especially the word “… that the hand of the LORD is gone out against me. (Rth 1:13d)

They have been feeling the pains she was feeling all these while but with her words to them when she asks that they go back to their people they had deeper feelings for her.

It is my belief that anyone who has blood flowing through her or his veins when she or he hears such words could not but be moved to tears.

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(xxxi) The New Resolutions:

Being moved by what one hears matters but a little what one does subsequently afterwards is what matters. And from the accounts of the book of Ruth we shall see that the resolution of the duo, the two daughters in-law was divided into two.

(a) Could Not See Beyond His Nose - Orpah:

One of the daughters in-law after listening to the deeper persuasion by their mother in law that they all should turn back, viewed the matter, the case at hand “selfishly”. Selfishness couldn’t allow her to put herself in the position of her mother in-law again as she has been doing before. She thought that was the determining time and they need to take a stand, after all she was not forced to marry her spouse and she does should not be forced to make decision to turn back not when her mother in-law has given her privilege of turning back from following her.

- The Gloomy Position of Future Seen: What would perhaps happen to the woman when she returned to her country was viewed by the young woman, as she has presented it to them that she does not know what lies ahead for her in her country even when she returns there, she saw bleak future, no light in the future that lies ahead, for she was the one who knows the place, she has not been there before and when the person who has been and a native of a country says nothing for her while would she stick her neck out to go ahead into doom. She couldn’t forge ahead with the trip.

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- Enough of Pretension: She, Orpah, perhaps have been staying back involuntarily, she has been feigning everything all the while perhaps from what she has heard from people or imitating Ruth, but now she couldn’t pretend any longer and decides that it was time for her to turn back.

- She Cannot Endure Again: She has all the while been enduring living with the mother in-law, but now she finds an occasion to leave her because the woman has presented it to them in a clear and a plain language that they should all leave her to her fate.

- God is Not Angry with Her: If her mother in-law is under a curse, she is not under a curse she has reasoned and thence decides that she needs to act and act fast, turn back because following her to the land and then deciding to return would not augur well for her.

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)

- A Loophole Presented Was Explored: The lacuna presented by the mother in-law was explored by Orpah as she turns back.

And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. (Rth 1:14)

I will share some of the thoughts that ran through the mind of Ruth with us in the next article.


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