This beautiful verse fits so well into wedding ceremonies since it is a road map of marital commitment. Yet, the context of the verse is important too. Ruth’s loyalty as a Gentile Daughter-in-law is always mentioned but Naomi’s acceptance as her Jewish Mother-in-law is also a treasure trove, a role model, for the growing warmth between Jewish and Christian communities.
Ruth, a gentile, returned with her Jewish mother-in-law to her ancestral homeland after Naomi’s sons died in Moab. The ancient portrayal of Jew and
Gentile bonded together in relationship is reenacted now in the 21st century within the growing relationship between Christians who love Israel and who stand shoulder to shoulder with Israelis in their fight for existence against Islamist terrorists.
Millions of Christians like me consider our stance with Israel and the Jewish people a command from God to be in relationship with His people whom He calls, “the apple of His eye.” We owe a debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for writing our scriptures under God’s inspiration. We recognize that Christianity was birthed in the cradle of Judaism
If we emblazon Ruth’s loyalty on our hearts- first, loyalty to God then to His Chosen People- Naomi’s welcoming acceptance will show us that the Christian and Jewish communities are stronger together to face a world where anti-Semitism is rising again. Let’s abandon apathy as this scourge unfolds.