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The Story Of Three Widows In Moab (2 of 14)
Series: The Book of Ruth
Ken D. Trivette
1. In our last study we saw the graves of three husbands. Now we see the grief of three widows. J. Vernon McGee calls this scene, "The meeting of the handkerchief brigade."3 Each has a buried husband and a broken heart. It is the story of a mother-in-law and her two daughters-in-law, each with an empty home and an empty heart.
2. In each widow there are lessons to learn. In one we have a troubling example, in one a tragic example, and finally in one a thrilling example. These three widows illustrate three classes of people. We see:
1. A DISCOURAGING WIDOW.
1. The first widow that I want you notice is Naomi. We have seen her disobedient walk. Now I want you to notice her discouraging words. Naomi is an example of a believer that is a hindrance to the work of God. Steps had been made to return, but at this moment she was still in Moab. Naomi illustrates how the life of believer that is not living for God, is often a discouragement to others knowing God.
A. We See That Naomi Was Being Observed.
1. Orpah and Ruth were from Moab. They had grown up in a land of idolatry. They had been reared in a place that knew not the true and living God. Their life had been one of spiritual desolation and darkness. However, Naomi was from Bethlehem-judah. She knew the One True and Living God. We would say that Naomi was saved, whereas Ruth and Orpah were unsaved.
2. We read "Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread. Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah" (Vs.6-7). There had been a departure from the land of God and a discipline by the hand of God. Naomi is taking steps to return to B ...
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