Similarity to Job
Ted E. Bowling
Given 03-Sep-22; 20 minutes 2022-09-03
description: (hide) In a very real sense, Ruth’s mother-in law, Naomi, could be considered the female version of Job, who after losing her husband and two sons felt severely tried by Almighty God, while continuing to trust God as had Job. At one point, after having become immersed in bitter trials, Naomi asked her friends and acquaintances to call her "mara" or bitter. The tragedies of moving to Moab because of the irresponsibility of her husband did not destroy her steadfast trust in God as she became a sterling example for her daughter-in-law Ruth, who was determined to return back to Israel with her. Because of Naomi’s obedience, Ruth was blessed by entering a marriage with a kinsman, who restored both Ruth’s and Naomi’s opportunity for a future inheritance as well as providing the lineage for the future King David and Jesus Christ. Both Job and Naomi have taught us that when we cannot see the end (of the seeming never-ending trial) we still can hang onto the promises of Almighty God.