How Ruth and Naomi Found Rest
This is the gist of the sermon at a PCA church in Newport Beach, California last Sunday, while we visited our son and his family. (Last paragraph is mine.)
“The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” (Ruth 1:9). This is what Naomi said to Orpah and Ruth, her Moabite daughters-in-law, as she said goodbye to go back to Bethlehem, her hometown she had left during a time when there was no bread. Orpah went back to her former home, but Ruth answered with this familiar confession,
Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the LORD do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you (Ruth 1:16-17).
In a strange, new land among strange people worshiping a strange God in strange ceremonies, and in poverty with her mother-in-law, Ruth ultimately found rest in the LORD of Israel. So we too will never find our rest in money, careers, families, friends â€“ except in Christ alone.
Ultimately, Ruth and Naomi found rest in Ruth’s descendant, Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, the “house of bread.” He is the True Bread from Heaven who invites all, â€œCome to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).