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{Rachel to Ruth}

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"Ruth to Rachel" portrays the contrast of both righteousness and deceit between the different stories of two highly favored women in Scripture.

{Ruth}

The Hebrew word for Ruth means "friendship" or "companion". The importance of faithful love in human relationships among God's people is powerfully underscored. In scripture, Ruth's unswerving and selfless devotion to desolate Naomi, her mother-in-law, portrays character examples of loyalty and obedience, and later to be highly favored.

I admire the character of Ruth because she is the pristine example of a woman who chooses self-sacrifice over self-preservation. She made sure that Naomi (her mother-in-law) was taken cared of, and in turn, she was taken cared of by our Creator.

Ruth 1:16 -- But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

Ruth 2:13 -- “May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant—though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.”

(For more on Ruth, read Ruth 1-4)

{Rachel}

In scripture, Rachel had many reasons to feel good about herself:

1) She was quick-witted

2) She was attractive and described as having a "lovely figure and beautiful," turning heads of men like Jacob

 3) She was loved--Jacob willingly worked seven years for her father just for the privilege of marrying her. Although her story may not have been the greatest of love stories (involving her sister in deceit and discontentment), the choices she made changed history.

In the end, I think the true lesson that we can learn from Rachel and her story is that the Lord can definitely use ordinary, flawed people to change any course of history.

For more on Rachel, read Genesis 29

Genesis 29:16-18 -- Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah had weak[a] eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. 18 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.”.

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