Ruth Healing Oil
There are only two books in the Old Testament that bear the names of women, Ruth Healing Oil nd Esther. God used both of these women in two distinct ways to change the course of history. The books of Ruth and Esther show what it means to make difficult decisions during difficult times and how God can be working behind the scenes in many circumstances. However, Esther and Ruth come from very different backgrounds and circumstances.
Ruth was a poor widow who supported her mother-in-law and was a convert to Judaism. In contrast, Esther was a young woman raised a Jew and became the King of Persia’s wife. Despite their contrasting backgrounds, both were women of great faith and became redeemers for their people.
After her husband dies, Ruth pledges to stay with her mother-in-law, Naomi, despite the fact that she would not have the marital prospects she would have in her own homeland. Ruth pledges faith to Naomi and God by saying, “For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.
By chance or by the hand of God, Ruth chooses to go to a field that belongs to a man named Boaz. Boaz is impressed with Ruth’s devotion to her mother-in-law and treats her with kindness. He makes sure that Ruth does not wander to other fields where someone might take advantage of her and through his kindness; Ruth is able to gather enough grain for several days. Hearing of Boaz’s kindness Naomi constructs a plan to obtain a husband for Ruth.