Summary: Orpah, who was a Moabite woman, a woman that knew not the True and Living God, such was Ruth also, but Orpah was willing to go with Naomi her mother-in-law back to the land of Bethlehem Judah and once there possible could have become a believer in the Tru
Ruth 1: 1-18 THE SAD FATE OF OPRAH 6-9-12
Ruth 1: 1-18 Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.
2And the name of the man was Elimelech, (my king is God) and the name of his wife Naomi, (pleasant) and the name of his two sons Mahlon (sickly)and Chilion, (perishing) Ephrathites (inhabitants of Bethlehem) of Bethlehemjudah.
* Bethlehem was another name for Ephrath.
Genesis 35:19And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.
* There were two Bethlehem's, one of Judah, and one of Zebulon:
Joshua 19: 15-16 And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages. 16This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.
This is why we read so often of "Bethlehem of Judah", especially to do with the birth place of Jesus, so we can be assured of the specific town, remember there are two.
And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.
* I need to say some thing about "Moab".
"MOAB" was a mans name, also was the name of this territory with its inhabitants, but the man Moab; came from the incestuous relationship of Lot and his older daughter, he and his two daughters fled the destruction of Sodom as God was raining down fire, and brim stone on this homosexual society, and He has never had a change of mind about such as this, it's still an abomination in His sight regardless what today's so called brilliant minds might say about it.
----- God still says;
Jude 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
So these ungodly people may seem to be enjoying their sick lives today, but God is looking on and the record books are up to date, He is at this time withholding His wrath, but that will one day end.
Both daughters caused Lot to become drunk and lay with him, they thought they were all that was left of all people, and each had a son, the Moabites came from the elder of the daughters, the Ammonites the other.
* Let's read this record, but keep in mind that our text is in Ruth 1:- but I'm laying the foundation for the message.
Genesis 19: 24-36 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. --All plant life--
26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
--- She was leaving Sodom but her heart was still there.
27And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 28And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
30And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
31And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
32Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. 33And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. 36Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.