Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth, No 10, 1:19-22.
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The decision has been made and the matter settled. Ruth is resolved to journey to Bethlehem with Naomi.
Though a Moabite who has never even been in Judah, her new-found loyalties and aspirations, born of the Holy Spirit at her regeneration, shows that spiritually she is an Israelite indeed. Her native air is now the atmosphere of the promised land. Her new instincts carry her toward Bethlehem. She is in company with returning backslider, Naomi.
I. PLEASE NOTE THAT GRACE WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL IN THE TRUE BELIEVER
“So they two went until they came to Bethlehem,” verse 19.
For a time Moab exercised great power over Naomi and drew her into its fold. Now she is delivered. “ . . the LORD hath brought me home,” verse 21.
1. Sin can exercise power over the believer for a time. The Bible is full of examples.
2. But the true believer cannot be held in its power indefinitely. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace,” Rom 6:14. “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger,” Job 17:9.
The sheep may stray but they will be regathered by the faithful Shepherd.
That is the mark of a true believer.
3. God is honour-bound to rescue His fallen people. “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of,” Genesis 28:15. Deut 3:18; 1 Sam 12:22; Ps 37:25, 28; Isaiah 41:17.