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Transitions From Loss to Gain: Naomi's Story

A message from
Pastor Gus Davies
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Ruth 1 & 4 (NIV)

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Ruth 1 & 4 (NIV)

Ruth 1

Naomi Loses Her Husband and Sons

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 Kilion. 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 Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return to Bethlehem

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.

19 So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.

Ruth 4

Boaz Marries Ruth

1 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, "Come over here my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down.

2 Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. 3 Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, "Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek. 4 I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you and I am next in line."

“I will redeem it,” he said.

5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man's widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.

6 At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.”

7 (Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.) 8 So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.

9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon's widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear among his family or from his hometown. Today you are my witnesses!"

11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah."

Naomi Gains a Son

13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: "Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth."

16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, "Naomi has a son!" And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

The Genealogy of David

18 This, then, is the family line of Perez:

Perez was the father of Hezron,

19 Hezron the father of Ram,

Ram the father of Amminadab, 20 Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

Nahshon the father of Salmon

21 Salmon the father of Boaz,

Boaz the father of Obed,

22 Obed the father of Jesse,

and Jesse the father of David.

Worship Focus

Today, we worship God for His steadfast love. God's love transcends our human stories but is also so personal, that it carries us from difficult times to rejoicing.

Digging Deeper

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Transitions: Transitions from Loss to Gain: Naomi's Story

Last week, we entered into a surprise storm with Jesus and his disciples. We saw how we also face storms that can come upon us suddenly. When Jesus is the Captain of our ship, we learned that we can process what has happened during the storm. Not only will we reach the other side with Him, the storms we face strengthen our faith in Him. This means we have a story to tell that will inspire others to withstand the storms they face.

This week, we’ll look at a different kind of transition involving loss and gain. The Old Testament writing, Ruth, introduces us to the title character, Ruth, who transitioned from being a foreigner to becoming a part of a family. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, suffered a great loss but ultimately enjoyed great gain.
When we compare and contrast the experiences of these two women, we can learn why God brought them together and see how their faithfulness to God and one another became a blessing for the entire world.

How to Use This Guide 

Thank you for taking the time to do this Bible study. When we dig deeper into God’s word, He promises to bless us. We follow in the footsteps of King David, who wrote in Psalm 119:105: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

This guide will provide a weekly framework for spiritual conversations with friends or family. We encourage you to reach out to a friend or two, pick a time to get together each week, and work through this guide together. This Bible study can also be a good tool for families, perhaps coordinated with mealtimes.

What does the Bible say?

We will focus on Naomi in this story and observe how a beautiful gain can accompany great loss.

Read Ruth. Pay special attention to Naomi’s part of the story.

We meet Naomi by name in Ruth 1:2. What information do you learn about Naomi from Ruth 1:1-2? What drove Naomi’s family to live in Moab, a neighboring country? What tragedies happened to her there (1:3-5)?

What good news did Naomi hear in Ruth 1:6? To whom did Naomi attribute the provision of food in Israel? This is Naomi’s first mention of the God of Israel, to whom we will see she was committed. What did Naomi decide to do in 1:6-7? When Naomi realized how arduous the journey would be, what did she say to her two daughters-in-law, and what were their responses in 1:8-13? Naomi speaks of God a second time in 1:13. What does she say? Who eventually goes with Naomi (1:14-18)?

Naomi's daughters-in-law were Moabites. Their primary god was Chemosh, an abomination to Israel. How does Ruth’s commitment in 1:16-17 show that she had listened and taken as her truth something of Naomi’s belief and trust in Israel’s God? When Naomi realized that Ruth had chosen to align herself with the God of Israel, Naomi accepted her as family in 1:18.

Where did they go together (1:19)? What was Naomi’s response to her friends who noticed she had changed (1:20-22)? This is her third mention of God in this chapter. What does she say?

When Naomi arrived in Bethlehem, her friends noticed that she was different. Naomi not only looked different, she felt different, so much so that she didn’t feel up to her own name. Naomi means “pleasant” in Hebrew. Instead, she tells the woman to call her “Mara,” which means bitter.

When Naomi heard that God had blessed His people in Moab, she determined to return to Israel (1:6). As she set her face toward home, Naomi acknowledged her predicament, saying, “the Lord’s hand has turned against me” (1:13). Upon hearing that God had come to the aid of Israel and provided food for them, perhaps she thought, if God can change His mind about His people and bless them, maybe He could change His mind about me and bless me. The last verse of chapter 1 reminds the reader that God had indeed chosen to bless His people again. He provided them with barley, and it was ready to harvest. Might this timing have been an encouragement to Naomi that God might indeed bless her as well?

How do we transition from loss to gain? After a great loss, we sometimes don’t know where to turn. Naomi’s loss was substantial, but when she heard that God was blessing the land of Israel, that’s where she went. We can also go toward God’s blessing when we experience loss. This could be going to church where we can be around people worshiping God or going to a Bible study where God’s word is blessing people. Northland offers Grief Ministries as well as Stephen Ministers, and ministers on duty who are available at the church Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in person or by calling the front desk at 407-949-4000.  You could also call a friend who is a strong Christian. So, step one of our transition from loss to gain might be to head toward the place or people where God is at work. This is a good place to start when we aren't sure what to do next.

About This Sermon Series

Transitions, as we know, are part of life. We experience personal, familial, vocational, cultural, national, and even organizational transitions. In fact, Northland is a church in the midst of change and transition. We have called our new lead pastor, Dr. Josh Laxton. Interestingly, while we experience a myriad of transitions in a lifetime, there is a difference between change and transition. Change is situational whereas transition is psychological. In other words, transition involves processing the change.

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Transitions, as we know, are part of life. We experience personal, familial, vocational, cultural, national, and even organizational transitions. In fact, Northland is a church in the midst of change and transition. We have called our new lead pastor, Dr. Josh Laxton. Interestingly, while we experience a myriad of transitions in a lifetime, there is a difference between change and transition. Change is situational whereas transition is psychological. In other words, transition involves processing the change.

After experiencing a change and transition, we can look back and see that we were changed—or better yet transformed. And who you became, the kind of transformation that occurred in that transition was the direct result of how you processed or didn’t process the change.

In this series, Transitions, we will take you on a journey through Scripture looking at various transitions in the life God’s people as well as various passages that deal with how we should process changes in our life. Our hope and prayer in this series is that you will learn how to process the various changes in life and allow the Holy Spirit to use transitions to conform you more into the image of Jesus.

Upcoming Weekends

» June 18-19
TRANSITIONS | Transitioning Home: The Prodigal Son's Story |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

» June 25-26
TRANSITIONS | Transitions and Mental Health: Elijah's Story |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

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TRANSITIONS | Transitioning Home: The Prodigal Son's Story |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

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TRANSITIONS | Transitions and Mental Health: Elijah's Story |
Lead Pastor Josh Laxton

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