D’varim (Deuteronomy) 25:5-10 "If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man will not be married to a stranger outside the family; her husband's brother will go in to her, take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. And it will be that the firstborn son which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. But if the man does not want to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate to the leaders, and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to raise up a name to his brother in Israel; he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.' "Then the elders of his city will call him and speak to him; and if he stands firm and says, 'I do not want to take her,' "then his brother's wife will come to him in the presence of the leaders, remove his sandal from his foot, spit in his face, and answer and say, 'So will it be done to the man who will not build up his brother's house.' "And his name will be called in Israel, 'The house of him who had his sandal removed.'
Rut 1:14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Rut clung to her.
Orpah and Rut stand at a crossroads in their lives. Each of us at some point in our lives stand at will stand at this cross road.
Orpah symbolizes those who initially choose to follow G-d but after realizing there is a cost involved they turn back to their old ways. This is the last we ever hear of Orpah.
Rut symbolizes gentile believers in Yeshua, those who forsake their pagan religions and follow the One true G-d of Israel. She is an example of genuine true repentance, leaving everything behind to follow the G-d of Israel.
Rut 1:15 And she said, "Look, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law."
Orpah not only went back to her people she returned to her gods.
Chemosh was the chief Moabite deity who required child sacrifice. This is an example of what all false gods do. They can’t create so they copy the true G-d of Israel. Adonai has a son surely you know his name.
Proverbs 30:4 Who has ascended up into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists? who has bound the waters in a garment? who has established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell?
The Father and Son are still One. Do I understand it fully? No. He did have to also be human and take on flesh to be our kinsmen redeemer. Again we are coming on a type of what our Messiah would be.
Aleph - head, as in Creator, King; the head of a bull appointed for sacrifice, etc.
2 Kings 3:26-27 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not. Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the wall; and there was great indignation against Israel. So they departed from him and returned to their own land.
Na’omi is testing Rut to see if she will do the same thing.
Rut 1:16-17 But Rut said: "Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people will be my people, And your G-D, my G-D. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. Adonai do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me."
Wow! What a statement to make! Let’s look at this more closely and rephrase it a bit.
We all stand at the same crossroad and make a decision for eternity. Do we follow the G-d of Israel and whatever that may cost us? This may mean leaving our family, our friends, or current life style behind us. Or do we stay in our comfortable familiar surroundings and reject the G-d of Israel and His Messiah.
Aleph symbolizes the One and Only true and eternal G-d.
Note: Many include this passage in their wedding ceremonies.
Rut 1:18-19 When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she stopped speaking to her. Now the two of them went until they came to Bethlehem. And it happened, when they had come to Beth-Lechem, that all the city was excited because of them; and the women said, "Is this Na’omi?"
All the old timers in Beth-Lechem remember Na’omi. Na’omi and Rut are the talk of the town.
Rut 1:20-21 But she said to them, "Do not call me Na’omi; call me Mara, for the Almighty(Shaddai) has dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and Adonai has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Na’omi, since Adonai has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
Na’omi is feeling sorry for herself.
Rut 1:22 So Na’omi returned, and Rut the Moabitess her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Mo’av. Now they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
The barley harvest normally begins middle to late April.