The Stage is Set
The Stage is Set
Words of Faith 1-10-18
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2018
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and 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 Elimelech, his wife's name 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.  Now Elimelech, Naomi's husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.  They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,  both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
Have you ever known someone who went through a world of woe? We often point to Job as the single Biblical character representing great losses, but what about Naomi? Bless her heart. She and her family were driven in desperation to Moab about 80 miles away but on the other side of the Dead Sea.
Moab was not a friendly place to a Jewish family. It was a place of pagan religion similar to Baal worship. Then Naomi's husband died! She was stuck in Moab raising a family alone. Being a single mom has always been difficult but this was the worst.
Now, could things get any worse? Naomi's two sons married Moabite women. For a good Jewish family, very little could be worse! But yes, it did actually get worse. Both her sons died! A widow without sons was left destitute and defenseless. Naomi now only had Orpah and Ruth her Moabite daughters