Summary: Elimelech (meaning "God is my king") marries Naomi (meaning "sweet one"). A marriage made in heaven. They have 2 kids – Mahlon ("sickly") & Chilion (“wasting away"). Why were 2 sickly kids born to such great couple? Why famine? Marriage is more than kissing...



1. Ruth 1: 1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2 The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. 3 Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband. 6 When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. 7 With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah. 8 Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. 9 May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10 and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me - even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons - 13 would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!” 14 At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. 15 “Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” 16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her to leave.

2. Ruth 2: 4 Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!” “The Lord bless you!” they answered. 5 Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Whose Young Woman Is That?”

INTRO: SERIES – Wow! Whose Young Daughter Is That: PT2 – Love Is More Than Kissing

SERIES: An Intro (God Can Change Your Story); Love Is More Than Kissing; Behold A Woman Lay At His Feet (Marriage Before Sex); Running After The Younger Men; Characteristics Of A Good Spouse; Here Comes The Bride; When The Honeymoon Is Over; How The Devil Attacks Christian Marriages; What Do You Do When You Realize You’ve Married The Wrong Person; The Bitterness Of An Angry Life (From Bitterness To Blessings); The Support Of In-Laws; You Can Begin Again (About Divorce Or Death); Life Without A Spouse – Let Bitterness Go (The Naomi Syndrome), Etc.


1. Illustration: Little Boy: Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.

2. Illustration: Now You Come Home Drunk

3. Illustration: In Liberia, a teacher asked his kids: “1+1=?” A kid raised his hand and said: “1+1=4”. A man passing by heard the answer and said: “This government of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will kill us all. Every thing has gone up. Transportation, food, gas, clothes, drinks, homes, etc. Even 1+1 that used to be 2 has gone up to 4.”


1. Adam & Eve: Genesis 3 - The man chooses to join his wife in sin.

2. Abraham & Sarah: Genesis 11-25 – Leave everything to follow God – no children.

3. Isaac & Rebekah: Genesis 25 - Inheritors of promise; difficult conception; sibling rivalry.

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