Naomi’s husband Elimelech and her two sons Mahlon and Chilion, were all leaders of their generation who were severely punished with untimely deaths (see verses 2-5). Their punishment was the result of the grave sin of abandoning the Land of Israel during a time of famine. Their actions greatly demoralized the struggling nation of Israel. This first lesson of the Book of Ruth contains a valuable message for us today. We must not to turn our backs on the Promised Land, especially in her time of need.
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