- She lived in Bethlehem, which means House of Bread, but there was no bread because of the famine.
- Her husband’s name was Elimelech, which means God is my king, but instead of him trusting God, he trusted his own wits.
- Her sons were supposed to bring her joy and a hopeful future, but their names also haunted her: Mahlon means sickly, and Kilion means wasting away.
Naomi hit rock-bottom—Now Elimelech, Naomi’s husband died… And after they had lived there about ten years both Mahlon and Kilion both died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband (Ruth 1:3, 5).
Is it any wonder Naomi—whose name means pleasant—wanted to change her name to Mara (bitterness)?
But somewhere deep inside, Naomi had courage enough to hang on to hope. She heard that God had once again provided bread in the House of Bread, and she returned home. She had no prospects for success, and her husband’s debts were still awaiting her, but she went back to Bethlehem with her daughter-in-law Ruth.
It was here they encountered Boaz. His name means pillar and he is described as “a man of standing” (2:1). Boaz was a kinsman-redeemer. Boaz is a picture of Jesus. As our Kinsman-Redeemer, only Jesus can…
- Give our needs a voice as He intercedes for us
- Bring us peace as He asks us to cast all our cares on Him
- Pay all of our debts
- Give us a hope-filled future
Especially as we remember Mothers Day, it’s a great reminder that a mother’s prayerful perseverance on her Kinsman-Redeemer yields blessings now and for generations to come!
Don’t give up! Jesus is your Kinsman-Redeemer, and He is waiting for you to cling to Him.
(The Book of Ruth is an absolutely amazing, hope-inspiring story. It you haven’t read it lately, you can read it through in just a few minutes.)