Ruth: A Picture of Following Christ

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

Ruth 1:16-17

The more I think about it, the more I think that this passage represents what our walk with the Lord should look like.  Ruth is telling her mother in law Naomi that she is going to stay with her, just as we should be wanting to stay with Christ.  The Bible says that Ruth “clave to Naomi”, and we should be clinging to the cross of Christ every day.  Take a look at what a great picture this story provides for us:

1. “Whither thou goest, I will go”
-That should be our attitude toward Jesus: “wherever you go, I will go”.  He leads; we follow.  As the song says, “wherever He leads, I’ll go.  I’ll follow my Christ who loves me so…”.  Where He goes, we go.

2. “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge”
-When He stops, we need to stop.  There is no point in trying to move on in our lives without Him, although we often try to do just that.  We need to wait patiently for His leading and guidance.

3. “Thy people shall be my people”
-Our love of our Christian brethren has always been a test of discipleship.  Who do we classify as “our people”?  Do we love our brothers and sisters in Christ?  Are God’s people our people?  They should be.

4. “Thy God my God”
-Ruth was a Moabitess.  She probably grew up worshipping idols of some sort.  But she wanted to worship the true God of Naomi.  She wanted to leave her idols and cling to the one true God.  We need to follow the Lord and leave behind everything that could possibly keep us from serving Him.

5. “Where thou diest, I will die”
-Jesus died for us on the cross.  Paul said that “I am crucified with Christ”.  We are supposed to die to ourselves.  Paul also said to “mortify the deeds of the flesh”.  Our old, fleshly nature needs to die.

6. “…and there will I be buried”
-I love the wording here and how the Bible phrases this.  In the previous part of the verse, Ruth says that where Naomi dies, she will die.  But then she says that she will be buried there, but says nothing about Naomi being buried there.  What an amazing picture of us and our Saviour!  We are crucified with Christ- we are supposed to “die where He died”.  But Christ is risen!  He is no longer buried.  Our flesh, however, should remain buried.  We should be dead to ourselves and alive to Him. 

This passage should always serve as an encouragement to us to walk with the Lord with the same attitude that Ruth had toward Naomi.  May we every be faithful to Him!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I like your observation that this verse does not say that Ruth would be buried where Naomi was buried, just a Christ is no longer buried; but we must die and be buried to self, so that we might be alive in Him. Peace, Linda


  2. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. My flesh is supposed to be dead and buried, and I am supposed to be living in Him. But sometimes my flesh doesn’t want to stay buried. It’s a constant struggle, but one the Lord has promised to help us with. Thanks!


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