Summary: A Compromising Mother Becomes a Godly Grandmother
A. HOW NAOMI COMPROMISED
1. She compromised her spiritual priorities.
a. Did not continue in difficulties. “A famine in the land” (Ruth 1:1).
b. Enticed by the well-watered plains of Moab (1:1).
c. Left the Promised Land. “Ephrathites of Bethlehem, Judah” (1:2).
2. She compromised her commitment to the Lord. When Ruth, her daughter-in-law wanted to go with Naomi,
she directed her to go back to her foreign god. “Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law” (1:15).
3. Naomi compromised her family influence. Naomi’s son, Chilion, married outside the faith (1:4).
4. Naomi criticized God’s provision for her. “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty” (1:21).
B. NAOMI’S REPENTANCE SEEN IN HER ACTIONS
1. Naomi recognized God’s punishment. Naomi recognized God’s punishment. “The Lord hath caused me to suffer, and the Almighty has sent me such tragedy” (1:21, NLB).
2. Naomi’s counsel toward family heritage. When Ruth “happened” on Boaz’s field, Naomi said, “Blessed be he of the Lord, who has not forsaken His kindness to the living and the dead! And Naomi said to her, This man is a relation of ours, one of our close relatives” (2:20).
3. Naomi counseled toward redemption. “Then Naomi her mother-in- law said unto her, ‘My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?’” (3:1).
4. Naomi counseled patience and trust. “Then she (Naomi) said, ‘Sit still, my daughter . . . for the man will not rest until he has concluded the matter this day’” (3:18).
C. THE BLESSING ON GRANDMOTHER NAOMI
“Then the women said to Naomi, ‘Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! And may he be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him’” (Ruth 4:14-15).
1. Naomi is given more importance in the Bible than Ruth.
a. The women blessed Naomi (4:14).
b. The child is recognized as “kin” to Naomi (4:14).
c. Naomi had oversight for the child’s care (4:16).
2. The child is identified with this grandmother (not father or grandfather). Note: legal line not through Naomi and Elimelach (4:21).
3. The child Obed would be famous in Israel.
a. The word famous means, “name is proclaimed widely.”
b. Obed was the great grandfather of Daniel.
c. Obed comes from two words, (1) Obadiah i.e., a worshipper of God, (2) ebed, i.e., servant. Obed was a true servant and worshipper of the Lord.
4. The child gave grandmother Naomi a purpose in life.
a. Naomi had been a compromiser, but she became a woman of conviction.
b. Naomi didn’t have any hope. She told Ruth, “Turn back, my daughters, go-for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons” (1:12). But God gave her a new life. “He (Obed) shall be unto thee, a restorer of life” (4:15).