Ruth 1:1-2 – “In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.”
These judges were not magistrates overseeing legal matters in a courtroom. These judges were tribal, military leaders. The famous slogan from the book of Judges is “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” It was a violent and chaotic time.
It was like this because there was no king in Israel. And so, we meet Elimelek, whose name means “My God (is) King”. Curiously, Elimelek and Naomi decide to leave their King’s country for the sake of survival. Abandoning Bethlehem (literally “house of bread”), in search of food, they end up in Moab… far from God’s promised land, people, word and activity… but apparently they have bread there.
Has living in “survival mode” taken you far from God’s promises, people and activity? Maybe you have bread to eat… but, “Can [you] live on bread alone?” (Mt 4:4). Come to Jesus, the bread of life, so that you may never be thirsty again—Jn 6:35. Pray that you would live under the rule of our King Jesus! Let’s sing “All Hail King Jesus“! (Click here)