The book of Ruth is a simple, beautiful, and poignant story of how a Moabite widow comes to be the grandmother of King David, and therefore a great grandmother of Jesus.
Chapter 1 opens explaining that a famine in Israel forced Elimelech, his wife Naomi, and their two sons leave their home in Bethlehem and go to the country of Moab. Things had to be really bad for an Israelite to move to Moab, a country with a long history of hostility towards Israel.
There may have been food there, but Moab did not end up being a happy place for them. After several years, Elimelech died. Naomi still had her two sons who married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. But after only a few more years, both Naomi’s sons died too. So there were three widowed women living together.
News eventually reached Naomi that the famine…
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