Theme Of Loyalty In The Book Of Ruth

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Can someone’s loyalty to you change the way you treat them? In the Book of Ruth, Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi and God gave her what she wanted which is a husband. Loyalty was presented in so many ways in this book. Ruth was not only loyal to Naomi and God, but Boaz was loyal to Ruth by going to marry her through every circumstance. Those are the 3 instances in the story where loyalty is prominent. Ruth’s loyalty provided for her even though there wasn’t much she had. The first instance is her loyalty to Naomi. Even though Naomi wanted to send her daughters to find husbands, Ruth stayed by her side. Ruth said in Ruth 1:16-17, “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.” Even though there was much more opportunity in Moab, Ruth stayed to help Naomi. Even though it seemed that she could not find a husband, she still stayed with Naomi.
The second instance is Ruth’s loyalty to God. There are multiple times in her stay with Naomi where she could have complained to God. She was content with what she had with Naomi and God rewarded her for that. She could have given up on God because of her inability to marry a man because of where she lived.But, she stayed true in him and God took notice. It says in Ruth 2:19-22, “ 19 Her
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