In his work entitled, “All the women of the Bible”, Dr. Herbert Lockyer wrote: “Christianity, as we are to see, brought full emancipation to womanhood, and wherever Christ is recognized as Saviour and His truth is obeyed, woman is esteemed as man’s loved companion, confidant and, in many ways, his better half. Through the centuries the social and legal status of woman has fluctuated. In times of fierce persecution they suffered much. Where heathenism still reigns, the life and lot of women are far from the freedom and joy the experience where Christianity is recognized. From the 18th century on, women in civilized lands have experienced universal education and the right to vote. Two courses confront every woman today. The one consists of pleasure-chasing, sin-loving, divorce-exalting, and sex perversion all springing from a rejection of Christ; the other course is the noblest and most beneficial for our homes, nation and church, namely, that of a God-inspired devotion which centers in the home, husband and children, and in the Scriptures. Moral laxity among girls today, and the ever-increasing divorce rate, with its progressive polygamy, constitute a call to continuous intercession that God will raise womanhood to the noble heights He intended for all the daughters of Eve.” Mother’s day has passed, but today we take the opportunity to salute the faithful mothers of our land who have taken a lesser seat in the world’s activities, not because they were less talented, less able or of lesser intellect, but because they saw the conjugal joys of the home as the most important spot in the universe. Surely, this is the most spiritual and sacrificial task that any woman can accomplish and in God’s eyes is more valuable than any earthy achievements or possessions. I am sure it is more difficult than all the labor of man’s hands and intellect for I am continually amazed at how her presence can bring immediate peace into a home.
This kind of woman we have before you today as we consider Naomi. By her husband’s decision, they left Bethlehem-judah (the house of bread) and sojourned to Moab (waste, nothingness). His decision to leave God’s people and the land of promise to save his family only brought death. It was only 30 miles from Bethlehem to Moab, but we do not have to travel far to get out of God’s will. Any time we leave God’s people and His house trouble ensues. He, and his two sons, Mahlon and Chilion died in the waste land of Moab. Naomi, penniless and jobless, returns to her former country and people. Surely, the desolations of this world bring us back to our roots as well as our God. As she returns, her two daughters in law begin the journey with her and she warns them of the hardships before her. Orpah turns back to her gods and her former country of Moab but her daughter in law, Ruth, cleaves to Naomi. She has seen something in her mother in law that she wants for herself. We need role models like this today. During their sojourn in Moab, Ruth has learned about Naomi’s God and her people, the way they worship and the truths about her God. Her speech to Naomi is of the most beautiful and poetic language ever written as Ruth expresses her dedication, not only to Naomi, her mother in law, but to Naomi’s God and her people: “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.
Surely, the women libers of our day know not what they ask for when they endeavor to break the shackles of Christianity. They set themselves and their posterity up to be the property and slaves of the tyrants we have witnessed in the recent terrors of our day whose god is a tyrant. To those mothers who honor our Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you for your faithfulness. Your reward can never be taken away!