Naomi’s Hope


Remember when you first found love how you felt so good
Kind that last forever more so you thought it would
Suddenly the things you see got you hurt so bad
How come the things that make us happy make us sad
Well it seems to me that

Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain
Joy and pain are like sunshine and rain

Those words are the first lines of Joy and Pain by Frankie Beverley & Maze. It is reflective of what happens a lot in our lives and so true of what happened in Naomi’s life. If you have ever read the book of Ruth, you are fully acquainted with the joy and pain of Naomi. For those who have not, read it by clicking the link.

The long and short of the situation is that Naomi’s husband and sons died. In a male dominated society, Naomi pled with her daughter-in-laws to go back to their homes and their people for they may have a hope to be remarried. One followed that encouragement; however, Ruth refused to abandon her mother-in-law. The reputable verse 16 records her commitment – “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

Ruth eventually meets Boaz who redeems her by marrying her. In that marriage, Naomi’s welfare is taken care of as Ruth cares for her mother-in-law. This text really is not about Naomi, Ruth or Boaz. It is about Naomi’s Hope. Naomi hoped or trusted in the Lord God to take care of her despite her hopeless circumstances. She had lost her husband and two sons – all of her providers except God who is Jehovah Jireh. Just as He had provided for Abraham, He provided for Naomi, but I am not talking about the physical provision. I am referencing the spiritual provision.

The ram in the thicket for the sacrifice for Abraham referenced the same Hope that the offspring of Ruth and Boaz would provide. Without going into too much genealogical lingo, here the prayer prayed for Naomi that God had already worked out.

14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

Just to show you how great, sovereign and providential Jehovah is, the name of Ruth’s son was Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. David the genealogical and earthly heritage of the Lord Jesus Christ. This royal lineage authenticates Christ as the Messiah for man, so you see that Naomi’s Hope is our Hope. Jesus is our hope.

I have really over simplified the process of Ruth being redeemed and what it meant in that time. What is it that you really need to know? That redemption could only be purchased by one who had the right and the resources to do so. As perfect man and God, Jesus is the only fit for kinsman redeemer. If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, you have hope for spiritual renewal and redemption  – the forgiveness of sin. If you don’t know Jesus as Savior and Lord, you don’t have hope of redemption – the forgiveness of sins.

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