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Ruth’s Example Of Commitment

Ruth 1:16-18

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16 But Ruth said: "Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me." 18 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. NKJV



       The Book of Ruth is a beautiful Love Story but it never mentions the word love. It has been recognized as a literary gem in some unexpected quarters. It is reported that Dr. Samuel Johnson, the literary giant of the eighteenth century, made a copy of the Book of Ruth and read it before a London club as a production he had recently read. The club, thinking it was a modern composition, was loud and unanimous in its praises of the book. Then Dr. Johnson informed them that it was taken from a book, which they all rejected--the Bible. Mc Gee p.13

Ruth’s words of commitment serve as a beautiful example of  commitment for any serious desire of a person to make a commitment.
Thompson Chain Reference Bible1171 BC


I.   Ruth’s Commitment Represents A Commitment To . . Her Mother In Law. 1:16a                        


       A.   Note The . . Inclusiveness Of Her Commitment.

“For wherever you go, I will go;. . .”

              1.    Not Just A commitment to Bethlehem.


       B.   Note The . . Intent Of Her Commitment.

“For wherever you go, I will go;. . .”

              1.    Naomi was going to travel

                     a.    Back to Bethlehem

              2.    Ruth was willing to go

                     b.    Would go elsewhere


Illustration:                 I’M NOT GOING YOUR WAY

              “You’re just out of date,” said young Pastor Bate

              To one of our faithful old preachers

              Who had carried for years, in travail and tears,

              The Gospel to poor, sinful creatures.

              “You still preach on Hades, and shock cultured ladies

              With your barbarous doctrine of blood;

              You’re so far behind, you’ll never catch up.

              You’re a flat tire stuck in the mud.”

              For some little while a wee bit of a smile

              Enlightened the old preacher’s face,

              Being made the butt of a ridiculous cut

              Did not ruffle his sweetness and grace,

              Then he turned to young Bate, so suave and sedate,

              “Catch up, did my ears hear you say?

              Why I couldn’t succeed if I doubted your speed;

              My friend, I’m not going your way.” ----C. T. Studd



Ruth knew where Naomi was going. To the land of Praise and the town of called “Bethlehem” The House Of Bread. But her commitment was with Inclusiveness, and Intent.



2.   Ruth’s Commitment Represents A Commitment To Her . . Housing. 1:16b

“. . . And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;. . .”


There is a line in the movie Norma Ray where the leading lady goes to a young man’s living quarters. He lives under a bridge and it is really a bad scene. She ask, “why do you live here and he says it is free, she says, “it is to expensive.”


       A.   Note The . . Essence Of Her Commitment.

“. . . And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;. . .”


              1.    Ruth had no idea where this dwelling might be


Illustration         A Good Road

A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Livingstone wrote back, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.” April, 1985 Good News Broadcaster, p. 12


       B.   Note The . . Engagement Of Her Commitment.

“. . . And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;. . .”


              1.    It doesn’t matter where we dwell together is important.


       My grandson got married last week. He came to spend a day with us just a few days before the wedding. He and I sat outside at McDonald and talked about some theological matters and some matters concerning marriage. He said, Papa she sent me a text message and told me. “I want to be home with you Brandon.” He said. with a tear in his eye. “that really means a lot to me.”


Application:       Ruth’s Commitment was to be with Naomi.

                     She was trusting God to work out the details.


3.   Ruth’s Commitment Represents A Commitment To The . . Humanity Of Naomi. 1:16c

              “. . . Your people shall be my people,. . .”


       A.   Note The . . Personal Quality Of Her Commitment.

“. . . Your people shall be my people,. . .”


              1.    Ruth left her family and friends. 1:14b

                            “. . . but Ruth clung to her.” NKJV

                     a.   Represents a leaving and cleaving.


       B.   Note The . . Permanent Quality Of Her Commitment.

“. . . Your people shall be my people,. . .”


Illustration:        (LEE ROBERSON p.240).

You can know that you are a child of God. Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

        I read about a gentleman who once entered a store that sold fine glass and Chinaware. Approaching the proprietor he said, “I would like to buy all of the glasses that are pitched in the key of A.”

        The owner of the store, looking amused, said, “Well, friend we don’t buy glasses for their musical qualities, so I cannot tell you which ones have the proper key!”

        The inquirer then took a tuning fork from his pocket and struck it on the counter. Immediately every glass pitched in the key of A on the shelf responded.


       Commitment is getting yourself in the same pitch.


4.   Ruth’s Commitment Represents A Commitment To . . Hallow The God Of Naomi. 1:16d

“. . . And your God, my God.”


In the Model Prayer Jesus instructed us to begin our prayer:  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. NKJV Mt. 5:9


Hallowed:     “To respect or honor greatly.”


       A.   Note The . . Choice Of Her Commitment.

“. . . And your God, my God.”


       B.   Note The . . Consequences Of Her Commitment.

“. . . And your God, my God.”


              1.    Ruth was willing to leave the God of MOAB.

                     a.    GODS, FALSE

Che'mosh (ke-mosh). The national deity of the Moabites, honored with horribly cruel rites like those of Molech, to whom children were sacrificed in the fire. It is interesting archaeologically to note that the anger of Chemosh is said in the famous Moabite Stone to be the reason for Israel's subjugation of Moab

(cf. Jdg 11:24). 1161 BC

Solomon made a fatal mistake, whatever his reason might have been, of rearing an altar to Chemosh in Jerusalem (1 Ki 11:7). 992 BC

 This abomination was not destroyed until Josiah's purge almost three centuries later (2 Ki 23:13). (624 BC TCRB)

So infatuated were the Moabites with Chemosh that they were known as the "people of Chemosh" (Nu 21:29). (1452 BC TCRB) (The New Unger's Bible Dictionary.)


Illustration:       Determination         One-Armed Football Player

Trey Wood was born with only one arm. Most people assumed that his handicap would prevent him from participating in a sport like football. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Trey decided to prove the experts wrong. Not only did he learn to play football, he received an athletic scholarship to Sam Houston State University. He went beyond expectations and earned a starting position as a defensive back. One of his responsibilities was to knock down passes when the football was thrown in his area. Another one-armed young man named Dawuan Miller also had a dream to play football. In spite of his disability he, too, earned a scholarship and became the starting defensive back for Boise State University.

Both players made first team. Both excelled at their positions. Despite lacking an arm, Wood broke the career record for Sam Houston State with eleven blocked kicks. Dawuan silenced the doubters by using his one arm to intercept two passes in playoff games.

On September 16, 1995, Sam Houston State played Boise State in football. For the first time in the history of the sport, two colleges played a game with one-armed defensive backs starting for each team. Few will remember the score of the game, but no one who was there will forget how two one-armed players’ gutsy performances overshadowed the rest of the talent on the field.

Each of these two football players did more with one arm than most people do with two. When one-talent people apply themselves, they can accomplish incredible feats. You can do amazing things with just one talent, if you will dare to believe it (Matthew 25:15). (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 59.)


Aflac Commercial, Yogi Berra says:     They pay in cash which is just as good as money.


Lady said to yogi one time:    You look cool, well you don’t look so hot your self.


Illustration         Yogi Berra   You Gotta Be Determined

“You gotta be determined to be determined.” --Yogi Berra


Ru 2:11-12 11 Boaz replied to her, "All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know. 12 " May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge." NASU


5.   Ruth's Commitment Represents A Commitment To . . Honor The God Of Naomi. 1:17

      17 Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me."


       A.   Note The . . Personal Quality Of Her Commitment.

            Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me."


Illustration               Epitaph On Tombstone

        Hail all who pass by, As you are now so once was I

        As I am Now So You Shall Be

        Prepare yourself to follow me,

        Before I follow at my own, Consent,

        I want To know which way you went.


       B.   Note The . . Purpose Of Her Commitment.

            “Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me."


              1.    A commitment to family burial grounds

              2.    I’ll be buried with your family


Two soldiers Who Had Been Released from a Prison Camp in Siberia Following WW II Told this Story. When it Was Time to Start Letting Men Go from Prison There Was Only a Small Number of Men That Could Be Released Before the Cold Winter Set in Again Because of the Size of the Boat. Among Those Who Were Anxious to Leave Were 2 Men That Had Become Best Friends in the Camp. When the Selection Time Came for the Few Who Would Be Allowed to Leave, One of Them Was Selected, the Other Was Not. An Order Was Given That Those Leaving Could Take One Important Item of Luggage. The Man Selected to Leave Went to His Buddy That Was Suppose to Stay and He Took from His Luggage All His Worldly Goods and Asked His Friend to Get in His Bag, Then Carefully Lifting the Bag over His Shoulders He Boarded the Ship with His Friend, His Single Most Important Possession! -- Source Unknown


Elderly lady remained very Calm in the midst of a terrible storm at sea. When asked why she was not afraid; she replied “I have two daughters. One in Cleveland one in Heaven and it Doesn’t make any difference to me which one I see first

Commitment To Her Mother In Law,

To Her Housing, To The Her Humanity Of Naomi,

To Hallow Her God, And Honor The God Of Naomi.