Orpah and Ruth
“And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go: and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God” – (Ruth 1:14-16).
Orpah, was a
Moabite woman who married Chillion, one of the two sons of Elimelech and Naomi.
When Elimelech and his sons died in
Orpah made the decision to go back home and to her false gods and idolatry. And when she goes back, she walks off the pages of scripture into silence and oblivion. We never hear of her again. Orpah stands for the Gentile that never gets saved and born again by Christ – that hears the gospel but never becomes a new creature in the family of God. When the Lord Jesus saved me out of Roman Catholic idolatry, I left my family’s Catholic religion and there was a separation between me and my unsaved family and relatives.
Like Ruth, the Jewish God became my God and
my Savior, and I became a part of the people of the true God. Like Ruth, I made
the most important decision of my life. I’m now a part of the family of God,
and God is my Father and this sin-cursed earth is not my real home anymore.
Like Ruth, I married my kinsman redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who redeemed me by His
precious blood. I’m now a part of the church, the bride of Christ. I’m redeemed
by the blood of Christ. I’m heading for the promised land of heaven. In the redemption of Ruth the Gentile and
bringing her into the pedigree of Christ in (Mt.1) we have a type of the
calling of the Gentiles in the N.T. by the precious Redeemer on the cross into the
But Ruth stands for the saved Gentile and Orpah stands for the unsaved
Gentile. I want to draw your
attention to a well known celebrity today named Oprah Winfrey. She was supposed
to be named Orpah but it was misspelled and became Oprah instead. She’s just
another worldly unsaved Gentile
Oprah and Obama, the big double O’s, are an
exceptionally vivid example of the intersection of show business and politics.
Not only does it illustrate the degree to which presidents and celebrities
occupy the same social plateau, it also shows a shift in the presidential job
description. As a baseline requirement of the position, a modern chief
executive must now be able to present a version of himself
that is as audience-friendly as the persona of an entertainment star – he is
expected to perform the functions of a professional showman. In show business
terms, the president of the
Like the elite name of
Oprah Winfrey herself is
called a goddess, a talk show goddess. Tragically,
show had 18,500 people show up in
Yes, Ruth stands for the Gentiles who choose the true religion and the true God Jesus Christ as their Kinsman Redeemer and Orpah stands for the Gentiles who choose false religion and false gods and Antichrist instead. And only God’s born again saints have the Holy Spirit discernment to hear the voice of truth today. Are you listening in these end times? “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” – (Rev.3:22).
Don’t follow the Orpahs of this world. Be redeemed by the blood of the Kinsman Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ like the Gentile Ruth. Make the decision for Christ, the Jewish Savior of the world, the only true God. “And we know the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols” – (I Jn.5:20,21). Be a Ruth not an Orpah – be redeemed by Christ. “…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” – (Rev.5:9).
The book of Ruth is the only book in our Bible of 66 books, named for a Gentile and so it’s very important to us Gentiles. The primary purpose of the book of Ruth is to show Gentiles, that our redemption is possible only through a Kinsman Redeemer who is the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom Boaz is but a type. This little book of Ruth comes down to our level and tells the story of a Jewish man and Gentile woman who love each other. And their love story is a mirror in which we can see the divine love of our Jewish Savior-Redeemer for us Gentiles. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” – (Eph.5:25). And one day soon, all of us who were redeemed by the Lord Jesus will have the greatest mass wedding in the universe – “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” – (Rev.19:7). O, Gentile, don’t be an Orpah and spurn the love of God for you in His only begotten Son on the cross. Be a Ruth and be redeemed and born again into the family of God. “And if ye be in Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” – (Gal.3:29).
As the Gentile Ruth became a part of the Jewish family of God, so we can also by faith in Christ – “And Salmon begat Booz and Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth…” – (Mt.1:5). Both of these Gentile women, Rahab and Ruth, were Gentile brides of Jewish men and were our example of promise of becoming the Gentile bride of Christ, the Jewish Redeemer.
Orpah and Ruth also show us two kinds of commitments that are made to Jesus Christ. Many times you will find that two people who at the same time and under the same circumstance, being confronted by the truth of Christ, will make a commitment to Jesus Christ, but one truly gets saved and born again and the other doesn’t. The Orpahs do not truly believe in their heart. They are emotionally stirred for the moment. They are drawn by some superficial view of the Lord, or something they hope to gain from their commitment. At the moment you can’t tell the difference between the Orpahs and the Ruths – they both look alike. But as the two walk on in the Christian life, one begins to hang back and at last, like Orpah, comes to the place where she says –“I can’t go on any longer.” We read that Orpah turned and went back to her own people and her own gods. It was only a superficial change that had occurred; they had always been her own people and her own gods.
Ruth and Orpah demonstrate the two kinds of
church members – the professors and the possessors. Orpah made only a
profession of faith, but was never saved. Ruth produced genuine faith which
produced fruits and work. Ruth was a descendant of
It is written – “Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her” – (Ruth ). Orpah with a respectful kiss left her mother-in-law
and her people and her God, and went back to her idolatrous friends, while Ruth
with all her heart gave herself up to the God of Naomi. It’s
one thing to love the Lord when all is fair, and quite another to cleave to Him
in difficult times. The kiss of outward profession is very cheap and easy, but
the practical cleaving to the Lord, which must show itself in holy decision for
truth and holiness, is not so small a matter. Have you counted the cost? Are you
ready to suffer all worldly loss for Christ’s sake? The after gain will be an
abundant recompense, for
The household of Elimelech immigrated to
Are you an unsaved Orpah or a born again
Ruth? Have you repented of your sins and by faith believed in the Lord Jesus in
your heart for forgiveness of sins? Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I
said unto thee, Ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7).
No church membership or water baptism can ever save you. You must be baptized
with the baptism of Jesus, the baptism of the Holy Spirit into the true