Naomi: The Loving Mother-in-Law

 

When she was back with her mother-in-law, Naomie said to her, “My daughter, I must seek a home for you that will please you.” (Ruth 3:1)

 

Read:

  1. Ruth 3: 1-5

Naomi loved Ruth a great deal, took it upon herself to make sure and take care of Ruth. She felt a deep responsibility toward Ruth, and instructed her in the Israelite customs so Ruth would find a husband inJudah. According to the Jewish law of kinsmen redeemer, when a man died childless a near relative could marry his widow.  The first child of that union would be given the name of the dead husband and inherit his estate. When Naomi realized such a man existed, she encouraged Ruth to approach Boaz and have him assume the role of kinsmen redeemer. On the surface, it may appear as if Naomi is taking matters into her own hands, but Naomi’s acts are motivated by love. This makes her actions pleasing to God.

 

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Do I put other people’s needs in front of my own or do I selfishly consider my own needs?

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, help me to see beyond my mind freezing emotions, into the needs of others. Help me to move beyond my selfish needs to help those really in need. Let me be an example of you to the world. Amen.


All for the Glory of God,

Christina Weigand

 

Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand

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