“And she said, Behold, thy sister-in-law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister-in-law. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if aught but death part thee and me.” – Ruth 1:15-17
I have always loved the story of Ruth. How she and Naomi experienced tough times and God brought them through. But have you ever considered the actual impact of Orpah or Ruth’s decision on their lives?
Both Ruth and Orpah were more than likely told about God by Naomi and Her family. About His mercies, deliverance, love, and law. Since Ruth and Orpah had spent so much time (probably 10 years or so) with Naomi, it was only natural for them to not want to leave her. It seems that Orpah did not have to be asked twice. It was probably easier for her to return to her people and old way of life, to what was both familiar and comfortable. Ruth chose not to take the easy way; she knew what she had heard all those years was right.
What Ruth left behind:
1. Her people – Family, friends, and culture
2. Her gods – Chemosh and Baal, both human and child sacrifices.
Moabites were taught to despise both the Israelites and their God, so Ruth’s decision went against everything she was taught from childhood. She set a good example for us to follow even now.
What we need to leave behind:
1. Our people – Things we might have been taught or things we do that don’t line up with God’s way.
2. Our gods – Anything we do, think about, or spend more time with than God.
What we decide not only determines our eternity, but also our future. Because Ruth chose “More” over “Moab” she became apart of the bloodline of the kings of Israel, David was her great-grandson. Imagine, she may have still been alive when David killed Goliath! But most importantly, because Ruth chose what was right, she became apart of the bloodline of Christ. The same can be said for us as well.
Orpah’s decisions had it’s consequences in 2 Samuel 8:2. I think I can safely say that many of Orpah’s relatives, children, and grandchildren were among those that David slew and enslaved. Orpah’s decision led to death and slavery while Ruth’s led to happiness and kings.
Moab (this world) is what it is; it will never change or get any better. More has no end, it is infinite; it keeps going and going, getting better and better. Which will you chose, Moab or More?