Along with Esther, Ruth is the only other woman in the Bible to have her own book. Her story is short (only four chapters) and sweet. It is one of the most beautiful love stories in the history of love stories. Ruth’s life is a stark contrast to that of her sister-in-law’s life. Remember Orpah? While she decided to return to her hometown of Moab, Ruth decided to return to Bethlehem with her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi.
When God created woman, He made a very special creation. He made us beautiful and unique. He made us strong and resilient, gutsy and spirited, sassy and sweet. And He loves us. God really, really loves His girls. And the Bible is filled with many women – some good, some bad – all of who God made, who God loved, and who we can learn many lessons from.
So far in our Women of the Word series, we have looked at 50 different figures in the Bible, who all have something to teach us (drum roll, please). Here is our fifth series recap:
The first chapter of the book of Ruth is the only place where Orpah is mentioned. She was married to Chilion, the son of Naomi. This relationship made her the daughter-in-law of Naomi and the sister-in-law of Ruth, who had married Chilion’s brother, Mahlon. The Bible tells us that soon Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, died. After Elimelech, the husbands of Ruth and Orpah also died.