Timeline of Truth: Naomi Enters Bethlehem (with Ruth) Greeted but Grieving (Ruth 1:19-22)

Naomi arrives home, to Bethlehem, with Ruth. She is recognized, and her arrival causes quite a commotion. Being called by her name (which means “pleasant” or “lovely”), Naomi bursts out in grief, instructing people to call her Mara (“bitter”) instead, because of the terrible things that have happened to her. Key in Naomi’s response is that she recognizes that God is in control of all circumstances – bad and good. By acknowledging God’s hand in tragedy, she also acknowledges her belief and hope in God to bring her good.

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