From Naomi to Mara: A Perspective on Bitterness

Ruth - The Gleaners Jean Francois Millet
“The Gleaners,” by french artist Jean Francois Millet, 1857

I got a marvelous comment on my first reading of Ruth Chapter 1 that made me see a lot that I missed. I found this post in a Google search to look at the things my commenter brought up. It is a marvelous writeup and explanation of a key lesson in Ruth that just flew right by me as I read it for the first time.

This perspective is marvelous, and I appreciate it very much.

If you have the time, check out this fantastic blog article on Naomi’s choice of bitterness in contrast to Ruth’s choice to have faith.

Now that it’s been shown to me, it is so blatant and so obvious.  Won’t you read this article from Think Biblically! It’s a wonderful perspective to add in Ruth’s opening chapter, and this is the kind of sharing I’m after.  We should all want information and correction and ideas from other believers.  That is the whole point and sole object of my First Reading series.  I’ll be going through the book of Ruth with you all week, and so I hope that you will get as excited about the learning as I am.

See you in Chapter 2.



Think Biblically!

Ruth 1:20 “… Don’t call me Naomi.  Call me Mara, she answered, for the Almighty has made me very bitter.” (HCSB)

Bitterness is a funny thing.  Perhaps funny is not the right word, because there really isn’t anything funny about bitterness.  Bitterness is destructive.  Bitterness leads toward rebellion.  Bitterness rips at our heart and soul.  Bitterness leads us away from the green pastures and still waters of Psalm 23 that our Lord leads us into for nourishment.  Yet, I am reminded that just as the Lord leads us to that place of nourishment, Psalm 23:4 reminds us that he also leads us into the valley of the shadow of death.  How do we as humans process all the human grief and goodness of ourselves and others without becoming tripped up in bitterness?  Lets take a look at the book of Ruth and observe from the life of Naomi some perspective…

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