Scandalous Women of the Bible | Day Ten
By: Brittany Green
We have one more scandalous woman for you this week! I believe Ruth often gets overlooked from the scandalous list because her story and character is of such high quality.
I'm going to challenge you to read the entire book of Ruth - it's four chapters. You've got this. Read the book of Ruth and then we can talk about it.
What are a few key things that stood out to you?
Let's look at Ruth's backstory a bit. She marries a foreigner who comes to her country to escape a famine. As tragedy would have it, Ruth's husband and brother-in-law die, leaving the wives with only their mother-in-law, Naomi. Naomi decides to move back to Bethlehem. She gives them the option to go back to their own families but Ruth chooses to stay with Naomi.
Now, we get to the good part- Boaz! Ruth begins to gather wheat at Boaz's field and he starts to take care of her. She caught his eye! Naomi realizes that Boaz is her relative and encourages Ruth to pursue him. This is a strange custom to us, but because Ruth was a widow she would have only been able to take charity from other families. Because Boaz was family, he can act as her redeemer by marrying her and keeping their family line going - part of the line of Rahab.(Remember a few days ago?)
So what does Ruth do? She goes to where Boaz is sleeping and sleeps at his feet! She’s basically proposing to this guy.
*insert gasps here*
S C A N D A L O U S!
Re-read Genesis 4:14. "Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourished of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons." Ruth's son was the great-great grandfather of king David.
God took what might have seemed hopeless to Ruth and made it into more blessings than she could have imagined.
Why do you think God blessed her?
If we go back to Ruth 1:16, we find our answer.
Ruth was not an Israelite, but she became part of the family. She realized that the God Naomi worshipped and believed in is the One True God. She said to Naomi that she wouldn't go back to her old customs and religions. "Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
Where you go, I will go.
As we're ending this study on scandalous women, we're seeing that that mantra is a common theme with them. Some are women of Israel, but many of them are not. Yet, they see that God is the true God and that He is working in ways that they want to get on board with. They want to go where God is going.
How about you? Are you on board with following God wherever He will take you?
If we've learned anything from these women, it's that following God scandalously is worth way more than anything else.
Are you willing to follow God wherever He calls?
Maybe it's to ask a friend where they are in their relationship with God. Maybe it's to open your eyes and search out someone in need and help them. Maybe it's to start praying more, to fix your heart on God.
The Lord called me a long time ago to follow Him whenever, however, and wherever. And it's been an incredible ride ever since. That's my prayer for you. That you join this host of women living scandalously for the Lord, making bold moves and trusting in His faithfulness!