The Joyful Patriarchy Wife Bible Study Series: Ruth 1:6-9
Ruth 1:6-9 NKJV
6Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited[d] His people by giving them bread. 7Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.”
The following is Charles H. Spurgeon’s Expositions (Commentary) of Ruth 1:6-9
Ruth 1:6. Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab:
Commentary CH Spurgeon 1:6a
It is often the case that, when our idols are broken, we turn back to our God. It is frequently the case that the loss of earthly good leads us to return to our first Husband, for we feel that then it was better with us than it is now. Naomi had also another inducement to return:—
Ruth 1:6. For she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
Commentary CH Spurgeon on Ruth 1:6b
Have any of you professors gone a long way off from God? I wish you knew what plenty there is in the Great Father’s house, and what a blessed feast there is for these who live with him. There is no famine in that land; there is plenty of gladness, plenty of comfort, plenty of everything that is joyful, to be found there. You need not go to Moab, and to her false goes, to find pleasure and satisfaction.
Ruth 1:7-9. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah. And Naomi said unto her two daughters-in-law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. 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.
Commentary CH Spurgeon of Ruth 1:7-9:
Separation was painful to them, for they loved their mother-in-law, a most unselfish person who, even though it was a comfort to her to enjoy their company, thought it would be for their good, in a temporal sense, that they should abide in their own country.
The Joyful Patriarchy Wife Commentary on Ruth 1:6-9
Moab was an idolatrous country. Filled with false gods. Rampant idolatry. But Naomi was able to retain her faith to the One True God, and she desired to go back home. To leave Moab, the land of idolatry :
Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Philistia, shout in triumph because of Me. -Psalm 60:8
After hearing that the famine was ended, the text says that she arose with her daughters -in- law. To be on her way. To be among her people. She was broken, losing her husband and her two only sons in this country. She desired to be back to the land of Judah where she came from 10 years earlier to flee the famine with her husband. So much had transpired in that time. Naomi was being accompanied by her daughters-in-law, to the border of Judah.
Naomi desired her daughters in law to go back to the their parents homes, as was customary in Moab as it was in Israel. But Naomi says Mother’s instead of Fathers house, as mothers spent much time with their daughters, usually having been living in the same part of the house. As the men would be in a different part of the house together.
Naomi gives them her blessing and then she kisses them and they “lift up their voice” I am not sure what this indicates. Possibly wailing. I do not know. The text then says they wept. Naomi’s words brought on weeping. What a touching and heart-breaking moment. These women all shared loss, heartache and uncertainty. They had a bond that was bound by the blood of the men they had loved, cared for, and lost.
Naomi loved her daughters- in -law and they loved her, as the selfless mother-in-law she was. She was bidding them goodbye forever, she thought.
I can’t even imagine the heartache of these three women. Of the road they had walked, with the loss of their husbands and the sorrow that would bring, compounded by their impending separation. The text tells us they arose together and they “went on their way” The text does not say that their were other companions traveling with them.
Things to Ponder:
- Was Naomi using wisdom to return to Judah? Yes, Naomi used wisdom and knowledge of the customs of her day in making her decision. Women in Naomi’s culture and time when they became widows, they would usually return to their Parents home to be cared for. This was the custom in Moab, also. When Naomi gives the young ladies her blessing, she directs them to go to their mother’s home. Where they would be provided for. Naomi’s love is displayed in her blessing to them.
2. Naomi and the daughters- in -law are heartbroken at the prospect of separation. Their broken hearts are evident as they “lifted up their voices” and they all wept. Female emotion here. Good emotions. God has given us every good thing. We as women can identify with this moment. Why? Because God has made us to understand that we are creatures that feel deeply, and many times express those “feelings” in strong and emotional ways. We form strong attachments. That is what we see with Naomi and her daughters-in-law. Raw emotion. Grief, sorrow, and mourning. All of them widows. No male covering. They were alone.
3.Israel being the “Sanctuary of God” As stated in Psalm 132:14 “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.Naomi desired to return to the land of Judah. Her homeland.
4. We have evidence that Naomi had retained her faith through her time in the land of false gods. It was low, but it was there. She “heard that the Lord had visited” (verse 6) that the Lord had ended the famine in the land of birth. Even after being through some much in a foreign land that was defiled with false gods, Naomi kept her faith in the God of Israel. We can learn a great deal from Naomi. We will have trials. Trials are never pleasant but they are for a work. A work that may not be known by us, but by the One that works them for our good. As with Naomi, her future is uncertain but her faith was intact. That was Naomi, and that is all of us. None of us know what lays before us, but we can be sure we know He who does know. And we can rest in that even if the circumstances are dire, and our head is down and we cannot lift it in sorrow. Our Lord is the Lifter of our Head, He will give us the Hope and the strength we need. We may be in sorrow for a season or more, but He will always teach us and bring us through it.
Naomi didn’t see ahead, she just saw what was her reality on that day. As all of us do. We can sorrow, and grieve but not as one with no hope.But on the contrary, we have Hope.
We can be utterly grief stricken and downcast and still our deepest groanings are to the Great Redeemer. In the depths of our pain we know where our comfort comes from. Our trust is not in our circumstances or our feelings but in the One True God, that has promised to never abandon us, and will be will us for all of Eternity. As He now is preparing us on this earth.
The Lord gives. The Lord takes away.Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Amen!