16 But Ruth replied, “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. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” -Ruth 1:16-17
Naomi’s husband and two sons had died while they were living in Moab, leaving her with two daughters-in-law. To survive, Naomi chose to return to her homeland in Israel and rejoin her extended family. Before her departure, she encouraged Ruth and Orpah to return to their families as well.
Orpah did. Ruth didn’t. Why not? She was not only committed to Naomi’s family, but to Naomi’s God.
The story is one of my favorite in the Bible. In the end, Ruth became a direct descendant of King David, the man through whom the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would later come.
There is a bond that is deeper than family.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.