Ruth said to Naomi, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’
Friend to Friend
My husband is a huge Star Trek fan. Not of the TV series. But a big fan of the Star Trek movies. He likes the action. He likes the drama. And he really likes the relationships.
There is a scene in one of the Star Trek movies where Spock is dying. His last words to his captain and friend, James T. Kirk, are these: “You have been, and always shall be, my friend.”
The same kind of exchange happens between Ruth and Naomi in the opening chapter of the book of Ruth. Ruth declares his loyalty to her friend in clear statements:
Where you go, I will go.
Where you live, I will live.
Your people will be my people.
Your God will me Read More